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NMI museum needs a curator

THE lack of a curator is delaying the reopening of the NMI Museum of History and Culture, according to its board chairman John Gonzales.

He said the facility is ready to welcome visitors as the repair and restoration work is complete.

But “we still have to enlist the professional services of a curator, curator technicians and museum guides,” Gonzales added.

John GonzalesJohn Gonzales

He said a curator will undertake a comprehensive analysis and compile records of the museum’s artifacts and oversee exhibits.

The museum board of governors, he added, has asked the executive director, Danny Aquino, to get the professional staff needed for the facility.

“We are hoping to open in February or early March. We want to make sure that we do things right and restore our full operation,” Gonzales said.

A curator will take care and authenticate the artifacts and the exhibits in the museum, he added.

“We want to make sure that the artifacts and exhibits that we will be sharing with visiting residents, students and tourists, are historically accurate,” Gonzales said. They also need museum guideswho are knowledgeable about the history and culture of the CNMI, he added.

According to Gonzales, the museum has not had a curator for the last 10 years.

“When the museum was established in the mid-80s, it had all the professional staff it needed,” he said.

“Now we don’t have fulltime employees, and we don’t have employee slots through the local budget appropriation. Obviously, we are left with no other choice but to engage in professional contractual services to accelerate the organizing, analyzing and preparation of artifacts and exhibits,” he added.

As for the entrance fee, Gonzales said the subject will be discussed at the next board meeting in January.

“The board needs to make sure that we are financially stable and able to cover overhead costs,” he said.