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Private Museum Development Program Drawn Up in Russia

Ministry of Culture has also established a private museums register, in which around 500 entities have been included.

The development program for the private museums was developed in Russia for the first time; it is planned for 2021–2023. The Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Olga Lyubimova announced this to reporters on Wednesday.

“For the first time, in cooperation with the museum community, a private museums development program has been developed, which is planned for 2021–2023. Its key idea is the integration of private museums into a single museum space of the country, and their inclusion, along with federal, regional and departmental museums, into state programs implemented by the Ministry of Culture of Russia. The emphasis will be placed on promoting private museums in different parts of our country,” said Lyubimova.

She added that thanks to this program, the recognition of private museums will increase as they are supposed to be included in museum and cultural tourism routes. According to Lyubimova, the Ministry of Culture of Russia, together with the Union of Russian Museums and the Association of Private Museums of Russia, are planning to sign this program at the final meeting of the ministry’s board.

Private Museums Register

“The private museums register has been formed. It includes about 500 private museums and those organizations that have items from the Museum Fund of the Russian Federation in their collections. The register is as professional as possible; it is not aimed at tourists,” said Lyubimova.

The head of the Russian Ministry of Culture announced the beginning of the formation of the private museums register on July 1.

At the end of May, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation formed a working group to support cultural organizations in a pandemic. A working group led by Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Olga Yarilova and State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Alla Manilova is preparing proposals for additional assistance to federal state institutions and federal state unitary enterprises in the field of culture, and possible support for joint stock companies in the field of cinematography, the shares of which are owned by the Russian Federation, non-state theaters and museums.