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Ts.Oyungerel: The budget for renovation of the Museum of Lenin was terminated

Trans. by B.NARANTUYA

The Museum of Lenin was established in communist time in 1967. So it was a state property from the beginning and its budget was provided by the state from 1978 to 1990.

In recent years the museum’s ownership has been a controversial topic and the once pristine establishment is now collecting dust.

 The following interview with the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ts.Oyungerel, about the museum.

How many museum premises meet standards in Mongolia?

Even though the museum of Kharkhorin in Uvurhangai Province has a small buildings, it meets the standard. The National Museum, which was built around 1980, is not that bad. The museum in Bayan-Ulgii Province has a nice building too. The other museums have a lot of problems. If the renovation work is completed, the Central Museum for Dinosaurs, will meet standards.

What kind of works has your ministry done to resolve museum related issues?

In the field of culture, especially for museums, the long-term objectives and step by step development is very important. To bring our museums to the international level, we need constant investment.

While I was visiting a small museum in a small town of Japan, officials stated that it took 14 years to plan, to build and to equip the museum. It takes quite a long time because the findings must be placed in a special building and must have special care. The museum building was very small; however, it met the standards. The museum officials stated that they have a steady investment every year as they said, “We only elected City Mayors who promised to invest in our museum.”

Because of Mongolia’s situation, we haven’t made any long-term investment into our museums.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism was established to take action in the field of culture. What has the ministry done in this field so far?

First of all, we wanted to renovate the Museum of Lenin. Secondly we planned to build a Museum of Archeology. Unfortunately the scheme work hasn’t been completed yet, because the money was not included in the budget of 2015. And thirdly, we aimed to build a religious museum and the budget was resolved recently.

Most tourists who are visiting Mongolia are very interested in the religions of our country. Over 90 percent of them visit Gandantegchenlin monastery. But they don’t get any information from there.

Since the state destroyed over 600 monasteries, now I think they can build one museum and include all those historical pieces that were hidden for many years. Therefore, the state will provide investment for the renovation of Gandantegchenlin monastery.

Our ministry made an important research on how museums and scientific organizations relate to each other. Scientific organizations prepare historical pieces and study them. After that, the organization writes a scientific paper. It takes a lot of years to decide which museum will take those historical pieces.

It is not possible to deliver the findings to museums after digging it out because it can damage the other pieces. In Mongolia, we don’t have that service to prepare and sanitize artifacts at our scientific organizations. In other countries, there is a particular system that connects these two organizations. We also need a warehouse to contain the findings, so the construction of the Cultural Center has been in process since two years ago in Khan-Uul District. If the construction is completed, we can receive findings there and researchers can work at the center properly. This will give us the opportunity to expand our activities.

Expanding our activities and having a lot more findings to store will mean that more buildings need to be built. We planned to build the Museum of Archeology in two years, right after finishing the Cultural Center construction.

In the last ten years, we needed to build a museum every year. The state invested in the Cultural Center for two years.

In the 2015 budget, a total of five billion MNT was planned, four billion MNT of which is designated for the massive reconstruction and construction work in our sector. We planned two billion MNT for museum reconstructions and from that, one billion was budgeted for the renovation work for the Museum of Lenin. Unfortunately the planned budget was cut down. We have to wait for the economic growth to speed up.

Old museums are historic pieces. What is the ministry doing to protect them?

At historical places like, Erdenezuu temple, Chojin lama monastery, the renovation work must be conducted for many years. For the renovation work, the investment must be steady every year. For the past two years, we haven’t stopped the reconstruction work.

As renovation work requires professionals, we must have some constant workers, not the small companies that were selected through tenders. If we can have these workers, we have a lot of work that will be done in 100 years. For example, the roof of Chojin Lama Museum is at a state where it could collapse at anytime. To fix it, we must follow an official procedure and examine the whole building.

If we continue to receive investment that was given for the past two years, we hope that many things will be resolved in the upcoming years.

 

Source: Unuudur sonin

 

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