Great Italian museums gain autonomy


ITALY – The decree for the implementation of the second part of the reform of museum management initiated by Dario Franceschini, the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, on the superintendents, museums, and archaeological parks is complete. The text, which was presented last week at the High Council of Cultural Heritage and the unions, covers more museums and archaeological sites that will benefit from organizational and managerial autonomy.

This is the first time that foreign candidates were invited to apply, with the main requirement being business management savvy, rather than Italian. These museums will also have more autonomy, including the power to fundraise independently and invest the proceeds back into the institution.

Here is the list of museums of museums selected for this new reform:

– Monumental Pilotta Parma (which unifies in a single management the Palatine Library, the National Gallery and the National Archaeological Museum)

– Museum of Civilization in the EUR of Rome (which unifies in a single management the National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography, the National Museum of Arts and Crafts and the Museum of the Middle Ages)

– National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia (Rome)

– Roman National Museum; Historical Museum and the Park of Miramare Castle in Trieste

– Archaeological Park of Appia Antica (Rome)

– Archaeological Park of Campi Flegrei (Bagnoli, Baia and Bacoli)

– Herculaneum archaeological park

– Archaeological Park of Ostia Antica

– Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este