(c) Eduardo Martino. Jonathan Dunn, Consul General for the UK in Rio de Janeiro, Jean M. Franczyk, deputy director, Science Museum, Pedro Sotero, executive director, Museu do Amanha.

Science Museum partners with Brazilian museum

Rebecca Atkinson, 07.07.2015
Organisations agree to work together to promote science and share skills
The Science Museum in London has signed a partnership agreement with the Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The agreement was signed last week during a seminar at the Museu de Arte do Rio. It means that the two museums will work together to promote exhibitions and share skills and scientific knowledge through staff exchanges, events and education programmes.  A Science Museum exhibition will also travel to the Brazilian museum next year.

The two museums have been developing the partnership agreement since 2013 as part of the British Council’s Transform Museums programme, which develops exchange between Brazilian and British museums.

“We believe that this is a powerful partnership to expand and qualify the initiatives from both museums, committed to build a more conscious society through access and engagement with science,” said Lucimara Letelier, the deputy director of arts at the British Council.

The British Council will continue to support the partnerships by enabling staff exchanges and teacher capacity building.

Jean Franczyk, the deputy director of the Science Museum, who attended the seminar to sign the agreement, said: “We are happy to initiate the partnership with the Museum of Tomorrow and with the opportunities that come from this exchange.

"We both have the objective of widening the knowledge of science so that the population can take part in big debates about the future and contribute to the prosperity and well-being of our nations.”

The Museum of Tomorrow is due to open later this year in the redeveloped Rio harbour area. The $106m (US dollars) science museum is being funded by the Rio de Janeiro City Hall and Fundação Roberto Marinho (Roberto Marinho Foundation), and is sponsored by Santander Bank.