Hagåtña, Guam – The Office of the Governor, in partnership with the Department of CHamoru Affairs (DCA), is proud to announce that renovations are coming soon to the Senator Antonio M. Palomo Guam Museum and CHamoru Cultural Facility. The Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration worked closely with the Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA) to secure the appropriate funding for infrastructure repairs to sustain DCA facilities. Bids for the project opened on Friday, September 2, 2022 and packets are available at the Department of Public Works.
“Our Administration stands committed to preserving the more than 4,000 years of CHamoru culture, history, tradition, and heritage housed in the Guam Museum,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “As the historic storehouse of our indigenous identity, the museum itself reflects the storied resilience of our people, which continues to inspire our strengthening recovery today.”
“With tangible investments secured through collaborative funding support, we ensure our museum is maintained at the highest standards and improved for years to come,” said Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio. “As our premier venue for community education and enrichment, we will continue to protect its value and the perpetuation of i hinanao-ta nu i manaotao tåno i CHamoru siha. Our administration remains committed to cultural preservation and community education and is pleased to uphold that commitment in one of our most iconic government buildings.”
Though the Senator Antonio M. Palomo Guam Museum is a relatively new facility, a number of urgent repairs are needed to maintain the integrity of the building and ensure the longevity of its operations. Most recently, the Museum experienced water leaks in the upper atrium archway due to heat degradation. The funding from GEDA, a combination of HOT Bond and Qualifying Certificate (QC) funds – in addition to funding from DCA’s General Fund Appropriation – represents $300,000 worth of investments into the Museum infrastructure. These funds will be used to reseal the roof and skylights of the atrium and pressure wash and paint the facility’s exterior. It will also be used to build an outdoor awning to help mitigate water runoff and leakage from inclement weather.