Museum Mission

In general, a museum’s policy consists not only in preserving heritage, but also in trying to enrich and spread it within the framework of a cultural policy that is fair and adapted to the needs and demands. Thus, the museal institution’s major mission has always been to preserve collections subject to public interest within a public service, or at least public utility, mission. The main objective is to ensure accessibility for the larger public and the equal access of everybody to education and culture. As A. Malraux put it in his The Imaginary Museum (Le Musée Imaginaire), "the role of museums in our relationship with the works of art is so important that we hardly think that it does not exist; that it has never existed."

Thus, the objective of the redevelopment project of the Bardo Museum, a national museum which is the first in the country to exist for more than a century, is to make of it a major pole for a high quality cultural development. With the expansion of its premises, the redeployment of its collections, their suitable, attractive, and didactic exposure the visitor will be able to better appreciate, understand, and finally appropriate the exposed pieces of art to himself regardless of his intellectual level or age.

The expected role of the educational services and workshops within the programme of the new Bardo Museum will be decisive. It will lead to:

  • A direct rapport with works (shows, permanent and temporary exhibitions)
  • An analytic approach to works (conferences, political debates, meetings with the scientific and technical staff)
  • An effective practice through workshops and seminars.