The Latvian Ministry of Health has issued instructions on the reorganisation of the Pauls Stradiņš Museum of the History of Medicine, splitting off its branch, the Jēkabs Prīmanis Museum of Anatomy and transferring ownership of the museum to the Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU). The Prīmanis museum has always been in the building at Kronvalda Boulevard 9 in Rīga, where the RSU Institute of Anatomy and Anthropology is also located. After the transfer, the two institutions will be merged to establish the RSU Museum, with the same infrastructure and personnel. The university plans to invest in the renovation of an appropriate museum building in the complex of anatomy buildings at the aforementioned address. This will make it possible to engage in educational and research work, as well as to organise professional orientation events for young people, the ministry says. The hope is that the collections of the two museums will be utilised more actively, that there will be closer links between the museum and its target audiences, and that it will be possible to improve the museum’s infrastructure.
The Prīmanis museum has been closed since February 1 and is to be transferred to the RSU on June 1. Visitors will be welcome to visit the new venue and enjoy its higher level of quality sometime toward the end of 2017.