The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has engaged in an exciting transformation timed to coincide with its upcoming centennial in 2020. Thinc designed four new galleriesâ€”Astronomy & Cosmology, Ohio, Smead Discovery Center, and the Living Planetâ€”to offer fresh opportunities to engage with the natural world in an environment of wonder, exchange, exploration, and joy.
The first phase of this project, The Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center and Woods Garden, opened in September 2016. It provides intimate and memorable encounters with many of Ohioâ€™s native species and diverse ecological systems in action. Innovative, suspended animal trails immerse visitors in natural habitats and encourage them to wander with the animals, not just than look at them. Parallel play activities: slides, balance lines, and a range of othersâ€”encourage empathy with the animals and understanding of their unique capabilities.