Rio de Janeiro takes a step into the future with its newest museum: The Museum of Tomorrow. Designed by the Award-winning Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the giant structure resembles a ship skeleton overlooking the Guanabara Bay. The roof capped with solar panels moves to follow the position of the sun. From the giant pool behind the museum, you can see the Rio-Niteroi bridge in the distance.The Catalan architect says he was inspired by the bromeliads in Rio’s Botanical Gardens.
The science museum explores topics such as climate change, population growth, changes in biodiversity, genetic engineering, bioethics, and new advances in technology. The museum focuses on interactive installations and audiovisual displays.
The Museum of Tomorrow is the centerpiece of the Porto Maravilha revitalization project. The extravagant structure, located on the Mauá Pier, is part of the effort to revamp the city’s cultural offerings in time for the Olympics.
The area around Praça Mauá has undergone a radical transformation. This was once a no-go area, dangerous and desolated. Now there’s a number of residential and commercial real-estate projects in progress. The transportation was also improved to connect all the city center.
Rio Art Museum (MAR)
The Rio Art Museum, which opened in 2013, is also part of the Porto Maravilha revitalization project. The architects faced the challenge of uniting three existing buildings with different architectural styles to house the museum. The result is surprisingly pleasant. To save some money you can buy tickets to both museums together.