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In pics: Brazil’s 200-year-old National Museum gutted by fire

by LLB Reporter
3rd Sep 18 2:58 pm

Brazil is mourning the loss of its 200-year-old National Museum which had 20m artifacts, including Egyptian mummies, archaeological pottery and dinosaur fossils.

The cause of the fire, which broke out on Sunday night when the museum was closed to visitors, is not yet known.

Calling it “a sad day for all Brazilians”, Brazil’s president Michel Temer said: ‘Two hundred years of work, investigation and knowledge have been lost. The value of our history cannot be measured by the damage to the building.’

Luiz Duarte, vice director of the museum, told local media that the institution had been neglected by successive federal governments, and that a £4m financing plan announced in June included, ironically, a plan to install modern fire protection equipment.

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