Richardson Design Gets Playful at the Children’s Museum of Cleveland

PROJECT NAME Children’s Museum of Cleveland
LOCATION Cleveland
FIRM
SQ. FT. 10,000 SQF

The new digs—the historic on Millionaire’s Row—is four times bigger than before. It’s also infinitely more playful, thanks to a new visual identity crafted by . “We wrapped the historic interior in a constant cream color, better known by the museum as ‘cake batter,’” explains senior designer . “And we used an unexpected color palette to activate exhibits,” which include a multi-level treehouse, science space, art studio, and dollhouse gallery. Each boasts a signature color united by plywood and metallic finishes, a nod to ’s industrial character.

The Children’s Museum of Cleveland in the Stager-Beckwith mansion. Photography by .
Adventure City offers a treehouse, rooftop garden, market, and construction site. Photography by Mark Steele.
Bright purple seating and magnetic wall tile define the Wonder Lab. Photography by Mark Steele.
Tudor castle elements reference the historic mansion, brightened up with yellow and orange accents, in the Arts & Parts art studio. Photography by Mark Steele.
The Making Miniatures galleries display handmade dollhouses, in rooms that resemble them.  Photography by Mark Steele.

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