Fire destroys National Museum of Brazil

Thursday, Sep 6, 2018

Princeton’s Department of Anthropology stands in deep solidarity with our Brazilian colleagues and their students in the face of the tragic fire that consumed the Museu Nacional. The fire devastated the National Museum of Brazil, destroying the most significant collection of natural history and anthropology in South America. The museum held at least 20 million artifacts, with exhibitions in biological anthropology, archeology, ethnology, geology, paleontology and zoology. The fire also consumed the Museum’s academic programs, such as the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology.

Please read and circulate widely the powerful text by the Museum's Anthropologist, Aparecida Vilaca.

See the following for additional information.

Statement on the fire destroying the National Museum/UFRJ

PPGAS Museu Nacional

BBC News - Brazil's national museum hit by huge fire