The Alfa Planetarium, the iconic museum of San Pedro Garza García for 42 years, will close its doors permanently tomorrow.
The rumors of closure for the center for the dissemination of science and technology were confirmed by the same institution late at night, through its news blog on the portal www.planetarioalfa.org.mx.
The statement explains that Grupo Alfa, through its Foundation, will redirect the museum’s resources to an educational project, with an accompaniment program for high school, high school and university students.
“It was founded with the most innovative technology of the moment and its focus was the promotion of science and technology in an interactive way. These lines have evolved a lot, so their viability, sustainability and continuity over time is complicated, which led to the decision to close it ”, the statement quoted Julia Moreira, director of the Planetarium as saying.
Similarly, it was indicated that part of its collection will be donated to cultural institutions of the entity, without specifying which ones. Nor was it reported what will be the end of its dome structure and the Observatory.
However, it was explained that the species that live in the aviary will continue to be cared for while their future is defined.
The museum maintains an agenda of online activities and workshops until the first days of September, which have been announced through its social networks.
It was inaugurated to the public in October 1978 with the presence of the then Secretary of Education, Fernando Solana, and by the then president of Grupo Alfa, Bernardo Garza Sada, its first name being Centro Cultural Alfa.
It was a revolutionary museum, in various senses, for Mexico and Latin America. For example, its IMAX Dome mega-display was the first to go into operation outside the United States for the continent.
It also offered the public the first aviary of its kind in the country, which opened in 1986.
Two years later the El Universo Pavilion was inaugurated in 1988, which had the monumental stained glass window The universe, the only one made in life by the prominent Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo.
However, the Pavilion suffered a fire in February 2017 affecting the upper part of the building. The following year it was determined that the enclosure would be demolished and the stained glass window was transferred to the corporate offices.
The Alfa Planetarium was designed by the architects Fernando Garza, Samuel Weiffberg and Efraín Alemán. Its iconic dome is 40 meters in diameter and 34 meters high, having 63 degrees of inclination.
Its collections on science, technology and archeology have more than 500 pieces in its permanent exhibits. In addition, in the gardens area, a collection of 14 exact-size replicas of the sculptures of the pre-Hispanic cultures of Mexico was mounted.
Among his most relevant exhibitions are The masters of the night, as well as The Indians of Mexico, the latter receiving the visit of the actress María Félix.
Characters such as the Mexican Nobel Prize Winner for Literature Octavio Paz and the astronaut Rodolfo Neri Vela, stand out among the most relevant visitors to the Alfa Planetarium.
At the beginning of the new millennium, the Astronomical Observatory was inaugurated, which was the only one of its kind in northeastern Mexico for some years.
It has been visited by more than 15.2 million people to date.