Brazil's National Museum, home to 20 million items, destroyed in fire

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The museum, which is part of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, is also home to one of the largest scientific libraries of Brazil, containing almost half a million volumes, including 2,400 rare works.

Rio de Janeiro's iconic National Museum of Brazil-which turned two hundred years old this June-went up in flames tonight, turning over twenty million historical objects into ash.

The Brazilian president, Michel Temer, wrote on Twitter that the loss was "incalculable" and that it was "a sad day for all Brazilians".

The building was initially built as the palace for the royal family back in 1818 but has operated as a museum since 1982. There were visible signs of disrepair in the 200-year-old building, such as exposed wiring and walls with peeling paint.

The fire broke out around 7:30 p.m., after the museum shut its doors to the public, according to a statement from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, which manages the museum.

Luiz Duarte, a vice-director of the museum, told TV Globo the loss of the museum was an "unbearable catastrophe", according to The Guardian.

An official visit in 2004 found risky wiring and poor safety standards that risked the chance of a catastrophic fire, Agência Brasil reported then.

On Monday, his office said he had met with representatives from major Brazilian companies and banks to look into ways to help rebuild the museum "as soon as possible". And now the building is literally falling apart.

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It is not immediately clear what caused the fire or what the extent of the damage is.

The museum is housed in the Paço de São Cristóvão, which was home to the Brazilian imperial family for much of the 19th century.

Members of Brazil security forces stand guard in front of Rio de Janeiro's treasured National Museum, one of Brazil's oldest, on September 3, 2018, a day after a massive fire ripped through the building. A meteorite on display in the museum, however, was found intact. He lamented that no one was on hand Sunday night to put that training into practice. As of writing, no deaths or injuries have been reported.

The museum also housed an impressive collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including mummies, sarcophagi, statues and stone carvings. "For many years we fought with different governments to get adequate resources to preserve what is now completely destroyed", Duarte said.

The museum has suffered underfunding for years that prevented renovations and forced it to close exhibits.

The natural history collection included dinosaur bones and a 12,000-year-old skeleton of a woman known as "Luzia", the oldest ever found in the Americas.

But the fire quickly led to criticism over dilapidated infrastructure and budget deficits as Brazilians prepare to vote in national elections in October. "We have to reconstruct our National Museum".

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