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Design a Museum

Students will identify the type of museum they would like to create and design a building for that new museum. Their designs will contain architectural features and eco-friendly elements suitable for the type of museum they plan to create.

PROCESS:

  1. Invite students to explore the Amos Rex website. Encourage them to click on each link so they can appreciate the museum's overall design. As a class, discuss the challenges architects faced when creating an underground museum. Then discuss how the museum's design is a good reflection of the type of exhibits it contains.
  2. Brainstorm a list of different types of museums. If necessary, offer suggestions such as art, history, science, children's, etc. As a class, in small groups, or with a partner, encourage students to pick the type of museum they would most like to create.
  3. Encourage students to brainstorm ideas for their new museum. As they do, instruct them to select a type of architecture that they think is appropriate for their concept. Point out that the design should also contain elements that will draw people in to see their exhibits. As an extra challenge, encourage them to make their buildings eco-friendly.
  4. Give students time to draw and/or create a mock-up of their museums.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to present their drawings and/or mock-ups to the class. Encourage them to explain why they think the museum's architecture is a good match for their concept and how their design will draw visitors in to see the exhibits. Challenge classmates to identify eco-friendly aspects in each design.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Poll the class to identify the type of museum students would most like to create. Encourage students to offer ideas for the building's design. Then give each student a piece of paper. Invite each student to draw a picture showing what he or she thinks the museum should look like.
Grades 5-6:
Have students identify the type of museum they would most like to create. Divide the class into small groups based upon students' selections. If possible, provide examples of different types of architecture for students to study. Then encourage groups to identify the type of architecture they think would be the best fit for the kind of museum they are designing. Challenge groups to come up with a design that includes ideas from each group member. Then give them time to draw a picture of their new museum.
Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into pairs. Instruct partners to select the type of museum they would like to create. Encourage them to also think about different types of exhibits their museum might contain. Instruct partners to select an appropriate type of architecture for their new building. Challenge them to include elements that are eco-friendly. Have partners draw a blueprint for their museum's interior design. Then give them time to create a mockup of their building's exterior.
Grades 9-10:
Divide the class into pairs. Instruct partners to select the type of museum they would like to create. Encourage them to also brainstorm ideas for two unique exhibits their museum could present. Instruct partners to select an appropriate type of architecture for their new building. Challenge them to include elements that are eco-friendly. Have partners draw a picture of their museum's exterior. Then instruct each partner to create a mock-up for one of the museum's exhibits.