China recently debuted its first design museum for children—the Kids Museum of Glass! Housed in a former industrial workshop, the Shanghai museum invites kids to explore the amazing capabilities of glass with an Up-Cycling theater, multimedia workshops, and installations featuring kaleidoscopic sculptures and prisms.
The Kids Museum of Glass is the newest addition to the ever-growing Glass + Park, one of Shanghai’s trendsetting creative hubs, and is located adjacent to the Shanghai Museum of Glass. The concept and design of the museum are by COORDINATION ASIA’s Tilman Thürmer, and combines art, design, performances, films and games in a creative, interactive and educational environment. The colorful space in a reused building incorporates green design elements, including special air filters to provide clean air to museum-goers (a concern for smog-ridden China) and sustainable, durable materials.
With its kaleidoscopic patterns, natural materials and contrasting sleek blackened glass surfaces, the educational design space is perfect for children ages 4 to 10 to learn about the basics of glass in a playful and fun way. Street inspired materials such as simple plywood and sterling board give the space an edgy, playful and welcoming feel.
The museum is a playground for kids to explore the amazing capabilities of glass through interactive installations with an array of touch and play activities, performances, films, and games. Exhibits demonstrate how a prism works, explain what smart glass is, and how lightning can create glass. Kids will learn how glass is used in the design world through easy to understand analogies through concepts like “The Beach,” “The Circus,” and “The Factory.”
Everything is designed to be touched and interacted with. Creative kids can even practice their sketching skills by drawing an art piece on the spot in one of the ‘Draw Me’ installations. The basics are served up through bite-sized information while children play with the various glass-themed, intuitive installations, which encourage them to explore the topics independently.
With a playground, an art space, a second classroom and an event venue, the Kids Museum of Glass is a multifunctional and exciting new experience, which aims to become the new cultural destination for families with children in Shanghai and beyond.
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