Firefighters from seven totally different stations labored via the night time to place out the blaze, however at the same time as flames leaped from the 200-year-old constructing, Brazilian President Michel Temer mentioned the losses had been too nice to be calculated.
“The lack of the Nationwide Museum’s assortment is insurmountable for Brazil. 2 hundred years of labor, analysis and information had been misplaced,” Temer mentioned in a tweet Sunday. “It is a unhappy day for all Brazilians.”
Marco Aurelio Caldas, a museologist who had labored on the establishment for greater than 9 years, arrived on the museum as quickly as he heard concerning the fireplace, information company Agencia Brasil reported.
“That is 200 years of labor of a scientific establishment, a very powerful one in Latin America. Every little thing is completed. Our work, our life was all in there,” Caldas advised Agencia Brasil.
Different museum employees, researchers, teachers and interns additionally flocked to Rio’s Sao Conrado neighborhood. Lots of them cried because the watched flames eat the constructing.
The museum has been internet hosting a sequence of occasions and actions to commemorate its bicentennial this yr.
It’s house to quite a lot of uncommon displays referring to the historical past of the Americas, together with 1000’s of works from the pre-Colombian period, corresponding to mummified Andean skeletons.
It additionally homes a powerful assortment of historic Egyptian artifacts, like mummies, sarcophagi, statues and stone carvings.
The museum’s present director, João Carlos Nara, mentioned the injury was “irreparable.”
The constructing was as soon as house to the Portuguese royal household, and in the present day it is the oldest historic establishment within the nation and a outstanding analysis establishment built-in with the Federal College of Rio De Janeiro.
It was based on June 6, 1818, by João VI of Portugal upon his arrival to Rio de Janiero as a part of the Imperial Royal Household.