The Minister of Culture announced this Thursday the opening this month of applications for the ProMuseus Program, with 500 thousand euros, and that will have two new strands, the digitization and the internationalization. Graça Fonseca made the announcement in Lisbon, at Ajuda National Palace, at the ceremony to formalize the integration of 15 new museums in the Portuguese Museum Network (RPM).
The ceremony of formalization of the integration of 15 new museums in RPM, five of which this year – Museum of the Hospital Center of Oporto, Museu de Aguarela Roque Gameiro in Minde, National Railway Museum, Entroncamento, Health Museum in Lisbon, and José de Guimarães International Arts Center, in Guimarães.
The remaining ten museums had already been certified and published their order in the Diário da República, but only today was formalized their entry into the network, as explained the Director General of Cultural Heritage, Paula Araújo da Silva.
As stated by the Minister of Culture, since 2004 there was no formal formalization ceremony at RPM. The RPM, founded in 2000, now has 156 museums of diverse nature spread throughout the country, protected by various entities, whether the State, municipalities, holy houses of mercy, brotherhoods or foundations.
"The network has this peculiarity that is to put all this offer in an integrated and structured way with an important associated financial instrument that is the program ProMuseus that was enrolled in the State Budget with the sum of 500 thousand euros," said Graça Fonseca.
This program allows museums to apply for actions from the training of their human resources to initiatives for digital transformation and internationalization, the minister explained.
The ten museums that have already been certified and formally entered RPM are the Loulé Municipal Museum, the Santa Maria de Lamas Museum, the Douro Museum, the Batalha Municipality Museum, the Clerical Brotherhood Museum, the Porto Misericórdia Museum , Museum of the Superior Institute of Engineering of Porto, Museum of Contemporary Art of Elvas, Museum of the City of Aveiro and Ecomuseum of Barroso.
The accreditation processes of these museums took place from 2015 to 2018, but only today they formally become part of the network.
In his speech to the Minister of Culture, he stressed that the Government has sought to establish partnerships with entities that, not being museological, have works of art and that it will be possible to expose them.
The minister mentioned the protocol signed on Wednesday with the Credit Insurance Company (Cosec) that will allow to expose 15 works of art, including six tapestries of Portalegre, in spaces of public enjoyment, which neither Lisbon nor Porto , and also cited the exhibition at the National Museum of Contemporary Art – Museu do Chiado, from the Millennium BCP Foundation's art collection.
"The works of art must be seen by all," said the minister.