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Gaia will have a new Museum-Environment budgeted at 25 million

A new museum is being built in the city of Gaia to address the issue of climate change in Portugal and the world, making visitors aware of environmental issues and their consequences on the quality of life of citizens

The Museum-Environment will, therefore, offer a bold program, whose goal will be to show "interactive exhibitions, observe climatic phenomena" that affect "the production of Port Wine, the changes resulting from fishing, the navigability of the sea and river, coastal changes and other changes caused by global warming.

The municipality reveals that this space, which will occupy the former Fábrica de Cerâmica e de Fundição das Devesas, "will have five exhibition rooms, an auditorium with capacity for 480 people, parking for 600 places, technical areas and administration rooms.

Visitors will also find a shop/bookstore, a cafeteria and restaurant, artists and press room, and a patio. On the surface of the building, "as a landscape open to the public", there is a park, "where one can discover the places and ecologies that compose it - Woods, Moorland, Water Ecologies, and Ruin.

For the mayor, Eduardo Vítor Rodrigues, "this will be a space where memory intersects with the definition of the lines of the future and a space where the soul of the place is respected. "That place only has soul because people, stories, organizational models, and historical times have passed through there. Basically, we try to represent past generations and project future generations, in a humanistic and adaptive approach," he added.

According to the municipality, this project "promotes eco-efficiency, energy efficiency and rationalization of consumption, for environmental and financial sustainability, as a way to make rational use of all the equipment.

Some of the solutions adopted consist in the use of "high-tech systems in all exhibition rooms, equipped with audiovisual equipment and equipment to create sensory effects"; "systems for recycling and reuse of materials"; "resistant, long-lasting and ecologically sustainable materials"; and "rainwater harvesting and reuse systems".

The Environmental Museum is estimated to cost 25 million Euros and the public tender for construction, expected to last nine months, should be launched soon. The estimated time for completion is two years.


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