Museum of Tomorrow

MUSEUM OF TOMORROW

How great is that? Museums by definition tend to look back, but why not look forward? The Rio Museum of Tomorrow is a legacy project of the Rio Olympics and it has a superb location right downtown at the waterfront, part of the port area rehabilitation. It is actually billed as a science museum, but it is really an overarching commentary of the world type of thing.

The architect is one of my favorites - Santiago Calatrava from Spain. Calatrava's buildings tend to be signature buildings, and as a structural engineer he has also designed some amazing bridges.

Here is the setting - the plaza in front is great for waveboarding, and we have been there several times already. The light rail system was also put in for the Olympics and more lines are still under construction.

Here is the setting - the plaza in front is great for waveboarding, and we have been there several times already. The light rail system was also put in for the Olympics and more lines are still under construction.

Lili's style sample.

Lili's style sample.

Pretty cool entrance! 

Pretty cool entrance! 

We had read reviews online that said that the museum is all building and little content. Well just shows how dumb it can be to rely on the internet for your choices - we thought this museum was super interesting. Right at the start of the exhibit there is a 10 minute Imax movie that you can watch lying on your back on the floor - I enjoyed especially the underwater nature bits where there were lots and lots of jellyfish floating over us. 

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 Some other exhibits utilized gigantic video screens to create a huge multimedia show. Again, you could lie on your back if you chose.

 

A panorama pic of one of the displays. (No idea how it loads on this blog app. )   

A panorama pic of one of the displays. (No idea how it loads on this blog app. )

 

Another panorama of the multimedia screens.    We got swipe cards at the entrance that we could place on exhibits and then the text all switched to English. You could type in your name and email address and then the museum would remember which exhibits you had seen (and they can of course track what people view). It is a really high tech place.   We visited on the day of free admission (another benefit of an unhurried sabbatical) so there were quite a few people but we looked in detail into some screens that talked about the future of DNA modification, artificial body parts, individualized medicine and the ethical questions around scientific advances. We have also watched our favorite vet program on the iPad and learned about harvesting stem cells to treat illnesses - in that case for kidney failure in a cat. I love how the stuff we see starts to have connotations for Lili. This makes for great conversations.

Another panorama of the multimedia screens.  

We got swipe cards at the entrance that we could place on exhibits and then the text all switched to English. You could type in your name and email address and then the museum would remember which exhibits you had seen (and they can of course track what people view). It is a really high tech place.

We visited on the day of free admission (another benefit of an unhurried sabbatical) so there were quite a few people but we looked in detail into some screens that talked about the future of DNA modification, artificial body parts, individualized medicine and the ethical questions around scientific advances. We have also watched our favorite vet program on the iPad and learned about harvesting stem cells to treat illnesses - in that case for kidney failure in a cat. I love how the stuff we see starts to have connotations for Lili. This makes for great conversations.

This was in the ecosystem exhibits.  

This was in the ecosystem exhibits.  

One night we had a new type of animal visit our patio. It looked bigger than a rat, and had a long nose. It sat on top of the fence for quite a while and was super cute. We thought it might be a coati but it did not have a hairy tail. Then Isabela told us that it must have been a 'gamba'. And here it was! In English it is called a Big Eared Opossum. 

One night we had a new type of animal visit our patio. It looked bigger than a rat, and had a long nose. It sat on top of the fence for quite a while and was super cute. We thought it might be a coati but it did not have a hairy tail. Then Isabela told us that it must have been a 'gamba'. And here it was! In English it is called a Big Eared Opossum. 

Very funky design on the interior as well.  We are getting ready to leave here.

Very funky design on the interior as well.  We are getting ready to leave here.

Lili showing her power! Yes! 

Lili showing her power! Yes! 

Father and daughter. This area is at the end of the museum, an aboriginal style house of learning, sharing and storytelling.

Father and daughter. This area is at the end of the museum, an aboriginal style house of learning, sharing and storytelling.

...and back onto the board right outside the exit door! 

...and back onto the board right outside the exit door!