Museum of Tomorrow
|Museu do Amanhã|
|Established||17 December 2015|
|Area||15,000 m2 (160,000 sq ft)|
The Museum of Tomorrow (Portuguese: Museu do Amanhã) is a science museum in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was designed by Spanish neofuturistic architect Santiago Calatrava, and built next to the waterfront at Pier Maua. Its construction was supported by the Roberto Marinho Foundation and cost approximately 230 million reais. The building was opened on December 17, 2015, with President Dilma Rousseff in attendance.
The main exhibition takes visitors through five main areas: Cosmos, Earth, Anthropocene, Tomorrow, and Us via a number of experiments and experiences. This intricate yet captivating museum mixes science with an innovative design to focus on sustainable cities and an ecological world.
As the Museu do Amanhã progressed, the funding for traditional museums continued to be cut by the government of President Dilma Rousseff. The National Museum and its internationally important collections were neglected, the building becoming unsafe electrically, and in September 2018 it was completely destroyed by fire, with firefighters complaining that the lack of water pressure prevented them from fighting the fire effectively. Criticisms were expressed that giving priority to the future over the past had led to the loss of collections which could never be replaced. The Deputy Director of the National Museum, Luiz Fernando Dias Daniel, said that government neglect had caused the fire.
- "Museum of Tomorrow: a captivating invitation to imagine a sustainable world". The Guardian. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
- "Rio's flashy new Museum of Tomorrow overlooks a big problem of today". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
- "Fire at Brazil National Museum engulfs 200-year-old building". Deutsche Welle. 2 September 2018. Archived from the original on 3 September 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
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