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Just in: Musical instruments museum destroyed by fire

Italy’s┬áMuseum of Musical Instruments, in Reggio Calabria has been completely destroyed. It housed some 800 precious items. Arson is suspected. An empty jerry can was found near the scene.


UPDATE: More pictures here.

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  1. This is an outrage along with La Fenice and the opera house in Bari. What a loss! Ann

  2. is there a catalogue of what was lost?

  3. Oh, no, how awful. :(

  4. Neil van der Linden says:


  5. David Boxwell says:

    Putting this cultural treasure in a city riddled with organized crime syndicates and prone to earthquakes: what could possibly go wrong?

  6. Jim Mendenhall says:

    I hope there will be a list published of some of the treasures lost.

  7. Michael Schaffer says:

    I didn’t know that type of canister is called a “jerry can” in English. That is so funny! The jerry can thing, I mean, not the fire.

    The article says the fire also destroyed a library with old books and sheet music, and that the arson may be connected to local organized crime, but it doesn’t say how.

    • Mike Earles says:

      Jerry can, a hangover from the American usage in WWII, is a term accepted into modern English

  8. Peter Allen says:

    Hey Jim Mendenhall! Greetings from Peter and Ann Allen!

  9. Donald Wright says:

    Southern Italy has a rich tradition of destroying cultural heritages and businesses when the requisite amount of “protection” money isn’t paid. Mafia Barbarians.

  10. Tragic. All of our so-called progress hasn’t done much to enlighten the human spirit as a whole. I am also sad for the general situation in Italy with the Mafia and the Vatican running the country like their personal fiefdom.

  11. Mike Earles says:

    All so very sad as many consider Italy as the cradle of Western Classical music [and other arts too].

  12. I think this is the museum’s website

    You can put it through Google Translate to get a sense of what they report about the fire.

  13. Ailbhe Cunningham says:

    The Jerry can was a German design , which could not be improved on .

  14. Really sad man! It was totally devastating to me because there are lots of precious instruments were there but now I think none of them existent there. So it’s really big damage and hope that everybody will come out to recover this musical instruments museum.

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