Located in the heart of Mexico City, Papalote Museo del Niño is one of the largest and most beloved children’s museums in Latin America. In 2014, the Papalote Board approved funding for a major renovation of exhibitions and interpretive programs and appointed Chora, a museum consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., to lead the interpretive master planning process. In partnership with Chora and Weldon Exhibits, I served as lead interpretive planner and content developer.
The vision was for the new Papalote to be known for the way it integrates scientific literacy as a fundamental way of thinking with play as a fundamental way of learning. The interpretive master plan organized the content and physical layout into six thematic zones that invite visitors to explore the human body, Mexico’s natural history, family and community, city life, and a maker space.
From "Mad Gardener" interpreters to the last living salamanders of Xolchimilcon, unexpected guides pop up everywhere to surprise, teach and engage.