Meet Rio’s Newest Museum:
The Museum of Tomorrow
March 29, 2016
March 29, 2016
In December of 2015, Rio unveiled its grandest architectural masterpiece to date: the Museum of Tomorrow (Museu do Amanhã). Part of the city’s $2 billion commitment to revitalize the old port area in Rio in time for the summer Olympics, the museum is now said to be the most interesting piece of modern architecture in all of South America.
Designed by famed Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava for 230 million reais (€56 million), the museum was inspired by Rio’s botanical gardens and toys with the ideas of sustainability and environment. Through its eco-friendly design, the museum gets almost 10% of its electricity from solar panels and is said to use 40% less energy than comparable modern buildings.
The museum attempts to tackle daunting questions about humanity, consumption, sustainability, and pollution. It reminds visitors that humans have had the single biggest environmental impact on the planet, and asks us to question the direction of humanity. Through interesting and interactive exhibits, visitors ponder whether or not this generation will be the age of humanity’s greatest discoveries and solutions, or one of destruction and negative impact.
While the exhibits and design are provocative, the museum also boasts outstanding grounds and phenomenal views of Guanabara Bay, so visitors should be sure to spend some time exploring the exterior of the museum as well.
Entry price: R$ 10.00 (free entry on Tuesdays)
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm (box office closes at 5 pm)
Schedule: Tuesday through Sunday (closed on Mondays)
Address: Praça Mauá, 1 – Centro. Rio de Janeiro
Metro: Uruguaiana (driving is not recommended as there is no parking garage at the museum)