Renovation of Ton Duc Thang Museum begins in HCM City

The renovation of the Ton Duc Thang Museum began in HCM City on Monday.

The museum, located on 6,021sq.m, will include a modern exhibition building of 2,000sq.m with a basement and four storeys.  

Renovation of Ton Duc Thang Museum begins in HCM City
Ton Duc Thang Museum attracted nearly 2 million visitors last year. Its rebuilding began in HCM City on October 12. The museum, located on an area of 6,021sq.m, will include five display areas that will feature images, documents and objects about the Communist Party of Vietnam, its establishment, role, leadership and developments. (Photo courtesy of the museum)

The building will have five display areas which will feature photos, documents and objects about the Communist Party of Vietnam and its establishment, role, leadership and development in different periods. 

The investment, VND275.7 billion (US$11million), came from the city’s budget.

According to the museum’s director Pham Thanh Nam, the museum’s artefacts and documents have been transferred for storage at the Ho Chi Minh Museum Branch.

Ton Duc Thang Museum is named after the late President Ton Duc Thang, founder of the first workers’ union in Vietnam in 1920. 

Thang was born in 1888 in An Giang Province’s Long Xuyen City. He joined the patriotic movement against the French colonialists at a young age.

He moved to France and participated in the workers’ movements there, as well as the uprising of the French Navy in the Black Sea in support of the October Revolution in Russia.

In the 1920s, he returned to Vietnam and led the workers’ movement in Sai Gon (now HCM City) with the Ba Son strike, the most prominent example of the movement’s activities. He joined and became a leader of the Vietnam Revolutionary Youth Union.

In 1929, the French colonialists arrested and sentenced him to 20 years in Con Dao Prison. One year later, he joined the

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Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library closing in Cape Coral

Charles Runnells
| Fort Myers News-Press

After 11 years, the Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library will close its doors Wednesday in Cape Coral.

“It’s just the end of the road,” said founder and CEO Ralph Santillo. “That’s it.”

The closure comes after a financial dispute with the museum’s former business partner, which owns the building and had wanted the museum to pay $5,000 a month in rent, which would go up to $8,000 next year. Until recently, the museum wasn’t required to pay rent at all.

The other option: Buy the building for $1.8 million — money the museum’s leaders say they don’t have.

Santillo and the museum’s board of directors tried raising the money earlier this year, but only received about $6,500 through a GoFundMe page and other donations.

“It was never enough to really make a dent,” Santillo said. “We had to really face reality that we’re throwing good money after bad that we don’t have.

“We had until June 2021 to raise $1.8 million. But we realized that, after 11 years, if we haven’t started to reach that, that’s not gonna happen.”

Read more: Cape Coral military museum could lose its home and the veterans services it runs there

Now Santillo and his board of directors are figuring out what’s next for the museum, including loaning out its military artifacts to other museums and restarting its popular museum bus with traveling exhibits.

“That would keep the museum in business, so to speak,” Santillo said.

Meanwhile, the Cape Coral Parkway building is in the process of being sold to a new owner, he says. The museum’s landlord recently bought out the museum’s lease in exchange for two months’ free rent and a $50,000 bonus once the place sells.

Santillo says he doesn’t know who’s buying the property.

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Fairbanks Museum gets solar panels, EV charging station, with more improvements coming

It seems written in the stars that Vermont’s planetarium would go solar.

a room filled with furniture and a fire place: Due to the closure of schools because of COVID-19, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium has ramped up online classes for students and can be toured virtually through

Due to the closure of schools because of COVID-19, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium has ramped up online classes for students and can be toured virtually through

The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury received a shipment of solar panels from Sun Common for a solar canopy to be erected in the parking lot.

The museum will also get an electric vehicle charging station. For Burlington museum goers, the trip from ECHO Leahy Center in downtown Burlington to the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is 76.1 miles, roughly an hour and a half drive.

In a social media post, the museum said the effort is “part of our ongoing commitment to lightening the Museum’s environmental footprint.”

Many museums have struggled during the closure due to the pandemic and have only recently begun to allow visitors back into their properties. As a result, some have put major projects on hold, but the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is an exception. 

An outdoor greenhouse learning space is in the works. It is designed to allow adequate air flow ventilation helpful in preventing the spread of airborne viruses like COVID-19. The space is expected to be heated so classes can continue to meet there after the weather turns colder. 

The museum is also planning its first major expansion in 125 years of the historic, Victorian property. The museum has raised more than $600,000 and is waiting to hear if it will be awarded a $2 million grant for the project.

The annex would be a 6,000 square feet, 3-story addition housing hands-on meteorology and astronomy exhibits. There would be ground level access, including an elevator allowing access to the balcony, which houses much of the center’s collection. This

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Museum renovation aims to create treasure trove

HARLINGEN — For decades, the two old buildings formed the Harlingen Historical Museum, standing along the courtyard of the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum.

Five years ago, city leaders envisioned reviving its exhibits to tell the story of a town that rose from the White Horse Desert.

Now, the money’s rolling out to help preserve parts of the city’s legacy.

The Rio Grande Valley Museum Association has raised $119,900 to complete the five-year renovation of two buildings that once housed the Harlingen Air Base’s police squadron and brig.

The project includes upgrading exhibits to tell the story of the city’s evolution from a rough-and-tumble railroad stop to an agricultural center, Joel Humphries, the city’s arts and entertainment director, said yesterday.

As part of the project, the city will recognize the residents whose donations will help turn a vision into a historical treasure trove.

“The idea is to completely revamp all the exhibits to make them more pertinent to people today — for young people to relate,” Humphries said. “Our goal is to tell our story of Harlingen and the surrounding area — to tell it in a more compelling way.”

Exhibits will showcase the city’s development from a railroad stop known as Six Shooter Junction to its role as home of the Harlingen Air Base, which closed in 1962.

“This will focus on the history of the area,” Humphries said. “As you’re guided through, you’ll see the area before it was developed, through the history of commercial agriculture to the influence of the military.”

Donors’ mural

The $300,000 project includes the creation of a mural that will honor the donors committed to preserving the city’s rich history.

The 8-foot by 20-foot mural will stand in front of the buildings featuring donors’ names engraved on acrylic plaques in the form of

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