Brazilian officials and protesters are blaming the fire which gutted the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro on years of funding cuts. The institution housed 20 million items, including one of the oldest human skulls found in the Americas.
Visitors to the antiquities museum will be the first in seven years to view classical and Islamic treasures. The building was closed and the artefacts removed when Syria's civil war came close to the capital.
The 200-year-old National Museum in Rio has lost much of its collection through Sunday's fire. Historian Debora Gerstenberger explains what this means for Brazil and the rest of the world.
A fire has claimed the vast majority of more than 20 million artifacts at Brazil's biggest museum. Police deployed tear gas to control crowds who were demanding entry to inspect the damage.
A fierce blaze has engulfed Rio de Janeiro's National Museum which housed millions of unique, historical items. "Two hundred years of work, investigation and knowledge have been lost," the president said.
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