“Drink tea and don’t go into grief”. NTV Channel filmed a story on a situation in which private museums found themselves as a result of pandemic.
“Private museums were founded by collectors and enthusiasts at their own expense, and most of them never received help from the state. Previously, it was possible to at least cover the expenses, but now it is impossible to make ends meet.” the story says.
Indeed, private museums, which do not have external sources of funding and only exist on the proceeds of ticket sales, are in a very difficult position. Many of them were unable to survive the spring quarantine and restrictive measures.
The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation decided to help private museums. Together with the Union of Museums and the Association of Private Museums, a register has been formed that could allow private museums to count on government assistance. The register includes around 500 private museums. However, the Ministry of Culture is in no hurry to make it public.
Now the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Union of Museums and the Association of Private Museums are preparing a program for the development of private museums in Russia for 2021–2023. The first thing that private museums are expecting is integration into the general museum space and information support. According to Alla Manilova, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the program assumes full participation in the Intermuseum International Festival, which is held annually in May at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall in Moscow.