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Get closer to the Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto on 1st June
22-05-2020
Documentary on the "Balaenoptera of the Beach of Paradise" is the motto for the reopening, on 1st June, of Porto Botanical Garden and the Gallery of the Biodiversity.

After two months closed, due to the current coronavirus pandemic, the Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto (MHNC-UP) prepares to reopen doors to the public the first day of June.

It is countdown till we have the chance to see close and personal the true treasures of the University.

One of such treasures is the amazing Balaenoptera of the Praia do Paraíso; visitors are invited to travel back in time to see one of the Museum's most iconic pieces, the enormous skeleton of a whale found in Leça da Palmeira, in 1937, and currently on display in the main lobby of the Biodiversity Gallery.

This is the 80 year old story of this great mammal that "symbolizes hope, beauty and tranquillity", and that has been the source of inspiration of poets, scientists and artists.
"At present, we are led to ponder on the role museums perform in the protection of fundamental rights and the fight against discrimination, promotion of gender equality, cultural diversity. Such spaces can provide a voice to multiple objects", explains MHNC-UP, in a statement.

The documentary on this whale, which is available online till 1st June - the day the Porto Botanical Garden opens doors to the public - was streamed on 18th May to celebrate International Day of Museums. It shows original footage on the transfer process of the 15 metre skeleton from the facilities of the MHNC-UP main centre, at the Rectory Historic building to the Biodiversity Gallery.

On 2nd June, the Biodiversity Gallery opens doors.

Feel welcome at cultural institutions by complying with the mandatory safety rules.