Government of Italy and UNESCO support the rehabilitation of the Sursock Museum

Our doors have been closed to the public since the port explosion of August 4th. The rehabilitation work is in progress.

Recently, the government of Italy and UNESCO signed a funding agreement in support of the rehabilitation and reopening of the Sursock Museum, through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and under UNESCO’s initiative Li Beirut. The Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marina Sereni, and the Director of UNESCO’s regional office in Beirut, Costanza Farina, signed the Memorandum of Understanding at the the Sursock Museum, in the presence of the Chairman of the Museum’s Board, Dr. Tarek Mitri.
This grant, which amounts to 965,000 USD, is a significant contribution towards the Museum’s reconstruction and its full reopening.

Thanks to the support of the Italian government and UNESCO, and that of numerous other institutions and organizations – including ALIPH and the French Ministry of Culture – we have now secured 2,376,751 USD out of a total of the estimated 3 million USD needed to complete the reconstruction of the Museum.

This is a crucial fundraising milestone that should be acknowledged and celebrated. But our work doesn’t stop here.

We need your support now more than ever. We still need to raise over half a million dollars to reach our fundraising goal. Please consider making a donation, no matter how small. Your support brings us closer to reopening the Museum to the public.

We extend our gratitude to all those who supported us so far, whether they are institutions, organizations, corporate donors, in-kind donors, or artist donors. We couldn’t have made it this far without them. Read more about our supporters here.

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