Lääne County to Merge Museums

23. May 2013

The government approved the establishment of the Haapsalu and Lääne County Museums Foundation, which will merge six museums in the region.

“The united institution can better plan development and management costs, allowing representatives of local governments and the state to participate in decision-making,” said Minister of Culture Rein Lang in a press release today.

The reorganization is part of the ministry's push to reduce the number of independent museums, as Estonia has the highest number of museums per capita in Europe.

Lang told ETV in December, that fewer than half of Estonia's 250 museums earn even a quarter of their budgets through ticket sales.

The new foundation will incorporate Haapsalu's Episcopal Castle and the Railway Museum, which are both currently run by Haapsalu municipality, as well as four other museums in the area under national control.

The foundation will take over the six museums at the beginning of July.

Source: Estonian Public Broadcasting