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NMI Museum’s old Japanese laboratory repairs near completion

(Press Release) — The last building in the NMI Museum grounds is nearing completion in its repairs. The repairs were necessary to prevent further deterioration and to preserve the historical building as well as safeguard the visitors that visit on a daily basis.

Once completed, the building will be used as a coffee and gift shop to help generate revenue for the museum.

“We are pleased with the overall repairs to the building and receiving lots of positive comments from our guests and the public,” NMI Museum of History and Culture Executive Director Danny Aquino said.

The funding for the repairs were from a grant from the Marianas Visitors Authority.

“I want to extend my sincere appreciation to the MVA board of directors, former Managing Director Chris Concepcion, Judy Torres, Tatiana Babauta and the MVA team who have been very supportive developing and enhancing the NMI Museum to be one of the must see tourist attraction sites,” Aquino said.

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“I am also very grateful to all our sponsors. Without them, it would be extremely difficult for me to do these urgent repairs and maintain these 92-year-old buildings.

“Following the completion of the repairs on the building, we will begin to construct temporary huts to provide a venue for local artists to teach, display and sell local products to our guests. I have reached out to the Secretary of Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, the respective directors from the Arts Council, Chamorro Indigenous Affairs and Carolinian Affairs Offices who have all expressed support.”

In addition, the outdoor grounds will be utilized to hold two upcoming big events in May and June. The first event will be the MVA annual membership which will be toward the end of May 2019 and the last event will be the 75th WW II Anniversary on June 11, 2019.

“The completion of the Old Japanese Laboratory building comes at a very important time when our proposed fiscal year 2020 budget may see up to a 53 percent cut which will seriously hamper our operations. With the addition of the coffee shop and gift shop, we hope to generate additional revenue,” Aquino said.

“I would like to also ask the public to please support the Marianas High School car wash on May 4, 2019, which will be held on our front drive-thru parking. The last car wash from Saipan Southern Student Council was a big success and anticipate that this upcoming one will be even bigger.”