Underground surprises during the renovation of São Paulo’s oldest museum

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Ipiranga Museum under renovation. Photo: Govesp

The Paulista Museum of the University of São Paulo, more commonly known as the Ipiranga Museum, was first opened on September 7, 1895 to commemorate Brazil’s independence and the state of São Paulo. It is home to over 450,000 artifacts, including objects, iconography, documents, dating back to the 17th century. The oldest of its kind in São Paulo, the Ipiranga Museum has been closed to the public since 2013 for renovation. It is scheduled to reopen in September of next year, to celebrate the bicentennial of Brazil’s independence. 

But remodeling works have thrown up a number of surprises,...

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