Chinggis Khaan Museum to open by July 2021, Naadam FestivalArt & Culture
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. In April, 2019, the Government of Mongolia made a decision to establish Chinggis Khaan Heritage and Cultural Institute responsible for promoting the legacy of Chinggis Khaan and his role in the history of Mongolia and the world, as well as for historical records and research of the XIII century.
Following the decision, government resolution dated July 3, 2019 was issued to build Chinggis Khaan Museum. About the museum project, Director of the Chinggis Khaan Heritage and Cultural Institute M.Batbayar gave an interview to news.mn website.
The Chinggis Khaan Museum’s 9-floor building is planned to cover 20.500 square meter land area, and will have 15 exhibition halls, occupying over 40 percent of the building. Also, the museum will be equipped with 250-seat hall, offering virtual tours and many other events for the public.
In February 2020, Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh approved a concept for the museum, outlining to display the history and tradition of statehood in Mongolia, stretching from the Khunny Empire to the beginning of the XX century.
The exhibits to display at the museum are divided into five parts.
First, items and exhibits related to the XIII century that are being stored at currently-operating museums,
Second, archaeological items at academic research institutions and universities,
Third, exhibits or replicas to be collected from foreign museums by intergovernmental agreements with more than 30 countries, including a replica of Chinggis Khaan’s stone inscription given by the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg to Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh, and copy of letter from Kublai Khan to the King of Japan which is being preserved at Tōdai-ji Temple in Nara, Japan. Mr. Batbayar informed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working to bring items and exhibits linked to the XII century Mongolia and Chinggis Khaan from museums in foreign countries.
Fourth, new exhibits will be created based on historical records and research.
Fifth, items to be collected from individual collectors.
Moreover, archaeological field works to be conducted to enrich the museum exhibitions.
In accordance with the plan, the museum building construction will commence late March 2020 on the location of the now-demolished Natural History Museum in Ulaanbaatar.
However, he noted that the general contractor of the construction has not been selected yet despite the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports’ invitation to tender. He continues that the museum will open for public in July 2021.
“The total cost of the museum is MNT 53 billion, and 2020 state budget was approved with MNT 48 billion for the Chinggis Khaan Museum. Therefore, I believe the museum will be commissioned on schedule” said Mr. Batbayar.