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ATTRACTION TYPE Museum/gallery


BUDGET $97,000,000*


The National Museum of Brazil (Museu Nacional) in Rio de Janeiro was destroyed by a huge fire in 2018. Officials estimate that the museum lost an estimated 85% of its collection in the fire. Now plans are underway to rebuild and reopen the museum. In February 2021, H + F Arquitetos and Atelier Architecture and Urban Design were appointed to the project. Renderings of the refurbished museum include increased exhibition space as well as an auditorium and administrative and technical rooms. The cost of completely reconstructing the museum has been estimated at 380 million reais ($75m) but the final figure could reach around 500 million reais ($97m). The rebuilding effort has received donations from the Rio de Janeiro government, the Brazilian Development Bank and the federal government, but will mostly rely on donations from private donors and foreign partners. Despite delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic and difficulty raising the necessary funds, the first stage of the museum’s restoration project – the façade – was unveiled in September 2022 to coincide with the Brazilian bicentennial of independence. The full building is tentatively scheduled to reopen in 2027. (Updated 5 September 2022)

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Atelier Architecture and Urban Design/H + F Arquitetos


Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Rectory Building, 2nd Floor
University City
Rio de Janeiro, 21941

Cristiana Serejo
Vice Director
+55 2139 386 040

Alexander Kellner
Director of Museu Nacional Brazil
+55 2122 544 320

Denise Pires de Carvalho
University Dean
+55 2139 389 603

Construtora Biapó LTDA.

218, 95th Street – South Sector
St. Sul
Goiânia 74083-100

+55 62 3241 0575

Atelier Architecture and Urban Design

Rua Almirante Tamandaré 32 – 501
Rio de Janeiro 22210-060

+55 21 99401 8348​​
Fabiana Araújo

H + F Arquitetos

Galeria Metrópole
São Paulo 01046-001

+55 11 3231 5438
Eduardo Ferroni