Railroad Museum

Temporary themed exposition for the whole family

Over a century ago the first electric trains appeared on the Dutch railway network. Reason for the Railroad Museum to celebrate an electric centennial with a temporary themed exposition for the whole family. DST was approached to develop and realise a children’s exhibit that had to entertain, educate and excite.

Spoorwegmuseum

 

Children’s exhibit and Voltman

Together with children and museum staff, DST developed a storyline that allowed young visitors to explore the exhibition and realised the children’s exhibit at the heart of it. The story revolved around Voltman, the character running the trains’ power plant. When the powerplant goes offline, the trains are in danger of running out of ‘steam’. Voltman then needed the children to help him find a special code in the exhibition to get the power plant online again.

Using short movies, puzzles, text and hands-on exhibits the children learned how electric train work, and what it takes to make them run on time. And of course there was a small present after successfully helping out Voltman. The museum attracted 100,000 visitors in the time the special exhibition ran. Especially in bank holidays Voltman played a major role as a family host to the exhibition.

Lelystad Nature Park

Tempting visitors to go for a walk

Commissioned by Het Flevo-landschap, DST rearranged the visitor centre and the central area of Lelystad Nature Park. Main aim of the new arrangement was to encourage visitors to go for a walk. And to go and discover just a little bit more than on an earlier visit.

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“Play here like an animal”.

Discovering that each season is unique

In the past, the vast majority of visitors in Lelystad Nature Park only got to watch the otters. Or they made a short walk around the central pond. In the visitor centre, people discovered that much more is going on in the park. A video shows there are more animal species than they may have thought. In the Landscape Game, all animals and plants appear to be linked to one another. On the big map with stories, visitors learn that every season is different and unique.

Experiencing nature

Today, visitors also discover animals such as wisents, Przewalski’s horses and red deer at the far end of the park. In deciding the length of their walk, they can follow the signs in the park showing the estimated time to their destination. On the outer wall of the visitor centre they can print out a personalised route map for free. Yet there will always be visitors who really prefer to stay close to the visitor centre. They can enjoy the tranquillity of the Water Garden. Children can enjoy the Nature Playground: “Play like an animal”. And that means mimicking the nosedive of a hawk, building a nest from tree branches, or crawling through a foxhole. In other words: experiencing nature.

 

 

Flevo landscape

Archeoroute Schokland

Today, the former island of Schokland in the Northeast Polder is part of the mainland with forests and flat farmland. The remains of the colourful history of the area have all but disappeared. Then how do you teach that history to 10- to 13-year-old children? With hands-on resources. With stories about their peers. And a teaching package that has already introduced the subject at school.

 

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How do you teach about history? With stories about peers. 

 

Glimpses into the past

DST gave meaning to Archeoroute Schokland. Spread across this first Dutch UNESCO World Heritage listed site are nine educational spots of many meters high and wide. At each spot, visitors can read about the adventures of young inhabitants from earlier times. Archaeological treasures and landscape features are woven into the text and illustrations. Children can turn discs with illustrations, making the area appear in a historical period before the current Schokland landscape. The spots are real ‘glimpses’ into the past.

Widest possible range

Part of Archeoroute Schokland is a quest for individual visitors. For children to really learn the ins and outs, a school visit would be ideal. For that reason, we designed a teaching package for groups 6, 7 and 8 of primary schools. That way they learn about the successive landscapes and archaeological finds on the island.

The teaching package is the perfect preparation for a field trip to Schokland, but it can also be used in the classroom by itself. With a website, children may also give a talk, or work on an individual or class project on Schokland. In addition, the student also takes the educational tools home, to their families and may inspire them for a visit too. In that way, the resources will ensure the widest possible range of this project.