TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF MUSEUM FIRES
OF LOSS OVER US$ 1M WITH CAUSE, PROTECTION AFFORDED
AND LESSONS TO LEARN

 

# CAUSES: poor housekeeping\cleaning, arson, electrical, heating, cooking, workmen with torches, caterers, smoking, lighting, audiovisuals.

# CONSEQUENCES: total loss of institution, extended closing to the public, major loss of capital,loss of collection use for further exhibiting and research, total loss of burned objects, building shutdown for damage and smoke, decline in confidence in the institution and its management, decline in donations, notoriety from the public, probable insurance rate hike, loss of operations, shows and research, possible decline in the ability to obtain loans from other institutions.





A DECADE OF MAJOR CULTURAL PROPERTY THEFTS
OVER US$ 1M WITH METHOD OF THEFT AND LESSON TO LEARN