National Museum System

National Directorate of Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture
Key objectives of the measure:

The system was created in 2010 with the aim of building a national system, which will strengthen the institutional structure and foster the cooperation and optimization of the human and economic resources of museums in Uruguay. ( 

Challenges identified in the implementation of this measure:

 Special emphasis should be put on the forthcoming approval of the Act establishing a National Museum System - which has already been passed by the Senate - and its implementation lateron. 

Scope of the measure:
Local, Regional, National, International
Main feature of the measure:

Following an initiative of the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2011 the project was consolidated with the financial support of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation as part of the National Directorate of Culture and started work along the following lines:

  •  Census and assessment of museums in Uruguay,
  •  Training of museum staff, practical training in institutions abroad,
  •  Security of museums under MEC responsibility,
  •  Publications and development of the Uruguayan Museums Homepage (,
  •  Museums Act and creation of the National Museum System (bill under debate),
  •  Promotion of the creation and development of museum networks
Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:


Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Visual Arts