The first children’s museum and science center, Muzeiko, opened this week in Bulgaria in the capital of Sofia. The massive 35,000 square foot space, designed by New York-based Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, encompasses three stories of exhibition space. Designed to mimic Bulgaria’s mountainous regions, the museum represents The Past, The Present and The Future, inviting young minds to explore everything from archaeology to space travel.
The country’s first kids’ museum brings a bevy of interactive exhibitions and sustainable design under one roof. Kids can dig into history in the lower level, called “The Past.” Exhibitions covering archaeology, geology and paleontology introduce young minds to the ancient world and its inhabitants. The main floor, or “The Present,” touches on the natural environment and urban planning, complete with hands-on activities and exhibits. Upstairs, the focus is science and space exploration, with interactive exhibitions outlining technology, space and the future of civilization.
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The museum itself takes a cue from futuristic design, with an open and airy floor plan that connects to the outside. The glassy structure is interrupted by geometric forms that seem to jut out of the façade with bright color and texture. The colors used coincide with traditional Bulgarian crafts, such as textiles and embroidery, glazed ceramics and wood carving.
Learning extends outdoors, with a science playground, climbing wall, amphitheater and sustainable features such as a rain garden and insulating green roof.