RJ National Museum reopens facade destroyed in fire in 2018

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The National Museum of Rio de Janeiro reopened, this Friday (2), the main facade of the building after a fire destroyed the heritage exactly four years ago.

The restructuring takes place on the eve of the celebrations of the Bicentennial of the Independence of Brazil.

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The monument-building where the Portuguese royal family resided on that September 7, 1822, suffered a major fire on September 2, 2018. According to investigations, fire started in an auditorium located on the first floor of the building.

“The probable place where the fire started was one of the air conditioners installed inside the Auditorium”, said the Federal Police.

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The major restoration work is coordinated by the Vive Nacional Museum Project — cooperation between the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) and the Vale Cultural Institute, which has the support of financial support from BNDES and platinum sponsorship from Bradesco and Vale.

The public will be able to contemplate, this Saturday (3), the program of the “Museu Nacional Vive” in the Bicentennial, with visits to temporary exhibitions, educational activities and free cultural presentations.

Among the highlights, an exhibition of collections from the Museum’s mineralogy collection, which is occupying the entrance hall of the palace (Bendegó meteorite room).

This is the first time after the 2018 fire that the public will be able to approach the building – from its central doors – a diverse array of salvaged minerals and newly acquired items.

Source: CNN Brasil

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