The Museum of Yesterday

The Rio de Janeiro port has a rich past filled with a history that goes beyond what is taught in the school books. With this app, you can be the investigator of this secret past, from the arrival of Dom João VI to the recent corruption scandals of Operation Car Wash.

No doubt, you will not see the Porto Maravilha in the same way, again.

It was there that the royal Portuguese family first landed in 1808, where Princess Isabel signed the Lei Aúrea into law in 1888, ending slavery in the country, and where the Republic was proclaimed in 1889. But the Porto Maravilha was also the site of the largest slave port in the Americas, receiving more than 700 thousand black slaves, and where President João Goulart staged the Comício da Central, a mass rally used as an excuse to carry out the 1964 military coup.

These and other facts can be discovered while exploring the port on foot with the app, as guided by a current map as well as a map from 1832.
Unlike other applications, the Museum of Yesterday does not allow you to zoom in or out or otherwise move the map. The application only shows what is close to you. To discover the port's secrets, you must go to the closest marked point on the map. The more you walk, the more parts of the map will be conquered.

With the app, you can:

+ Discover 170 stories in the port region
+ See where you are on a current map or with another which shows how the streets looked in 1832
+ Find 20 ghosts: important and horrifying moments from Brazil's history which are not registered anywhere, yet continue haunting the streets of Porto Maravilha
+ Choose from five tours: The Corruption Tour; the Terror Tour; The Samba Tour; the Ghosts Tour, of that which haunts downtown Rio; and the the Brazil History Express Tour.
+ Hear excerpts from the book 1808, by the journalist Laurentino Gomes (Globo), and slave mannouncements published in Rio newspapers from the 19th century, as read by singer Anelis Assumpção (in Portuguese).

Discover secrets like

+ The first and still forgotten slave port of Rio de Janeiro
+ Eduardo Cunha's Bribe
+ Dom Pedro I's scheme to falsify papers for his purebred horses
+ The student murdered by the dictatorship who was brought in procession to Candelária
+ The steel beams which disappeared after the demolition of the Perimetral highway
+ The dictatorship's torture center which today functions as a police headquarters

Agência Pública

The Museum of Yesterday was developed in Casa Pública, the first cultural center for journalism in Brazil, a project by Agência Pública.
Founded in 2011, Agência Pública is an independent, non-profit journalism initiative focused on the production of investigative reports distributed by more than 70 re-publishers. Our mission is to make journalism guided by public interest, aiming to strengthen the right to information and the quality of public debate, as well as the promotion of human rights. Pública is currently the most awarded news agency in
the country.

The Museum of Yesterday won the UN World Summit Award 2017, in the 'Culture & Tourism' category, representing Brazil.

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February 13, 2019
Current Version
Requires Android
4.1 and up
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Babak Fakhamzadeh
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