The interior spaces of the Grão Vasco National Museum, in Viseu, will be rehabilitated over the next nine months, as part of an investment of more than 550,000 euros, the Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage (DGPC) announced today.
These works are part of the second phase of the rehabilitation of the Grão Vasco National Museum and are being carried out under the Recovery and Resilience Program (PRR).
According to the DGPC, this second phase, dedicated to rehabilitating the interior spaces, covers an “architectural and engineering component, which includes cleaning the stonework of the cloister, restoring all the public toilets, repairing the plasterwork, painting the ceilings and walls and maintaining the floors”.
Another component includes “updating equipment to improve the building’s performance by reviewing and correcting the electrical infrastructure (replacing light bulbs and adapting light fittings) and intervening in the communications infrastructure and integrated security systems, namely against fire, intrusion and video surveillance,” he added.
The DGPC has warned that there is a possibility that, during the works, the museum will have to “close partially and in stages”.
“The intervention is expected to last around nine months and will make a decisive contribution to the conservation and enhancement of a cultural space of great importance,” he said.
The rehabilitation contract for the Grão Vasco National Museum is fully funded by the PRR to the tune of 726,000 euros and is being carried out as part of the project for the Rehabilitation and Conservation of Museums, Monuments and Public Palaces, promoted by the DGPC with the aim of preserving and rehabilitating built cultural heritage.
The first part of the intervention took place at the end of 2022, costing 105,000 euros.
The work included “repairing and replacing the air conditioning equipment with more energy-efficient technology, as well as thermally correcting the roof by cooling the ceiling tiles”, the DGPC recalled.