<p>People watch as a fire burns at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on September 2, 2018.</p>
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People watch as a fire burns at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on September 2, 2018.
Grief and Anger Mingle After Devastating Brazil Museum Fire
“The importance of the collections that were lost couldn't be overstated.”
Published September 6, 2018
• 3 min read
For more than 200 years, Brazil's National Museum—or Museu Nacional—stood as the country's oldest and most important safeguard for its heritage. Now, one of Latin America's largest natural history museums is a burnt-out husk of its former self. A massive fire broke out at the museum late September 2, torching its exhibits and some 90 percent of the museum's 20 million artifacts. There were no reported fatalities.