Brazil Museum Fire: “Incalculable” Loss as 200-Year-Old Rio Institution Gutted

The National Museum of Brazil burning behind the statue of Pedro II of Brazil. Credit: Felipe Milanez

(From The Guardian)

Brazil’s oldest and most important historical and scientific museum has been consumed by fire, and much of its archive of 20m items is believed to have been destroyed.

The fire at Rio de Janeiro’s 200-year-old National Museum began after it closed to the public on Sunday and raged into the night. There were no reports of injuries, but the loss to Brazilian science, history and culture was incalculable, two of its vice-directors said.

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