Salvador wins new SESI cultural center with theater and technology museum 4.0
In the Lower City, a perfect space for the whole family
A space to learn, have fun and interact. This is the proposal of “Estação Ciência” (Science Station), the new interactive museum of Science and Technology that the Social Service of Industry (SESI Bahia), through the Education and Culture Management, has just opened to the public in Salvador. Estação Ciência is part of the SESI Casa Branca Cultural Center, the newest cultural space in Salvador, located at 1454 Caminho de Areia Avenue in the Lower City.
The works ensured the heritage preservation of Solar Machado, with the construction of new spaces. The venue is also made up of the Varanda Casa Branca – a space for artistic presentations and corporate events –, the Letieres Leite Room –, an art room with 127 seats, and Praça da Ciência (Science Square), equipped with several outdoor experiments, which explore concepts of physics, in addition to a geodesy, which reproduces stars and constellations of the Salvador night sky.
Also home to the SESI Youth Orchestra, the SESI Casa Branca Cultural Center is part of the SESI Itapagipe education, sports and leisure complex, which was the first unit of the Industry System in Bahia, located in the neighborhood where Bahian industry began to structure itself.
Learn more about Estação Ciência
A space that inspires modernity and inserts the region into Salvador’s cultural programming circuit, Estação Ciência was conceived under the curatorship of the museologist and historian Heloísa Helena Costa, also known as Helô da Paz, a nickname she got from the writer and cartoonist Maurício de Souza.
She brought together a team of specialists and researchers from different areas of knowledge to create the interactive science and technology museum. “The design of Estação Ciência is based on the idea that Salvador is a sovereign city, it has an important role in the formation of Brazil, but, at the same time, it is modernizing without forgetting the icons of the past”, explains Heloisa Costa.
The proposal is to provide the visitor with a journey through the great experiments that marked humanity, always having Salvador as a reference, using advanced resources such as 4.0 technology and 3D images, touchscreen and virtual reality, in addition to playful and interactive experiments focused on science.
The Science Station also pays tribute to exponents from Bahia or living in Bahia in various areas of knowledge, like Medicine, Music, Science and Geography, such as Teodoro Sampaio, Milton Santos, Bautista Vidal, Diógenes Rebouças and the psychiatrist Antonio Nery Filho, among others.
Located on the Itapagipe Peninsula, in the Lower City, the cultural space occupies the area surrounding Solar Machado, an architectural pearl of Caminho de Areia, from the beginning of the 20th century. It is also part of the education and sports complex of the Social Service of Industry, SESI Bahia, where the SESI Comendador Bernardo Martins Catharino School and the SESI Itapagipe Sports Center are located.
Solar Machado – which belonged to the family of the Portuguese industrialist Manuel Machado and would later join the Martins Catharino family – began to house SESI from the 1970s onwards, when it was rented for the installation of a Handicraft Center.
SESI Casa Branca Cultural Center
Address: 1454 Caminho de Areia Avenue – Caminho de Areia, Salvador – BA, 40440-360
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm
Tickets: R$20 (normal rate) and R$10 (half)
Estação Ciência opened to the public on December 10th and is open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm. In addition to individual visitation, the space was also designed to accommodate school groups. The beginning of the activities of the other spaces of the cultural center and the respective schedule will be communicated later.
Centro Cultural SESI Casa Branca. Salvador Bahia. Foto divulgação.