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December 10, 2002
The museum was older than most buildings in the city, having survived more than a few violent regime changes and any number of whims from presidents, warlords and governors. As a testament to the tact and diplomacy of several generations of curators, it hadn’t been ransacked for over a century, and had only been closed for ‘reorientation’ a half dozen times since then. It held the favor of the current Governor, enough to afford the restoration of its 150 year old fa├žade, and to employ sufficient staff to keep its marble floors polished and its many display cabinets sparkling clean.