How can I even start to describe the monumental effort it must have taken to construct our fine museum? To put in perspective the scale of our collection, following the purchase of the then defunct Damascus Arcology, it took the Roberts Foundation twenty years and in excess of 40,000 laborers, technicians, and curators to complete.
The Human Colonization Project began construction on the Arcology in 36,900 (26,900 AD) as part of their efforts to conserve land mass on the planet Earth while maintaining the steadily rising population at a time when off-world travel was heavily restricted. Perhaps their building efforts worked all too well, as the Foundation bought the superstructure solely because it had proven to be able to withstand everything nature could throw at it for thousands of years.
The scholarship of the era leaves events unclear. However, sometime between 39,000 and 42,000 the Arcology was emptied of humans and abandoned. In 42,780, the government of Nova La’Ropa took on responsibility for the Arcology, but did not reinstate its original purpose, but rather used it as a staging and storage area throughout their nation-state’s history.
In the late 49,000’s, the museum’s founder, Mister James Smith, bought the Arcology and the surrounding land from the empire and donated it to the Roberts Foundation in a trust meant to hold assets for the as yet unnamed museum.
To date, none of our team has been able to estimate accurately how long the structure of our former Arcology will last. Conservative guesses place our lifespan at six thousand years. Realistic expectations imply an extinction event might be necessary to demolish the building.