The Museum of Musical Instruments in Reggio Calabria in Italy, has been totally destroyed by fire after being torched by arsonists.
Initial reports suggest that several instruments in particular were set alight, before the fire spread around the whole building. The museum, which is close to the seafront which faces Sicily, was founded 17 years ago on the initiative of a local doctor.
It had amassed a collection of 800 instruments from around the world, including many folk instruments of the region. The library was also completely destroyed, which contained some antique scores and books among its collection.
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