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Is a Virtual Museum the Solution for the National Museum of Brazil—for now?

by Bernard K. Means As curators, collections managers, researchers, and others sift through the burned-out shell that is the National Museum of Brazil, one significant question is: what does the future hold for this venerable institution? Dr. Josh Bone of the Las Vegas Natural History Museum suggested via social media that museums consider returning or … Continue reading

Worst Nightmare Come True

by Bernard K. Means By now, many of us who work in archaeology, paleontology, history, or museums have awoken to the horrible news regarding the fiery destruction of the National Museum of Brazil. This has been characterized as a “lobotomy of the Brazilian memory.” Unique fossils, some used to name new species, and significant items … Continue reading