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Brazil president says new Rio museum will be must-see site

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Rio de Janeiro   /   Fri, December 18, 2015   /  09:08 am
Brazil president says new Rio museum will be must-see site Exterior view of the Museum of Tomorrow during it's inauguration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Dec. 17, 2015. The Museum of Tomorrow was designed by star Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and focuses on science. The $55 million museum is the centerpiece of a project to renovate Rio’s derelict port region.(AP Photo/Felipe Dana) (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Exterior view of the Museum of Tomorrow during it's inauguration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Dec. 17, 2015. The Museum of Tomorrow was designed by star Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and focuses on science. The $55 million museum is the centerpiece of a project to renovate Rio'€™s derelict port region.(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has inaugurated a new science museum in Rio de Janeiro that she hopes will become one of the Olympic city's must-see destinations.

The $55 million Museum of Tomorrow was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and is the centerpiece of a renovation of Rio's derelict port area.

Rousseff hails the museum as "beautiful" and "innovative" and says she believes it will become a top destination in Rio, which is hosting the 2016 Olympics.

Thursday's inauguration was a respite from a recent barrage of bad news for the president, who is battling the opening of impeachment proceedings in Congress as the economy continues to struggle. Flanked by allies including Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, Rousseff was warmly received by the event's crowd of VIPs.

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