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Seychelles National History Museum returns to original home in Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles

Seychelles National History Museum returns to original home in Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles (Forimmediaterelease.net) The Seychelles National History Museum, which is presently based in the National Cultural Centre of Seychelles, will be shifted to its original home on State House Avenue very soon in a historical building set to give more credit to the island's main museum.

For the past few years, the historical building had been hosting the Seychelles Court of Appeal.

Seychelles saw the move since Monday, June 10, 2013, of the Seychelles Court of Appeal and of the island's Supreme Court to the newly-built “Palais de Justice” on Ile du Port. This move has paved the way for the Ministry of Tourism and Culture to be handed back the building that once housed the Seychelles National History Museum.

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, has confirmed this move to the press and said that the historical building, which is also listed as a National Monument, will now be renovated, but assured that it will retain its original features.

“Today we have a building that we can use to put into value our historical artifacts. Before we move into the former court of appeal building, we will implement minor renovation works,” said Minister St.Ange. The Minister also said that the Department of Culture is planning a new building at the back of this former Court of Appeal building to give enough space for the staff of the National History Museum and the artifacts on display.

In 1995, the National History Museum moved out of the Carnegie Building, which at the time was hosting both the National History and the Natural History Museums, and moved into the former National Library on State House Avenue in Victoria. That same year saw the National Library move into its new home at the National Cultural Centre on Francis Rachel Street.

However, on June 15, 2004, the National History Museum was shifted to the National Cultural Centre and given the National Gallery space. Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, has now confirmed that the former Court of Appeal Building, which is one of the Seychelles oldest buildings, and which was the former Governor’s office and Council Chamber built in 1903, will now once again house the National History Museum.

Minister Alain St.Ange said that the present area housing the National History Museum at National Cultural Centre will go back to the artists for revolving exhibitions and for a permanent exhibition of the country's National Arts Collection.

“The area where the National History Museum sits today at the National Cultural Center will go back to the artists as a gallery for revolving exhibitions. The Ministry had also earmarked a section within the gallery for a permanent exhibition of the exhibits of the National Arts collection. Today, the artists are happy that they are being given a permanent place to display their artworks. The gallery will fall within National Arts Council administration. In the pipeline the Ministry is also looking at the possibility of compiling a book on Seychelles National Arts Collection, which the public will be able to buy for their personal collections,” said Minister Alain St.Ange

The relocation of National History Museum is planned in the coming five or six weeks.

PHOTO: Alain St.Ange, Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, interviewed by local press on the relocation of the National History Museum / Photo from Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture

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