The National Museum of Ireland's Strategic Plan 2019 - 2022 ‘Building Capacity, Driving Change' was launched on 4 April 2019 by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD.
The Plan, which was developed through a collaborative process with the NMI team, Board and key stakeholders, is the first of three five-year strategic plans, which will deliver the Museum's Master Vision Statement, ‘Connecting Our Past and Our Future', which was published in May 2018. ‘Connecting our Past and our Future 2018 - 2032' sets out a roadmap for transforming the NMI into an institution of international standing, by modernising its facilities and promoting learning, creativity and inspiration through engaging experiences.
Last year, through Project 2040 and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht's capital development plan for 2018-2027, the Government announced its intention to invest €85 million in NMI facilities in the next 10 years. This investment, which was the largest single capital investment outlined in the plan, will be used for the redevelopment of the Natural History Museum on Merrion Street (2018 - 2021) and the Museum of Archaeology on Kildare Street (2022 - 2027).
Director of the National Museum of Ireland, Lynn Scarff said: "We have exciting and transformative plans for the next 15 years and we are committed to working with all our stakeholders to ensure that this change is planned and implemented in a collaborative and strategic manner. At this early stage in the process, we've identified three pillars as key enablers - Capacity, Collections and Engagement - and the Strategic Plan sets out prescriptive targets and goals under each."
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