If microbiology is one of your major interests, you cannot miss the Microbiology Museum of the Butantã Institute. Hosting a snake farm that caters to more than a 1000 snakes, raised for their venom used by the institute to produce antivenin to treat snake and spider bites, the museum is one of the major tourist attractions in São Paulo.
Designed by Professor Isaias Raw and built with the support of Fapesp and Vitae Foundation, the Microbiology Museum Butantã was inaugurated in 2002 and is part of the scientific and cultural complex of Butantã Institute. Aiming to raise interest in science among youth and to make science more ‘accessible’ to the general public through its unique exhibitions and educational activities, the museum constitutes itself as a major platform for the promotion of the scientific activities and research conducted by Butantã Institute.
The museum houses a long-term exhibition where visitors have the unique opportunity of taking an interactive and engaging trip to and through the microscopic world of microorganisms. State-of-the-art equipment including computers with films, interactive animation, microscopes, panels and 3D models of bacteria, viruses and protozoans provides insightful information about microbiology and reveals what we generally call ‘germs’ or microbes. Additionally, an interactive and playful exhibition has been set up for children aged 4 to 6 years, bringing them closer to the world and life of microorganisms.
The museum is involved in various educational programmes and activities. Depending on their particular interest, groups can also schedule appointments and have their visit tailored to their educational needs. Usually scheduled visits start with a short video customised to the requirements of the age group.
Videos revolve around the definition of microorganisms, their relationship with the human beings, plants and animals. The exhibition tackles the marking points in the history of microbiology from its beginnings to the present day, and the role of microorganisms in the environment and the development of life.
Visitation schedule: Tuesday thru Sunday from 9:00 to 16:30.