Introduction

National Museum of Mongolia’s leading museum dedicated to the preserving the Mongolian history and traditional life, attracting more than fifty thousand visitors annually. As such we serve an educational and cultural role, providing public with opportunities to experience first-hand how Mongolians lived in historical times.

The NMM was established in 1924 and has remained dedicated to historical investigation and research as well as the collection, preservation and exhibition of artifacts related to Mongolian culture.  

Over the years, we have presented our findings and collection in the form of theme exhibits, reports and public lectures. Today we are focusing on our customers more than ever while adopting a more open and specialized approach to remain in step with the changing paradigm for museums in the 21st century. 

Introduction

The first museum in Mongolia, which was called the Central Museum of Mongolia was established in 1924 and became the basis for other museums, including present National Museum of Mongolia.

In the early 1920-s as stated in the first regulation of the newly established Mongolian Academic Institution began to collect different types of interesting objects to present to the public. For this deed, to collect historically, ethnographically, and intellectually important objects relating to the country past to share with future generations, dedicated great efforts Mongolian famous scholars O.Jamyan, first director of Mongolian Academic Institution, Ya. Tsevel and N.Dendev etc. Also foreign scholars such as P.K.Kozlov, V.I.Lisovskii, A.D.Simukov, and the American researcher R.C. Andrews contributed in the collection and display of the first museum in Mongolia.

The National Museum of Mongolia was established after the merger of historical, archeological and ethnographical departments of the State Central Museum and the Museum of the Revolution in 1991. It is now located in the facility built for the Museum of the Revolution, which was founded in 1971. National Museum of Mongolia is currently recognized as one of the leading museums in Mongolia. A significant responsibility for preserving Mongolian cultural heritage therefore lies with the Museum. National Museum of Mongolia is a cultural, scientific, and educational organization, which is responsible for the collection, care and interpretation of the objects.

The Museum is supported through admission fees and government funding from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. In the last ten years our museum has organized individual and joint exhibitions abroad in Germany, Japan, USA, Korea, Norway, Italy, India, Holland, France, and Taiwan. In 2002-2003 joint international exhibition “Modern Mongolia: Reclaiming Chinggis Khan” successfully organized in the United States with collaboration the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum of University of Pennsylvania. Our museum is currently implementing a 20-year archaeological project called “Mon- Sol” with National Museum of Korea. Manly frame of archeological project conducted research on Stone Age, Bronze Age and Hunnu archaeological sites in Mongolia. As result researchers of published research reports, organized several international symposium and exhibitions.

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