Anna Gathergood
Sep 4 · Last update 3 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 will inevitably be rebuilt but should serve as a wake up call in archive management for the world
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It is too early to say
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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.

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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 that he believes the museum should be left as “memento mori” or a memory of the dead.

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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 coincidently set to receive $5million funding for fire suppression before the fire, the money can probably now be channeled into rebuilding.

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It is too early to say

There hasn’t been a full survey of the extent to the damages of the fire. They will have to see how much of a collection is left to see how much they can save, for there to even be a museum.

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