The Museum and Cultural Centre of Timor-Leste is a project currently being developed in partnership with UNESCO. The Museum and Cultural Centre is a fundamental project to affirm Timor-Leste’s national identity, and should be built in the next coming years.
It will host permanently the geological collection (currently in display in the Presidential Palace), the archaeological collection (spread by various countries), and the ethnographic collection, comprising ca. 800 pieces currently deposited in the Ministry of Education. There are also heritage collections of high value, consisting of ethnographic and other materials, which left Timor-Leste and just await a structure in Timor-Leste such as the Museum and Cultural Centre to be returned.
Besides this, the Museum and Cultural Centre will host the future Schools of Arts and Music, so that a substantial part of living culture, one of Timor-Leste’s greatest heritage wealth, is clearly represented and may be preserved and developed accordingly.
Such as with the National Library and Archives, the Museum and Cultural Centre of Timor-Leste will be located in Aitarak laran. Besides the qualified staff already existing, the Museum and Cultural Centre implies hiring and training more staff (it is hoped that the first 10 staff will be hired in 2010), as well as defining and establishing the respective legal framework.
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