A new interactive gallery, Wonderlab, presents a new type of immersive playground for children, introducing new scientific discovery, opened at London’s Science Museum. Designed by Muf, this spectacular gallery is derived from the need to clearly communicate scientific principles, while introducing a playful environment inside.
Wonderlab challenges the generic bright, wipe clean, panelled architecture of many schools and public spaces, instead Muf has created a robust, hardworking space which also delivers a sense of grandeur and delight. Muf’s design draws on well known spaces of scientific discovery and learning – Faraday’s lecture hall can be seen in the show space, the orrery recalls George Wright of Derby’s famous painting, and a visit to the still-in-use chemistry labs in Oxford inspired the Chemistry Bar.
The permanent gallery features unique exhibits, specially-commissioned artworks, explosive demonstrations and immersive experiences led by the Museum’s talented team of science communicators, Explainers, to inspire visitors of all ages to wonder at the science and mathematics that shape our lives. With over 50 exhibits across seven zones, visitors to the gallery will explore the incredible phenomena that occur around us every day, with topics as diverse as sound, forces, light, electricity, maths, matter and space. Wonderlab is also home to three live demonstration areas and a 120-capacity showspace inspired by the Royal Institution’s world-renowned Faraday Theatre.
Come and think like a scientist at Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery.