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.