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The Universidad del Rosario Museum serves as a source of information for the university’s memory and cultural heritage, both inside and outside the Cloister’s walls, and it strengthens and fosters the participation of its academic and student community. The museum helps to integrate culture and serves as a center to engage and foster the participatory interpretation of the university’s background. It also serves the role of a “pedagogical mediator” of dialogue that helps develop learning experiences. The Museum helps cultivate new ideas, it creates a space for dialogue and reflection, and disseminates research that illustrates academic experiences.

History of the Museum

The Universidad del Rosario Museum is a response to the need to keep the university’s memory and history alive. The legacy of its founder – Fray Cristóbal de Torres, whose figure is represented in the cloister and La Bordadita chapel, 365 years old to date – is part of a cultural heritage that merits preservation and maintenance. By renewing our founder’s message, this provides us with the opportunity to create ideas and hold debate, paving the way for participation and engagement.


Mission

The Universidad del Rosario Museum is a dynamic cultural project that coordinates, manages, acquires, conserves, researches and communicates tangible and intangible cultural heritage for study, educational and recreational purposes. It allows both the university community and the general public to learn about, value and reflect on historical, artistic, scientific and symbolic processes through museological and museographical strategies both in exhibition halls and in virtual and digital spheres.


Vision for 2020

Created in adherence to high curatorial standards, by 2020, the Universidad del Rosario Museum will be a symbol of preserving and managing heritage in coordination with teaching and the university’s extension programs. Known as a reference of development and culture, the museum is a leader in implementing virtual, digital and in-person strategies in order to galvanize cultural heritage and its collections. The museum is an example of good university museum practices, as it fosters processes of participation among both the university’s academic community and the general public in order to encourage participatory education and interpretation.


Today, according to the ICOM statutes adopted during the 22nd General Conference of Vienna (Austria) in 2007:



“A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.”

“Museums preserve memories and tell stories. They have in their collections numerous objects that are fundamental to the memory of the communities we live in. These objects are the expression of our natural and cultural heritage.”