State Seeking Contractor for National Museum
A rendition of what the building, designed by three foreign architects, should look like when complete.
( Photo: Courtesy of State Real Estate )
A new public procurement was announced on Tuesday for the construction of the Estonian National Museum's planned building in Tartu.
Officials estimate the museum will cost 59 million euros including VAT to build, while another 15 million euros will be needed to furnish it and install exhibits.
The deadline for placing a bid is November 15 and officials plan to sign a contract next January. Construction is planned for 2013-2015, with the museum's opening set for the end of 2016, a press release from State Real Estate said.
Three additional tenders will be carried out for the museum's sprinkler system, floor heating and outdoor area.
The opening of the tender marks a move forward in long-delayed efforts to create a purpose-built modern facility for the 100-year-old Tartu institution.
Museum administrators had originally planned to have the building ready and open by autumn of 2011, but the process has been plagued by funding difficulties and political spats.
In March, the European Commission rejected an application for 32 million euros in EU funding for the building, saying that the project would be too expensive and that in its currently planned location just outside Tartu it would not attract enough visitors or collect enough revenue to justify the expense.
In turn, Minister of Culture Rein Lang pledged that the National Museum would be built regardless of whether the EU shoulders the project. Funds for the construction will come from the Cultural Endowment, State Real Estate and loans.