Museu do Amanhã is a unique science museum: a space for the exploration of possibilities with exhibitions based on data provided by research institutions and monitoring of the planet’s vital signs in Brazil and around the world. Audiovisual and interactive installations lead visitors to think about the past, understand current trends and imagine future possibilities.
The museum will reflect on the geological era in which we live, the Anthropocene, when man’s impact on the planet has caused climate change, degraded biomes and interfered with ecosystems.
Topics such as climate change, population growth and increased lifespan, patterns of consumption, genetic modification and bioethics, distribution of wealth, technological advances and changes in biodiversity are among the concepts around which the museum is based. It is also a museum of ethics and philosophy, a space for reflection on the decision to live sustainably and in harmony with people and nature.
The museum has partnerships with some of the most important science institutions in Brazil and abroad, such as MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), UNESCO, and the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research. The Laboratory of Tomorrow’s Activities will be a space for debate and research on changing professions. The Observatory of Tomorrow will be a space for study and presentation of the latest scientific research and technology about topics relevant to the museum, and will also be the source for regular updating of the museum’s long-term exhibitions. The museum will ensure full access to all physical spaces and content to people of all abilities and needs.
With an iconic building designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the museum is a highlight of Porto Maravilha, a revitalization project of Rio de Janeiro’s port area. The building covers 15,000 square meters on 30,000 square meters of land featuring greenspaces, reflecting pools, a bike path and recreation areas. It employs sustainable architecture practices, including the use of water from the Guanabara Bay in the climate control system. Solar panels to generate electricity on moveable roof panels will follow the sun throughout the day.
The Museum of Tomorrow is an initiative of the City of Rio de Janeiro and the Roberto Marinho Foundation, with Santander as the main sponsor and with support from the state government, through the Secretariat of the Environment, and from the federal government, through the Fund for Research and Projects (FINEP) and the Port Authority.