The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, together with the Association of Private Museums, the Union of Museums, regional ministries and departments of culture, began work on the formation of a register of non-state museums. The museums included in this document are promised support, primarily informational support.
Representatives of private museums interviewed by Izvestia admit that the idea of a register is in principle a good one. But so far there are more questions than answers – it is not clear how useful it will be in practice. In addition, the heads of private institutions fear that it will not be easy to meet the criteria developed by the department. Many applicants may be rejected due to the “wrong” form of ownership or insufficient collection value.
The “Moment of Truth” for private museums will come in August. In the second half of the month, State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Culture Alla Manilova will hold an online conference with representatives of the Association and its member organizations from all over the country, and by the end of summer the first version of the register will be formed. According to Alexei Shaburov’s estimate, at this stage 400-500 museums will be included in it. However, in the future, the list can be expanded.