Microbiology Museum

 

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Conceived by Professor Isaias Raw and constructed through aid from Fapesp and the Vitae Foundation, it was inaugurated in 2002 and is part of Instituto Butantan’s scientific and cultural complex. Its main mission is to generate curiosity in science among youth and to facilitate opportunities for the public to engage with scientific culture through its exhibitions and educational activities. Its mission is also that of constituting itself as an important space for the spread of activities developed by Instituto Butantan.

The space houses a long-term exposition where the visitors take an interactive trip through the invisible world of microorganisms. Computers with films, interactive animation, activities, microscopes, panels, three-dimensional models of bacteria, viruses and protozoans explain the bases of Microbiology and reveal so-called "germs" or microbes. Also, an interactive and playful exhibit for children ages 4-6 lets them get close to the world of microorganisms.

 

educational activities

 

regular visit

Groups with scheduled appointments start their visit by watching a short video tailored to the visitors’ age group.  Then they are led to the long-term exhibit, where they are free to look at and interact with objects. The museum's education staff is always at hand and ready to help.

subjects covered: The videos touch upon the definition of microorganisms, their relationship with the human beings and the environment. The exhibit deals with some of the marking points in the history of microbiology from its beginnings up to this day, as well as the role microorganisms play in the diverse interactions with human beings and the environment. In the Scientists’ Plaza (Praça dos Cientistas) there are busts of famous investigators who have contributed to the development of microbiology and immunology over time through their research and discoveries .

target audience: all audiences

when: Tuesdays-Sundays at different times

duration: 30 mins

number of participants: maximum of 40 visitors with up to 5 chaperones

 

regular visit to the “The giant world of the microbes” exposition

subjects covered: Interactive exposition with films and games, besides magnifying glasses and a microscope, that approaches the following subjects: scale, microbial biodiversity, biological function of microorganisms and the relationship with human beings and eating

target audience: children ages 3-6 years

when: Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

duration: 30 mins

number of participants: maximum of 40 visitors with up to 5 chaperones

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

 

thematic visits

The museum relies on/develops/works with four subjects aimed at elementary, middle and high school students. Each visit includes a short video related to the subject to be treated. After that, the group is divided into two sub-groups that explore the subject using the permanent exhibit and supporting materials together with the museum educators.

subjects and target audience

-    Microbes for better and for worse - Elementary school students (ages 6-10)

-    Relation between microbes and the immune system – Middle school students (ages 11-14)

-    War against the invisible enemy: disease prevention - High school students (ages 15-17)

-    Cellular diversity - High school students (ages 15-17)

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 mins in the other museums

number of participants: maximum of 40 visitors with up to 5 chaperones

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


Microbiology Museum educational activities

 

Microtouch

objective: to offer to the visually impaired the chance to get to know the Microbiology Museum and the invisible world of living beings

target audience: the blind and people with weak vision    

when: Fridays at 9:30

duration: 1 hour

number of participants: up to 4 people with visual impairment plus one companion per group

scheduling: by telephone +55 (11) 2627-9540 Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

 

Microworld

objective: To get to know the diversity of the microscopic world and the different ways to observe it

target audience: students in the 8th and 9th grades (ages 13 and 14)

when: Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

duration: 2 hours

number of participants: 8-15 people

scheduling: by telephone +55 (11) 2627-9540 Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

 

“Understanding DNA“ Workshop

objective: To facilitate understanding of the structure and composition of DNA molecules using a variety of techniques.

target audience: High school students (ages 15-17)

when: Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

duration: 2 hours

number of participants: 8-15 people

scheduling: by telephone +55 (11) 2627-9540 Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


module 1 - Microscopy: introduction to the world of microorganisms

objective: To get to know the diversity of microorganisms using basic Microbiological techniques

target audience: High school students (ages 15-17)

when: Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

duration: 2 hours

number of participants: 8-15 people

scheduling: by telephone +55 (11) 2627-9540 Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

 

module 2 - Effects of physical and chemical agents on microorganisms

objectives: To observe and understand how different chemical and physical factors affect microorganisms, underlining the importance of personal hygiene for disease prevention

target audience: High school students (ages 15-17) who have completed Module 1 (Microscopy: introduction to the world of microorganisms)

when: Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

duration: 2 hours

number of participants: 8-15 people

scheduling: by telephone +55 (11) 2627-9540 Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Module 3 - Studying Fungi and Bacteria

objective: To facilitate understanding of the differences between the morphologic and metabolic characteristics of fungi and bacteria

target audience: High school students (ages 15-17) who have completed Module 1 (Microscopy: introduction to the world of microorganisms)

when: Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

duration: 2 hours

number of participants: 8-15 people

scheduling: by telephone +55 (11) 2627-9540 Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.