Biological Museum

 

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Located in the old immunization stable constructed in 1920, Instituto Butantan's first museum is internationally recognized as one of the only museums in the world to show a living permanent exposition. The original collection was started at the beginning of the twentieth century with Vital Brazil, founder of the Institute, who later used it to spread science to the outside community. Today, the collection is made up of native and exotic snakes, iguanas, spiders and scorpions.

Its objective is to disseminate zoological knowledge through explanatory panels and activities with the public that aim at demystifying snakes.

Recently, the Museum got a nursery where the young animals conceived and born at Butantan are on display for visitors.

 

Dry Land Education Center

Connected to the educational activities of the Biological Museum, the Center is located in an approximately 40,000 m² green area covered by secondary vegetation made up of species endemic to the Atlantic Forest and exotic species, regenerated after different occupations. Created in 2006 with the support of the Funding Authority for Studies and Projects (Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos, Finep) and the Ministry of Science and Technology for infrastructure renovation and implementation of educational activities, the Dry Land Education Center promotes education and disseminates the sciences, making it possible to train educators, develop new educational technologies and attend to school and general audiences.

 

modules

venomous animals

The most popular workshop among school students, being the main focus of the center's activities. 

Age group: all

 

dangerous animals - legends and superstitions

The main objective of the activity is to develop a hypothesis through observations and experiments, using the most common legends and superstitions of Brazilian popular culture as a starting point for discussion. Visitors are encouraged to become familiar with aspects of snake biology and natural history, such as morphology, senses, nutrition and defense, using elements of the scientific method to question some legends and superstitions.

Age group: all

 

poisonous insects

This visit intends to awaken curiosity about insects considered to be of medical interest. Using a combination of images of living animals, taxidermy and replicas, participants are introduced to the biodiversity and abundance of insects in general followed by a presentation focused on poisonous insects.

Age group: 3 to 6 years

 

butterfly metamorphosis

In this activity, the cycles of living beings are discussed, with particular emphasis on butterflies and moths and demonstrating aspects of their biology, diversity and defense mechanisms.

 

 

who moved into my house?

In this workshop, visitors have the chance to understand how some snake species and other animals live in certain places. During the activity, children build dioramas of Brazilian biomes by making use of living plants, taxidermy animals, clay, sand, water and miniatures of human elements.

Afterward, they are encouraged to think about the main impacts of different biomes through images on a magnetic jigsaw puzzle that are solved as a group.

Age group: children 7 years to adolescents

 

educational activities

 

regular visit

Upon entering the museum, the groups are received by an educator who provides an overview of the visit and the rules that must be followed. Inside the museum, the group can circulate freely and educators are available to answer visitors' questions. During the visit, participants learn about reptile, amphibian and arthropod diversity, especially those that can cause accidents.

subjects: diversity of reptiles, amphibians, arthropods, causes of accidents

target audience: all audiences

when: Tuesdays-Sundays at different times

duration: 30 mins

number of participants: up to 45 people

scheduling: by telephone +55 (11) 2627-9536 Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

 

thematic visits

the groups are received and led by two educators, who stimulate the visitors to observe the animals on display and to notice the different physical characteristics of these animals allow their survival in most diverse of environments. Besides observation, some biological parts and detailed illustrations of these animals are used.

subject: adaptations

target audience: middle school (ages 11-14) and high school (ages 15-17) students

when: every Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

duration: 1 hour in the museum of choice and 30 min in the other museums

number of participants: up to 45 people

scheduling: by telephone +55 (11) 2627-9536 Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

“Knows More”

The Know More Workshop shows visitors replicas and biological models related to the biology of poisonous animals, in order to deepen the subjects presented in the exhibits of the Biological Museum. The biological aspects, such as snake defensive tactics and their feeding and reproduction are presented to the public during a discussion and illustrated through the handling of models and replicas. The characteristics that allow identification of venomous snakes are also explored as are the main accident-causing arthropods in Brazil and first-aid practices in the case of accidents with these animals. The Workshop ends with the presentation of a live, non-poisonous snake.   

objectives: The Know More Workshop's objective is to sharpen the curiosity and the interest in poisonous animals based on participants' preconceived knowledge about on these animals, and to discuss the circumstances under which accidents happen.  

target audience: ages 10 years and older

when: Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

duration: 1.5 hours

number of participants: up to 25 people

scheduling: by telephone +55 (11) 2627-9452 or email: falecomhorto@butantan.gov.br, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

educational activities performed at the Dry Land Education Center

 

Butterfly metamorphosis 

objectives: to allow children to establish contact and relationships with small animals, explore and experience the natural environment reveal curiosity and interest in different life forms.

target audience: children ages 3-6 years

when: Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

duration: 1.5 hours

number of participants: up to 20 people

scheduling: by telephone +55 (11) 2627-9452 or email: falecomhorto@butantan.gov.br, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

Why are there so many arthropods in the world?

objectives: To identify the characteristics that define arthropods; to discuss how these characteristics allowed the evolutionary success of arthropods; to classify the arthropods in their subphyla (insects, chelicerata, crustaceans, diplopoda and chilopoda), from observation of their characteristics.

target audience: middle school (ages 11-14) and high school (ages 15-17) students

when: Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

duration: 1.5 hours

number of participants: up to 20 people

scheduling: by telephone +55 (11) 2627-9452 or email: falecomhorto@butantan.gov.br, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

Researcher for a day: the fieldwork of a biologist

objectives: to present the fieldwork of a biologist working with poisonous animals. In this activity participants will be able to experience how animals are found in a forest region and the methodologies used for collecting them.

target audience: middle school (ages 11-14) and high school (ages 15-17) students

when: Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

duration: 1.5 hours

number of participants: up to 30 people

scheduling: by telephone +55 (11) 2627-9452 or email: falecomhorto@butantan.gov.br, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

Poisonous animals: spiders, scorpions and snakes

objectives: To show poisonous animals as a part of the diversity of living beings. To understand toxins produced by them as the animal's strategies for capturing food and self-defense in the environment. To discuss the circumstances under which accidents with poisonous animals happen and how to act in such events (prevention and first aid).

target audience: middle school (ages 11-14) and high school (ages 15-17) students

when: Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

duration: 1.5 hours

number of participants: up to 20 people

scheduling: by telephone +55 (11) 2627-9452 or email: falecomhorto@butantan.gov.br, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


educational activities

 

regular visit

The educational activities related to the long-term exhibit take place on a daily basis. The museum team receives groups with appointments and divides them among educators in order to better serve the group, which starts the visit by exploring the outside of the museum, making connections between the space and the history of the Institute. Then the groups move inside the Historical Museum, installed in the stable used as a laboratory by Vital Brazil, where he developed his research and experiments.

subjects covered: creation of Instituto Butantan, scientific research, sera production.

target audience: all audiences

when: Tuesdays-Sundays at different times

duration: 30 mins

number of participants: up to 45 people

scheduling: by telephone +55 (11) 2627-9536 Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


thematic visits

Presents how Instituto Butantan was created and describes the history of the scientific research of the institution in the context of the twentieth century.  The production process for sera used to treat diseases and accidents with poisonous animals is also addressed. At the end of the visit, we offer an educational group activity geared to reflect upon the subjects covered during the visit. Although the visits are focused on middle school students, they can be adapted to other age groups.

 

subjects covered: founding of Instituto Butantan, scientific research, sera production.

target audience: middle school students (ages 11-14)

when: every Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

duration: 1 hour in the museum of choice and 30 min in the other museums

number of participants: up to 45 people

scheduling: by telephone +55 (11) 2627-9536 Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.