The fire that left the National Museum in wreckage turns three years old this Thursday (2). The direction of the museum and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), responsible for the institution, are still trying to reach the necessary funds for the restoration of the palace, which is scheduled to reopen in 2026.
On September 7 of next year, the public will be able to visit part of the museum again, but there will still not be a full reopening of the institution. Only the Jardim das Princesas will be available.
So far, cash donations received by the institution total nearly R$245 million, around 65% of the total estimated cost of R$380 million for the restoration of the entire museum, according to the newspaper. Extra. The amount collected so far accounts for the first phase of the restoration, which involves the restoration of the façade.
UFRJ negotiates the receipt of new transfers and donations amid the lack of direct investments from the Ministry of Education (MEC).
In addition to funding, the museum also needs donations to replenish its collection, as around 80% of the items were consumed by fire. To encourage institutes and collectors to contribute with new pieces, the museum launches a national and international campaign to collect donations on this farm. In addition, some of the new items recently donated for future exhibitions will be presented.
So far, the institution has received valuable donations such as 27 pieces from the classical Greek and Roman periods that belonged to a gaucho collector. From Austria, pieces made by Brazilian indigenous peoples will come, collected in the Amazon over 100 years ago by European naturalists.
The work to rescue the pieces affected by the fire lasted 500 days and recovered more than 2,000 pieces from various collections. Among them, the researchers obtained the bones of a dinosaur and all the fragments that make up the skull of Luzia, the oldest fossil in South America.
Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro
Edition: Mariana Pitasse