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Regional Museum of Nayarit Reopens with Handicap Accessible Options

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November 29, 2012

The Institute announced that the venue now includes a new Hall and the re-creation of two shaft tombs. (Photo: Cortesia)

With different archaeological pieces and a new discourse which integrates the latest findings about the cultures of the West, the Regional Museum of Nayarit (NRM) was reopened to the public by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

The Institute announced that the site now includes a new Hall and the re-creation of two shaft tombs, features of prehistoric peoples who settled in the region.

INAH had announced the implementation of a project of infrastructure and restructuring of the museum, housed in a building from the 18th century, after almost 20 years since the last update.

The improvements are being made in order to renew the contents of the museum and making it handicap accessible with ramps and elevator.

The reopening of the museum ceremony was headed by Othón Yaroslav Quiroga García, delegate of the INAH in the entity; Miguel Angel Delgado Ruiz, director of the NRM; Yesenia Catalina Ruiz, State Secretary of Culture; and Juan López Salazar, rector of the Autonomous University of Nayarit.

"With a little more than five million pesos investment, the Institute has updated this Archaeological Museum, which has one of the largest collections of its kind in the Western region (States of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Zacatecas) with more than five thousand pieces that give a picture of the pre-Hispanic development in Nayarit that goes from the year 2200 b.c. to 1530 a.d., that defines us and identifies us as Nayaritas and Mexicans," said Othón Yaroslav Quiroga.

The delegate of the INAH in Nayarit mentioned that he has achieved through these labors, in charge of the national coordinations of works and projects, museums and exhibitions of the INAH, in enriching the museum with the new Hall, composed of material from the El Cajon Archaeological Project, with which the museography complements and adds six thematic modules.

The Regional Museum of Nayarit (NRM) occupies a building built in the first half of the 18th century, which belonged to the landowner, Felipe Liñán de la Cueva; in 1969 it was determined that NRM would bear testimony of the archaeological grandeur of the entity through various pieces.

According to the architect Jorge Escobedo of the Centro INAH-Nayarit, the comprehensive restructuring of the property, which included adjustments for access to persons with disabilities, also combated problems of excess moisture, electrical work, replacing doors, window frames and wooden handrails that were damaged by termite infestation.

In addition, works were carried out to repair and repaint the interiors of the rooms and the façade.

"By the end of the current year, we will begin the work of construction of an elevator, with which we will complement the accessibility program that will allow us to get closer to audiences with different and specific needs," concluded Miguel Angel Delgado, director of the NRM.

Translated and edited by Team Angels

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