The astonishing Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro

Musée de Demain, Rio de Janeiro

On the eve of the 2016 Olympic Games, Rio inaugurates the « Museum of Tomorrow », designed by architect Santiago Calatrava.

The city of Rio de Janeiro has inaugurated a new « experimental museum » called the Museum of Tomorrow. It will be dedicated to exploring the possibilities of a sustainable future through interactive objects bringing together science, art, technology and culture. The museum is also expected to address questions such as « How will we live in future years? »

Housed in a magnificent building reminiscent of a spaceship, it will be the centerpiece of a project to regenerate the Porto Maravilha district. The building’s most eye-catching feature is the large cantilevered roof that juts out over an artificial pier (Pier Mauá).

Musée de Demain, Rio de Janeiro

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Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who has created other iconic buildings around the world, including the Olympic Stadium in Athens in 2004, and the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, the Museum of Tomorrow features a sustainable design, integrating natural light and energy sources. 5492 photovoltaic panels divided into 24 modules are installed on the roof to capture solar energy, and water from the bay will be used to air-condition the building.

The museum itself covers an area of 15,000 m² and is set in the middle of a 30,000 m² wooded park with ponds, bicycle paths and a recreation area. At the inauguration of this building, which is sure to be one of the stars of tourism during the Olympic Games in Rio, President Dilma Rousseff, together with the Governor and Mayor of Rio, said: « Today we are inaugurating a heritage of humanity (…) because soon the Museum of Tomorrow will be a heritage of humanity and will transform this whole region into a great site to express the history of our country ».

This science museum took three years to build, at a cost of 215 million reais (50 million euros). Inside the museum are interactive zones and a 360-degree cinema.

Musée de Demain, Rio de Janeiro

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Musée de Demain, Rio de Janeiro

Photo credit: Bernard Miranda Lessa

Musée de Demain, Rio de Janeiro

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Musée de Demain, Rio de Janeiro

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Musée de Demain, Rio de Janeiro

Photo credit: Thales Leite

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