Architecture by humans and animals

17th of November 2019 – 19th of September 2021

An interactive hands-on exhibition by the Graz Kindermuseum FRida & freD


Buildings are being built everywhere! Have you already noticed? Apartment blocks, office buildings, schools, train stations, concert halls, shopping centers... Many questions arise for the planners, architects, craftsmen and technicians. Isn't it great that there are extremely skilful and very experienced animal-experts they can refer to?!

In our exhibition, ants, beavers, polar bears and many more animals tell you, what, how, where and why they are building. Animals build instinctively. They simply know which material and location to choose, and which size and construction is the right one for their nests, chambers, pits or sticks. Humans, on the other hand, have many different reasons for building complex structures, based around their needs and ideas. They want to achieve a lot with their buildings and show that everything is possible. But the principles of building are the same for humans and animals: you'll notice that in our exhibition!

In our children's museum you have a lot to do: You can build a bridge or a tree house, create exciting facades, find out how big an accommodation actually has to be and construct your own dream house. You will get inspired by the animals how to use as little energy or space as possible and find your favourite building material.

Whether you'll be using scissors and glue, string and file, computer and spirit level, whether your buildings are whacky, useful, stable or daring, small or large: Build whatever you like and find out what you enjoy about architecture and building culture!

There is a comprehensive programme accompanying the exhibition with guided tours and workshops in German. In case you are interested in booking a guided tour or a workshop in English, be sure to do so well in advance so we are able to prepare your visit in the best possible way. Bookings can be made via E-Mail.

Exhibition folder in German

Please note for your visit:
In order to make your stay as pleasant as possible, only a maximum of 120 guests can stay on the two floors of the Children's Museum. We therefore reserve the right to limit admission on crowded days.
Thank you for your understanding.

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