Hohhot Children’s Museum

Master planning, architectural and exhibit design for new children’s museum in China

Cambridge Seven Associates was commissioned by the Lao Niu Foundation to provide master planning, architectural and exhibit design for the Hohhot Children’s Discovery Museum and Park, the first in Inner Mongolia, and the largest children’s museum in China. The museum contains more than 155,000 square feet of exhibit space, organized in two wings, "Explore" and "Investigate." The “Explore” wing provides a sequential exploration from the human body to the world, beginning with the Me, Family, and City galleries, on the ground floor and taking children through the Region, Country, World, and Space galleries as they rise through the building on a series of ascending platforms. The “Investigate” wing takes visitors through time from Earth Formation and Prehistoric Life, then Ancient Times and Early Inventions, and finally to Modern Times and the Future galleries. Here the highly participatory exhibits stress the deeper investigation of phenomena, with a focus on STEM learning.