UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

06/07/2023 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/08/2023 00:00

The 205th anniversary of the National Museum/UFRJ

Founded on June 6, 1818, by D. João VI, the Museu Nacional/UFRJ is the first scientific institution and the oldest museum in Brazil. Its creation decree already recorded its primary mission: to propagate knowledge and studies on natural sciences. Since 2018, the Museu Nacional/UFRJ has been undergoing restoration works after suffering a severe fire that almost destroyed the entire Paço de São Cristóvão and burnt about 85% of the institution's scientific collections.

Overview of the works accomplished by the "Museu Nacional Vive" project, with the soundtrack "Em nome da Esperança" (In the Name of Hope), music by Hamilton de Holanda. The mandolin played by the artist was built by firefighter and luthier Davi Lopes from a piece of wood removed from the 2018 fire.

UNESCO considers it extremely important to participate in the Vive National Museum Project, an initiative that brings together partners. It joins efforts in rebuilding the Museum and will return this essential cultural, academic and scientific institution to Brazilian and international society. With the support of society and the international community's involvement, the National Museum will reopen its doors to society even more relevant, accessible and safe to continue promoting the scientific and cultural heritage of humanity. The National Museum has historical value and incomparable relevance for the culture and knowledge of humanity.
Marlova Jovchelovitch NoletoDirector and Representative of UNESCO in Brazil

Amidst the celebrations for the 205th anniversary of the National Museum/UFRJ, the restoration of the Paço de São Cristóvão continues at an intense pace. The works on the facades and roofs of the historic block were completed, leaving a legacy of protection and beauty in this national historic heritage.

Museu Nacional Vive

Aiming at promoting the restoration of this world cultural heritage, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), UNESCO in Brazil and the Vale Cultural Institute launched the project "Museu Nacional Vive" to promote the restoration of the structure, collection, and also foresees the reform of the Central Library and the implementation of a new academic campus in the place.