Chicago Children's Museum Tactile Map

Thermo-formed PVC Blister Pack

Way-Finding Tool Rewarded with Edible Treats


The Chicago Children’s Museum Tactile Map supplements the architectural site with clues and activities correlating with the architects’ plan. It is designed to enhance the patron experience; each “candy bar” reveals a unique journey through the museum, encouraging return visitors and new discoveries in the museum.

In conjunction with the mission statement of the Chicago Children's Museum, this way-finding tool will help supplement the education of children fostering curiosity and imagination. The program of each map varies for different ages and abilities: each journey has its own appropriate risks, challenges, and rewards.

Both children and adults are compelled to explore and discover the unknown, developing courage, logic, and social skills, drawing children and their parents/caregivers closer while navigating the museum’s many mysteries. As more time is spent in the museum more is revealed: deepening the experience of each successive visit.

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Children can chooose to direct their experience according to the tactile map, or enrich the moment of where they stand.
Children can chooose to direct their experience according to the tactile map, or enrich the moment of where they stand.
A controversial location, the museum will be built on the North end of Millenium Park.
A controversial location, the museum will be built on the North end of Millenium Park.
Experiences in the museum correlate with cells in the blister pack.
Experiences in the museum correlate with cells in the blister pack.