What often fascinate me more are the actual museums. They are the architectural currency of the modern world really. Today there are more than 55.000 museums worldwide, more than double the number 25 years ago. Amid all these new international openings, it’s vital to identify the most pilgrimage-worthy new sites you must visit now or when they open within the next few years.
The spectacular building designed by Santiago Calatrava is itself a draw to this science museum, a 15,000m sq area on the Pier Mauá that incorporates a huge reflective pool, gardens, and cycle paths. The main exhibition at the “museum of tomorrow” is the brainchild of physicist and cosmologist Luiz Alberto Oliveira.