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The National Museum of Ireland welcomes €85millon investment

The National Museum of Ireland welcomes €85millon investment. Investment represents largest single capital investment in a cultural institution in ‘Investing in our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018-2027’. NMI to reveal wider 15-year Master Vision Statement in the coming weeks


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The National Museum of Ireland welcomes €85millon investment

Investment represents largest single capital investment in a cultural institution in ‘Investing in our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018-2027’

NMI to reveal wider 15-year Master Vision Statement in the coming weeks

10/4/2018

The National Museum of Ireland has welcomed the announcement by Government that it intends to invest €85millon in its facilities in the next 10 years as part of Project Ireland 2040. This represents the largest single investment by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in its capital development plan for 2018-2027.

This significant financial support, announced at the launch ofInvesting in our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018-2027’ in Dublin today, will be used for the redevelopment of the Natural History Museum on Merrion Street (2018 – 2021) and the Museum of Archaeology on Kildare Street (2022 – 2027).

In the coming weeks, the National Museum of Ireland will launch a 15-year Master Vision Statement, up to 2032, and this Statement will also map out plans for its other sites, the Museum of Decorative Arts and History at Collins Barracks, the Museum of Country Life at Turlough Park Co Mayo and its Collections Resource Centre in Swords.

Catherine Heaney, Chair of the Board of the National Museum of Ireland today welcomed the investment for the first two phases of the plan: “The inclusion of our cultural institutions in Project Ireland 2040 is an important acknowledgement of the role which our cultural heritage plays in society and in the economy.  For the first time in history, investment in our cultural institutions is being taken as seriously as investment in schools, roads and other national infrastructure. There’s a recognition here that cultural institutions have a key role across education, research, sustainability, planning and in our national wellbeing.

“The National Museum of Ireland has invested in a significant masterplan scoping exercise in the past 18 months:  in the coming weeks, we will launch a 15-year vision to encompass all of the Museum’s sites.  The allocations announced in the capital plan will contribute hugely towards attaining that vision and ensuring that our National Museum plays a stronger role in supporting our social and economic development.”

Director of the National Museum of Ireland, Raghnall Ó Floinn said; “This much needed investment will support the National Museum of Ireland to both address long-standing infrastructural issues and to develop our sites to destinations of international standing. Improvements will include a new extension to the Natural History Museum on Merrion Street and the complete refurbishment of the Museum of Archaeology on Kildare Street. We also have ambitious plans for our other facilities and these will be announced shortly, within our wider 15-year Master Vision Statement,”

 

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Ann Daly, Head of Marketing. T: 01 648 6457;  M: 087 2368067;  E: adaly@museum.ie

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