Anna Gathergood
Sep 4 · Last update 10 mo. ago.
Should the National Museum in Brazil be rebuilt?
Seeing as the museum in Brazil was large and nearly 90% of the artifacts were destroyed does the museum need to be the size it was once before? As the museum had funding cuts would the museum benefit from being smaller? If its going to be built should it be in the same place or should it be put somewhere else for respect of the lost artifacts?
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It is impossible to rebuilt such a loss, regardless of intention
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It should be left as a symbol of how not to run a museum
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It is too early to say
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It will inevitably be rebuilt but should serve as a wake up call in archive management for the world
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It is impossible to rebuilt such a loss, regardless of intention

The museum cannot be rebuilt, the artefacts are impossible to replace, what is salvageable should be sent to other better run institutions. Although funding was a factor that may have caused the fire and definitely made it more devastating, at the end of the day this loss was an issue of a culture of mismanagement in Brazil. This means the collections would be much safer and better managed in another location.

The museums budget was meant to be $128,000, an amount the museum hadn’t received in 4 years. During this time Rio hosted the World Cup and the Olympics spending $15 billion and $13.1 billion respectively. This massive mismanagement of funding makes it clear that what is salvageable needs to be sent elsewhere with less funding mismanagement issues, as this is an impossibly building to replace. smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-latest-updates-brazils-devastating-national-museum-fire-180970232

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The museum cannot be rebuilt, the artefacts are impossible to replace, what is salvageable should be sent to other better run institutions. Although funding was a factor that may have caused the fire and definitely made it more devastating, at the end of the day this loss was an issue of a culture of mismanagement in Brazil. This means the collections would be much safer and better managed in another location.
It should be left as a symbol of how not to run a museum

Some scientists have already publicly claimed that it would be better not to rebuild the museum. Anthropologist, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro told newspapers “my will, with the anger that we are all feeling, is to leave that ruin as memento mori, as memory of the dead, of the dead things, of the dead people, of the archives, destroyed in that fire.”

The problems that led to this disaster were cultural, financial, social and infrastructural. Despite funding and support offered by both the Brazilian government and internationally, the loss remains priceless and no amount of money can replace this scale of loss of cultural heritage. Simply rebuilding the museum will not solve any of the problems that need to be addressed for this not to be a wasted endeavour, rebuilding alone is hopeless, the museums shell may better serve as a landmark landmark and reminder. wired.com/story/brazil-museum-fire-digital-archives

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Some scientists have already publicly claimed that it would be better not to rebuild the museum. Anthropologist, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro told newspapers “my will, with the anger that we are all feeling, is to leave that ruin as memento mori, as memory of the dead, of the dead things, of the dead people, of the archives, destroyed in that fire.”
It is too early to say

There hadn’t been a full survey of the extent to the damages of the fire until months later. But the process of seeing how much of a collection is left, to judge how much they can save needs to be concluded before it can be decided if there can even be a museum.

Despite help from other countries with more experience it is still too early to see if the building is able to be rebuilt, as “the fire left practically online a shell. If rebuilding is successful the question remains will there be enough content left in the museum to really make it worth running as a museum? If not donating the remaining collections to another museum may be a more viable option. artdependence.com/articles/mexico-to-help-rebuild-brazils-national-museum

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Daniel Halliday
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Despite help from other countries with more experience it is still too early to see if the building is able to be rebuilt, as “the fire left practically online a shell. If rebuilding is successful the question remains will there be enough content left in the museum to really make it worth running as a museum? If not donating the remaining collections to another museum may be a more viable option. https://www.artdependence.com/articles/mexico-to-help-rebuild-brazils-national-museum/
It will inevitably be rebuilt but should serve as a wake up call in archive management for the world

It is inevitable that the museum will be rebuilt as the recovered artefacts and those held in a different museum will need to be archived and preserved somewhere. However, the issue of funding needs to be addressed before this can happen. As the museum was coincidentally set to receive $5 million funding for fire suppression before the fire, the money can probably now be channelled into rebuilding.

However, when rebuilding it is not only collections that need to be repaired and fire safety measures taken, lessons of building management need to be taken from this disaster. A new maintenance team/manager needs to be put into place, not just to address the lack of funding and fire safety measures, but all possible threats to the new building and all the artefacts housed in it. Mexico's National Institute of Antropology and History is now aiding in rebuilding the museum and trying to recover the 90% loss of collections from the museum, the collaboration which started in October 2018 is due to be finished in 2022-3. eluniversal.com.mx/english/inah-to-help-rebuild-brazil-national-museum

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It is inevitable that the museum will be rebuilt as the recovered artefacts and those held in a different museum will need to be archived and preserved somewhere. However, the issue of funding needs to be addressed before this can happen. As the museum was coincidentally set to receive $5 million funding for fire suppression before the fire, the money can probably now be channelled into rebuilding.
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