Museum of the Environment

IDG will be responsible for the curation and management of the new phase of the Museum of the Environment, located at the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden (JBRJ).

With an initial investment of R$ 10 million, the first phase of implementation includes the renovation and transformation of the Museum of the Environment at JBRJ into the gateway and reception area of the Ecomuseum Program. This concept brings a territorial museum perspective to the Botanical Garden, connecting its bicentennial collection and offering visitors an integrated view of the vast historical and natural heritage present there. The agreement also includes other improvements and free actions for the public in 2022.

"We have an opportunity to further advance the biodiversity conservation debate, showing the public how the scientific production and daily work of the Botanical Garden are essential for environmental conservation actions by the government," says Ricardo Piquet, CEO of IDG. "The new phase of the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden Ecomuseum not only brings us closer to one of the world's largest research centers in botany and biodiversity conservation but also strengthens the ties we already have with Shell, our long-time partner," he concludes.

Works and space revamping for locals and tourists - The 19th-century mansion that currently houses the Museum of the Environment will undergo a significant transformation, and its reopening is scheduled for the second half of 2023. The reopening will feature a permanent exhibition, turning JBRJ's two-hundred-year history into a vast open-air museum. An ecomuseum is a territorial museum, and its collection includes everything within that location. Currently, the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden has over 22,700 plants in living collections and about 3,400 cultivated species in its arboretum, with a public visitation area of 54 hectares. It also boasts a research center with the most comprehensive botanical library in the country, with approximately 110,000 volumes, and the largest herbarium in South America, housing over 850,000 cataloged plant samples.