asks Museu do Amanhã (Museum of tomorrow) in Rio de Janeiro….
It was a crazy bet: to create an ultra-modern museum devoted to our immediate future and the energies of tomorrow, in a little known area. Driven by the energy of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, the construction of the Museum of Tomorrow (Museu do Amanhã) was completed in record time on the quays of Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro.
The museum that has pointed Brazil´s gaze to the future!
Between the presentation of plans by Santiago Calatrava Valls, the Spanish architect who designed the museum of tomorrow and its inauguration in December 2015 by then President Dilma Rousseff, three years passed. This futuristic project is anchored in the renovation of certain areas of the city of Rio de Janeiro such as Porto Maravilha with its jetty at the Plaza Maua plaza, which hosts the tourist boats of the bay where in centuries past, slaves from Africa landed.
A museum with a resolutely forward-looking design
This bold building is reminiscent of an immense insect where a skeletal monster bristled with metallic features invites the public to explore the possibilities of a sustainable future through interactive objects that bring together science, art, technology and culture.
“The Museum of Tomorrow will be a world heritage site and will turn this whole region into a great location to express the history of our country,” said the President in her opening speech.
The construction of the building is based on the ecological concepts that it is supposed to embody: the bay water is drawn to supply the vast air conditioning system and huge metal structures on the roof, consisting of thousands of solar panels and articulated like wings, capture the solar energy necessary for the electricity supply of the building. Very low and very long, it has a huge cantilevered awning. Gardens, ponds, and a bike path with a recreation area surround it.
A result of international collaboration
Consisting of numerous exhibition halls, a 360 ° cinema and a panoramic restaurant, the Museum of Tomorrow was created through partnerships, such as with the Musée de la Villette in Paris, the Smithsonian Institute and California Academy of Sciences. This gallery of the future encourages visitors to reflect on the world of tomorrow. For example, how to live harmoniously in a community of up to 9 billion people, and how to use the resources of the Earth in the most reasonable way possible.
In just a few months, the museum has become a must see in a visit to Rio de Janeiro.
Museum of Tomorrow Rio Opening Hours
Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00
(FREE ADMISSION ON TUESDAYS)
Enjoy your visit!
photo credit: The Museum of Tomorrow © DR