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Brazil's Independence Museum Reopening Ahead of Bicentennial

The embalmed heart of Brazil's former emperor Dom Pedro I is displayed in a container of formaldehyde, during a press visit at Itamaraty palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022. The heart of the emperor who declared Brazil's independence in 1822 arrived from Portugal for display as part of Brazil's independence bicentennial celebration on Sept. 7. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
The embalmed heart of Brazil's former emperor Dom Pedro I is displayed in a container of formaldehyde, during a press visit at Itamaraty palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022. The heart of the emperor who declared Brazil's independence in 1822 arrived from Portugal for display as part of Brazil's independence bicentennial celebration on Sept. 7. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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Sao Paulo (AP) -- It took nearly a decade of renovations, but finally one of Brazil's most popular museums is reopening as part of the country's bicentennial celebrations.

The Paulista Museum is in the heart of the manicured grounds of Sao Paulo's Independence Park and holds more than 3,000 items, including 2,800 restored since its closure in 2013. (They include historic documents, paintings, household items and memorabilia.