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Guide to Museums in Latin America

Estrategias_NOVO aDaniel Bueno

Of the 468 museums and centers of science that exist in Latin America and the Caribbean, half (272) are situated in Brazil.  This finding appears in the Guide to Science Museums and Centers in Latin America and the Caribbean launched in May 2015 during the 14th Congress sponsored by the Science and Technology Network to Latin America and the Caribbean (RedPop) in Medellin, Colombia.  The guide provides information about the history and locations of museums and centers in the region, including botanical gardens, aquariums, planetariums, and zoos.  Also included are little-known facts about some of them, such as that Mexico’s Chiapas Museum was built in a former prison.  “The number of museums and centers is larger than we expected, but still not enough,” says Luisa Massarani, director of RedPop and a researcher at the Museum of Life maintained by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), who coordinated the guide.  She says it is expected that the guide will make the museums more visible and serve as reference for researchers.  Portuguese and Spanish editions of the guide are available on the RedPop website.