Museum launches plan for future

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The National Museum & Art Gallery (NMAG) has released a new plan to protect and preserve PNG’s historical and natural heritage, and to secure the nation’s cultural future.

The NMAG Corporate Plan 2019-2023 was launched at the museum in Port Moresby on 3 July 2019 by the Hon. Emil Tammur MP, Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture. The document sets out the future direction of the institution to meet the emerging needs and aspirations of NMAG and its key stakeholders.

During his address, Minister Tammur said the museum is a trusted custodian and protector of the nation’s heritage that has become a must-see destination for local and international visitors.

“The museum is the people’s place. It instils intense pride and a sense of belonging to those who visit. International tourists mix easily with locals, soaking up the colour and vitality of Port Moresby’s most popular public space,” said Minister Tammur.

Developed by the NMAG Director Dr Andrew Moutu, senior managers and a corporate advisor supported by the Australian Government, the new plan sets out the strategic and operational goals of the museum, which is aligned with the Government of PNG’s key strategic visions as outlined in the Medium-Term Development Strategy III 2018-2022Vision 2050 and the Development Strategic Plan 2010–2030.

Under the overarching vision of “Celebrating Identity, Building Communities”, the plan includes five key goals which cover community engagement and partnerships, evidence-based research and collection management, visitor experience, efficient and sustainable business operations, and protection of the nation’s built, movable and intangible heritage.

Director of NMAG Dr Andrew Moutu said the new goals and strategies set a clear direction for the institution’s future.

“We have a dream to continue to rehabilitate and grow the museum. To do this, we must have effective governance and this plan is the very foundation needed to achieve this vision in coming years,” said Dr Moutu.

“One of the main goals of the new plan is that the museum becomes an educational hub. We will be focusing on how we can best present our strong culture and heritage to Papua New Guinea and the world.”

In 2018, the museum re-opened to the public after an extensive refurbishment funded by the Australian Government. Australia has continued support to NMAG through the provision of technical assistance, including the development of the corporate plan and capacity development.

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