What is a Museolgical Plan?
The Museolgical Plan is the basic tool of strategic planning of the museum. It gives it conceptual and technical inputs and allows the definition, planning, and prioritization of objectives and actions of each of its operating areas.
It's in the Museolgical Plan that, among other things, the museum defines its mission and role in the society – its public, its spaces, and institutional, assets, people management, communication, research, educational, finance and security programs.
The first document to "organize the project for the City Historical Museum" was the Regulation of the City Museum of Rio de Janeiro, created by Gustavo Barroso and published in 1944 in the Proceedings of the National Historical Museum, vol. 5 (p. 180-190). The document showed what the purpose of the museum was "to collect, classify, store, organize, and display objects, relics, maps and historical documents of value, artistic, and technical related to the history of the city of Rio de Janeiro, its great individuality and remarkable events." Click here to access the PDF with the full text of the Regulation.
Law No. 11,904 which establishes the Museum Statute says in its Section III, Art. 44, that it is "the museums' duty to develop and implement the Museum Plan." Pursuant to this determination, the MHC has been developing its new Museolgical Plan with the assistance of its technical staff, experts, and consultants in different areas.
New Project for the Museum
To serve and in accordance with the Regulatory Ordinance of the Institute for National Historic and Artistic Heritage – Iphan # 1 in 05/07/2006 ( published in the Official Journal of the Union # 1 in 11/07/2013 and with Ordinance # 8.124 in 17/10/2013 (O.J.U published on 18/10/2013), the Historical Museum of the City of Rio de Janeiro – (Museu Histórico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro – MHCRJ, proposes in this first draught of the Project for the Museum, thus strengthening the commitment made and agreed on by MHCRJ on its integration to the IBRAM (the Brazilian System of Museums) .
The Project is still being elaborated and is relative about the period that spans from 2017 to 2020. The proposal to be presented at the end of 2016, will be the result of the meetings and reflection on them since 2015. These meetings and reflections not only involved the museum’s technical and administrative staff involved but several social segments and cultural institutions, thus serving the specificities of a museum which is at the same time historic and contemporary.
With approximately 24.000 cultural pieces the MHCRJ is the institution responsible for the greatest number of museum pieces under the care of the City Government. Its Collection is constantly growing as a result of donations and acquisitions by City Hall and represents an important and up to date record of the city’s urban, political and social development.
The Project for the Museum will include the following programs, which should work in a coordinated and synergistic manner: an Exhibition program (with permanent and temporary exhibitions), Institutional Program (administrative), the Collection Program (documental and museum), the Cultural and Educational Program (focusing on an intense cultural programming in the museum and in the park, and democratic interrelation with a varied public) , the Research Program (extensive research on the collections to support the possible reinterpretations of collections and to plan new exhibits and educational activities), the Communication Program, the Architectural Program and the Safety Program.
The MHCRJ Museum Project will be strongly committed to the museum’s social dimension trying to value multiple visions of the city, from the historic, artistic and natural heritage to the anthropological, social and cultural aspects.