National Museum to open in summer 2018

Serbian Minister of Culture and Information, Vladan Vukosavljevic said that the reconstruction of the National Museum was going according to plan, and that the Museum should be opened by summer 2018.

“I cannot talk about the exact opening date. There is no need to speculate about it since we have already been waiting for over ten years (for the Museum to open). The works are supposed to be finished by spring 2018, and, after that, the curators need some time to arrange the exhibits. However, I can say with a good degree of certainty that the mid-2018 is the last deadline for the Museum to open its doors”, the Minister has said.

He went on to say that a total of 1.2 billion dinars was allocated for the reconstruction of the Museum with almost half of that amount (497 million dinars) already spent. The Museum’s representatives said that the Museum now had proper lighting, and that the reconstruction was very complicated since the building comprises of three parts – one built in 1903, and the other two in 1933 and between 1966 and 1969 respectively.

Speaking about a petition from several members of the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences (SANU) regarding the revision of Darwin’s evolution theory in schools, the Minister says that there is already a public debate going on about this topic.

“This is a very sensitive issue that causes debates left and right. Darwin’s theory of evolution is a theory, hence the name. There are evolutionary and creation theories circulating around, and I don’t want get the Ministry involved in that. This is a matter that should be discussed at our universities, among scientists, and in a public debate. It is a complex issue”, Vukosavljevic added.

(N1, 09.05.2017)



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