ONMuseums: Museums at Risk

Sep 06, 2018
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Breaking News

Fire Devastates National Museum of Brazil

"We mourn the loss of the museums invaluable collection, which included important natural history, mineralogical, paleontological, archaeological, ethnographic, and documentary collections, which hold up to 20 million items," the International Council of Museums (ICOM) writes in their official statement on the devastating Sunday evening fire that has rattled the international museum community

CLICK HERE to read ICOM's full statement.

Media Coverage: 
Why Brazil's National Museum Fire was a Devastating Blow to South America's Cultural Heritage - Smithsonian

Priceless Artifacts Potentially Lost in Brazil Museum Fire CTV News

Brazil Museum Fire: 'Incalculable' Loss as 200-year-old Rio Institution Gutted. - The Guardian
Call to action from Wikipedia 
 International Collaboration Initiative 
Are Our Museums at Risk?
Discussions in the wake of the Brazil fire

The events in Brazil have sparked discussion within the museum sector in Canada and Ontario, in consideration of the risk to museums and their collections, and encourage  best practices for the protection and safeguarding of our valued heritage and institutions.

Continued investment and support for future-ready museum buildings is essential to the sustainable preservation of Ontario’s cultural heritage. To strengthen our sector and achieve the goals set out in Ontario’s Museums 2025, museums in the province need to collaborate to build coordinated approaches to collecting.

Media Coverage:


Upcoming Workshop: Emergency Preparedness for Cultural Institutions

  • Canadian Conservation Institute in partnership with the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa
  • October 17-18, 2018

Canadian Conservation Institute Resources: 

Ontario Museum Association:


CLICK HERE to read the full ONMuseums.