Aiming in culture, history, citizenship, accessibility, inclusion and sustainability, the Maritime Museum of Brazil aims to offer the public a quality entertainment, integrating the city and the sea. In a harmonious dialogue with the cultural, natural and urban heritage of the region, the museum will be erected in the Navy Cultural Space in Rio de Janeiro, reaffirming the city center’s vocation for culture and entertainment. Its creation will give greater visibility to maritime history, intrinsically linked to the formation of the country and the Naval Power, circumscribing Brazilianness as identity, besides using multidisciplinarity to stimulate the development of the maritime mentality in society.
According to the Director of DPHDM, Vice Admiral José Carlos Mathias, the museum is a reason for great satisfaction for the Navy for highlighting the cradle of the country: the sea. “The Maritime Museum of Brazil will be destined to the national maritime breadth, with cultural, symbolic, religious, mythical, economic and environmental instances of the Brazilian seas and rivers that make up our rich Blue Amazon. Past, present and future perspectives, seen from a maritime perspective,” he explains.
Currently, the project is in its Phase 2. In August of this year, the proposal for the elaboration of the Executive Architecture Project of the future museum was approved in the National Program for The Support of Culture (PRONAC), enabling the raising of funds for the implementation of this new phase. “The dissemination of the museum in events such as Rio Oil & Gas 2022 helps us to attract investments that will enable its construction, as well as in the coordination and realization of the different stages of the project,” says the Director of DPHDM.
Also in August, the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) announced, after public competition, the consortium “Navy, Culture and Heritage” as responsible for the preparation of financial and administrative feasibility studies of the Maritime Museum of Brazil, as a qualified project in the Investment Partnerships Program (PPI). The consortium is integrated by the companies Natureza Urbana Integrated Planning, Vallya Advisirs Financial Advisory, Maciel Rocha Law Firm and Mare Nostrum Corporate Intelligence.
The preliminary architectural proposal, winner of the competition held in 2021, provides for the construction of two buildings. One of them will be close to the public promenade, vertically, and the other, on the pier, horizontally. With five floors, the first building will have a large ground floor area to welcome the public. The venue will have an auditorium, space for reception of schools, administrative area and panoramic restaurant overlooking Guanabara Bay. The second building, where the museum will effectively be, the construction on pilotis (free ground floor) will have two floors, where the exhibitions will be made.