The National Museum of Science and Technology choses Funka
Recently a new science centre for children at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm opened. Funka has been involved throughout the building and development process to ensure that as many people as possible can take part actively in the exhibition.
The science centre has taken more than three years to construct, and covers over 2000 square metres.
From the very first project meeting in June 2012, I wanted us to create a science centre based on the key words “for everyone” and “together”, Åsa Lindgren, Project Manager for MegaMind, as the science center is called, comments. It has been a challenge and an educational process where the most important insight has been that all kids and young people want challenges and test their limits, regardless of abilities, and where Funka’s ideas have been of great value for us.
From start to finish
Funka has been involved for a major part of project, from the first designs to the survey of the completed exhibition. We have been able to provide advice and support to achieve a high degree of accessibility. Funka’s assignment included specifications for procurements, inventory, a review of the design from an accessibility perspective and support during the project.
The museum has also had a high level of ambition in terms of accessibility, among other things, they have had reference groups with representatives from various disability organisations and research institutions associated with the project. Regular user tests have also been made during the project.
It has been exciting to follow the project from concept to completion, says Tommy Hagström, Accessibility Expert on the built environment at Funka. It is also satisfying to work with a client who has a high level of ambition in terms of accessibility.
Ahead of the opening, Funka also conducted a training session in communication and treatment, in two stages. First with the entire staff of the museum, then an involvement exercise for staff working at the exhibition. During the training session, participants had the opportunity to try for themselves what it is like orienting with a simulated visual impairment and how to get around using a wheelchair.
It has been really rewarding and it is something we plan to do regularly, says Gunhild Eriksson, Deputy Head of the Public Department at the National Museum of Science and Technology. We see this training session as a pilot for the entire museum.