A devastating fire damaged the National Museum of Brazil on Sept. 2-3, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A cause to the catastrophic fire is still unknown. The museum, which is tied to the Rio de Janeiro federal university and the Education Ministry, was founded in 1818 by King John VI of Portugal and celebrated its 200th anniversary this year. It houses several landmark collections including Egyptian artifacts and the oldest human fossil found in Brazil. Its collection include more than 20 million items ranging from archaeological findings to historical memorabilia.
(Pictured) People watch as flames engulf the 200-year-old National Museum of Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro, on Sept. 2.
A massive fire engulfs the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, one of Brazil's oldest, on Sept. 2.
A worker rescues items during a fire at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sept. 2.
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