Based at Casa Andresen, at Porto’s Botanical Garden, the Hall of Biodiversity – Ciência Viva Center is the outcome of the first phase of the ambitious rehabilitation project of the Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto (MHNC-UP), which is currently underway in close collaboration with Ciência Viva Agency.
Located in one of the most emblematic places in the city of Porto – the Botanical Garden, which together with it integrates the second pole of the Museum, the Hall of Biodiversity, officially opened to the public by His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on June 30, 2017, is the first Ciência Viva Center specifically devoted to biodiversity.
A space in which the arts connect with biology and natural history, fostering a wide range of sensorial experiences, carefully and intentionally crafted with the purpose of celebrating the diversity of life, the Hall of Biodiversity is the first museology platform in the world to be conceived from the start according to the total museology philosophy.
Herein, visitors will encounter an exemplary set of 49 exhibition modules and installations, many of which have been developed or adapted specifically for inclusion in its permanent exhibition, organized according to 15 major topics covering all key aspects of the biological and cultural diversity we now know. With unparalleled features and functions, and well framed in an amazingly rich and diversified set of museographic resources, ranging from mechanical models to the most sophisticated multimedia and audiovisual platforms, this new and unique exhibition will invite visitors to take part in a journey through science, literature and the arts, along which the most beautiful tales about life will be told.
Photo Credit: João Ferrand © JFF