ASTC’s Statement on the Loss of Brazil’s National Museum to Fire

Cristin Dorgelo, President and CEO of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) released the following statement regarding the loss of Brazil’s National Museum to a devastating fire.

The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is filled with sorrow on the devastating loss of the National Museum of Brazil (Museu Nacional) in Rio de Janeiro during a fire last night.

While we are grateful there was no loss of life, the loss of 20 million objects, and the scientific knowledge and cultural heritage they contain, is of incalculable value to Brazil, Latin America, and the entire world.

Our hearts go out to the museum’s staff, supporters, and visitors; the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro community; and all the citizens of Brazil.

ASTC stands firm in its belief that the world’s science centers and museums are critical to continued individual and societal advancement, and we stand with the National Museum and its communities as rebuilding begins.

—Cristin Dorgelo, President and CEO, ASTC

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