On September 2, the destruction by a fire of the Paço de São Cristóvão, a neoclassical style building that housed the National Museum (Museu Nacional, NM) of Rio de Janeiro, completes two years. One of the gems of Brazilian Architecture, located at Quinta da Boa Vista, in the North Zone of the City, the museum has also been the stage for decisive moments in Brazilian history. It is the country’s longest running scientific institution and was among the biggest anthropology and natural history museums of the Americas. The institution is part of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
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