Under the chairmanship of the State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Alla Manilova, a meeting was held on the preparation of the Private Museums Register and the formation of a strategic program for their support and development.
The meeting was attended by: acting director of the Department of Museums of the Ministry of Culture of Russia Alexey Mudrov, adviser to the president of the Union of Museums of Russia Ivan Korneev, head of the Association for the Promotion of Private Museums of Russia, director of the World Calligraphy Museum Alexei Shaburov, deputy director of the Association for the Promotion of Activities of Private Museums of Russia Alexei Kharyutkin.
Alla Manilova emphasized that the work on integrating private museums into a single museum space of the country began in 2019, when the Ministry prepared a regulatory act “On the approval of the Rules for granting a private museum the status of a non-state museum of federal significance”. The corresponding resolution was adopted by the Government of the Russian Federation, and private museums for the first time had the opportunity to obtain federal status.
First of all, this means that the state recognizes the significance of the museum’s collection. Secondly, when conducting exhibition activities, federal private museums are subject to tax incentives similar to those established for state museums.
The Deputy Minister informed that the issue of state support for the development of private museums will be included in the work agenda of the Coordinating Council for Culture under the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, which includes ministers of culture of all 85 constituent entities of the Russian Federation. The problems of private museums will also be included in the agenda of the events of the Museums section of the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.
Earlier, the head of the Ministry of Culture of Russia Olga Lyubimova said that the Ministry has begun to form the Private Museums Register.
“Of course, we are interested in integrating private museums in the cultural space of the country and in maximizing the use of their capabilities. Now we have begun to create the Private Museums Register,” said Olga Lyubimova.
She added that appropriate monitoring is being conducted with the participation of the Union of Museums of Russia, the Association of Private Museums of Russia, as well as regional authorities. “I don’t want to anticipate the events, but we expect to publicly present the strategic program for the development of private museums in Russia in the summer,” said the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation.