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The National Museum expects R$90 million via the Rouanet law in a new renovation phase to reopen in 2026

The funds raised will be invested in various works in the Paço de São Cristóvão building, in Rio de Janeiro; The location suffered a fire in 2018

OR National Museum from Rio de Janeirodestroyed by a fire in September 2018, it is expected to reopen in 2026. Fundraising was approved last November, through Rouanet Lawfor an amount of R$ 90,000,274.90 for the second phase of restoration of the main building of the site.

The renovation of the National Museum

The R$ 90 million project refers to the second phase of the restoration works of the Paço de São Cristóvão, in particular for the restoration of the roofs and facades of blocks 2, 3 and 4, as well as other interventions in the surrounding area and in internal areas.

Check out some of the proposed goals below:

  • Carry out work on facades and roofs
  • Rainwater collection
  • Structural consolidation of the attic and roof
  • Tree removal
  • Consolidation of the walls
  • Pest disinfestation
  • Lighting
  • Staircase restoration
  • Floor restoration
  • Finishes
  • Restoration of paintings
  • Metal structure of stairs and elevators
  • Masonry
  • Covering of floors, walls and ceilings
  • Hydraulic, air conditioning, electrical, special and fire prevention infrastructures
  • Promote training visits for interested specialists and operators involved in the restoration work of the Palace

According to the project, the National Museum will also have to “carry out, free of charge, activities parallel to the projects, such as open tests, internships, courses, training, conferences, exhibitions, exhibitions and workshops”. You can access the full fundraising project here.

The total investment reaches R$440 million

Last March, the Minister of Education, Camilo Santana, commented on the situation of the National Museum, underlining that 61% of the sum foreseen for the total renovation had already been collected. “The idea is to realize the results in the first half of 2026. The total investment is R $ 440 million, R $ 180 million remains to be raised,” he said at the time.

In an interview with Folha de S. Paulo, published on Saturday 9, the director of the National Museum, Alexander Kellner, stated that the idea is to reopen the site with around 50-60% of its total surface area available to the public , and that a small area could be reopened in 2024, with a visit to the meteorite room and the monumental staircase.

“The Museum has already done everything it had to do and we are waiting for the resources. We have asked for a hearing with Alerj, who promised us, in 2019, R$ 20 million, which have not yet been received”, he declared, in reference to the bill approved in August 2020, which allocates R$20 million from the Special Fund of the Fluminense Parliament to the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), sponsor of the National Museum.

OR Estadao sought contact with the board of directors of the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, as well as the federal government’s Ministry of Culture on the matter, but received no response until the publication of this report. More information on the Rouanet Law is available on the Cultural Incentives Law website.

Source: Terra

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