|Arrival at the Catavento...|
At the entrance to the museum, there is now a sign that says that Catavento is the most visited museum in Brazil with more than 4,000 visitors a day. That is not bad for Brazil, especially when you consider that it is hardly easy to get there to the Palacio das Industrias--this was the first time ever we have gotten there in one shot rather than having to loop around again (and for this I'd like to thank waze). We do not need to compare ourselves with the Louvre with its 23,000 visitors per day. After all, they've got the Mona Lisa. We have the tatu-gigante (giant armadillo). Which would you rather?
Me too. After a first exhibit with colored sand that kids can build into all kinds of mountains and cause rain to fall with their hands (hard to explain), we found the tatu-gigante. I for one am glad I don't have to worry about running into one of these on my street any time soon (they became extinct 10,000 years ago). Knowing my boys, they are disappointed by the same thought.
After this mandatory photo stop, we went through the natural history area with videos of the Pantanal, bird calls, a sabertooth tiger and a new live exhibit of stick insects. A new exhibit on venomous animals of Brazil so completely kicks Butantan's butt I might have to send the info on to the snake and scorpion folks and tell them to get it into gear.
|Read it and weep, Butantan.|
Another recent addition to the museum is a tiny shop that sells educational toys. Science toys. Real science--tornado formation, how things roll up hill, etc. All at reasonable prices like US$5-10. No crap like at US museums like plastic dinosaurs and sparkly wands. Love it.
Upstairs my 7 year olds just ran out of gas, but we walked through one exhibit that was excruciatingly educative. They had photos of people before they became drug addicted, and then photos of them (mug shots really) after they had become addicted to meth or cocaine or whatever. If you ever need to scare the poop out of your kids, that's a good place. Better than scorpions really.