Help rebuild your Museum


Raised funds:
 1,503,497.05 USD

Funding goal: 3 million USD

 

The Beirut port explosion

The Beirut port blast of August 4th caused tremendous damage to the city, killing 200 people, injuring 7,000 others, and leaving 300,000 families homeless.

Situated a mere 800 meters from the explosion site, the Sursock Museum was severely impacted. The building’s windows – including the facade’s signature stained glass – were shattered. Most of the building’s structural elements turned into rubble. Parts of the drop ceilings collapsed; and all wooden and fire-proof metallic doors were dislodged and broken throughout the building. In addition, the Museum’s recently built constructional components, including the elevators and service car-lift that were added as part of the 2008-2015 expansion and renovation project, were destroyed. 57 artworks – out of a total of 130 exhibited works – sustained various degrees of damage. Most notably, Nicolas Sursock’s portrait – painted by Kees van Dongen in 1930, and considered to be one of the collection’s most valued artworks – was badly ripped.

Feel free to reach out if you would like to access the building's assessment damage reports and the artworks' condition reports.

Rebuilding the Museum: where we stand today

The reconstruction works needed to restore the Museum to its original state are estimated at 3 million USD.

With your help, we have raised a total o1,503,497.05 USD; of which 1,324,353.79 come from grants, institutions, and fundraisers; 139,143.26 USD from individual donations; and 40,000 USD from corporations. This is a great steppingstone to recovery, for which we are immensely grateful.

The International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH) has granted us 500,000 USD to fully weatherproof the building.

The French Ministry of Culture, with whom we have signed agreement, is supporting the restoration of the Museum’s colorful stained glass, as well as its historic first floor, including the Salon arabe. This support amounts to 500,000 Euros.

The Goethe-Institut gave us a grant of 10,000 USD to purchase rehousing and conservation material for our archive.

Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, has raised 98,231 USD for the benefit of the Museum on behalf of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage, among other entities.

We still have a long way to go, and we need your help. Every donation counts, no matter how small. Your support will go toward rebuilding the Museum, and making it accessible again for thousands of visitors every year.

You can make a donation below.

Read more about our supporters here.

All kinds of support are welcome

There are different ways to help the Sursock Museum. If you represent an organization or institution, and you would like to support the Museum, please send us an email.


 

Direct transfers

For larger donations, you may make a direct transfer to the Museum through the following accounts. We're very grateful for your support.

Accounts in France

If you would like to make a donation in EUR:
Bank name: Bank Audi France – 73, Avenue des Champs-Elysées 
Beneficiary name: Musée Nicolas Ibrahim Sursock
Account number: 07270540018
IBAN: FR76 1808 9000 0107 2705 4001 830
Swift code: AUDIFRPPXXX

If you would like to make a donation in USD:
Bank name: Bank Audi France – 73, Avenue des Champs-Elysées
Beneficiary name: Musée Nicolas Ibrahim Sursock
Account number: 07270540005
IBAN: FR76 1808 9000 0107 2705 4000 569
Swift code: AUDIFRPPXXX

Accounts in Lebanon

If you would like to make a donation in LBP (local transactions)
:
Bank name: Audi - Ashrafieh Main Branch
Beneficiary name: Musée Nicolas Sursock
Account number: 00085009-0023
IBAN: LB71005600000000000850090023
Swift code: AUDBLBBX

If you would like to make a donation in USD (local transactions):
Bank name: Audi - Ashrafieh Main Branch
Beneficiary name: Musée Nicolas Sursock
Account number: 00085009-0025
IBAN: LB17005600000000000850090025
Swift code: AUDBLBBX

If you would like to make a donation in USD (international transactions):
Bank name: Audi - Ashrafieh Main Branch
Beneficiary name: Musée Nicolas Sursock
Account number: 00085009-0041
IBAN: LB70005600000000000850090041
Swift code: AUDBLBBX

If you would like to make a donation in EUR (international transactions):
Bank name: Audi - Ashrafieh Main Branch
Beneficiary name: Musée Nicolas Sursock
Account number: 00085009-0042
IBAN: LB43005600000000000850090042
Swift code: AUDBLBBX

Donate online

You may make an online donation to the Museum by inputting the sum you wish to donate in the box below directly. Donations can be made in USD or LBP. No amount is too small. Your donation will go toward bringing the Museum back to its former state.

Please note that there is a limit of 5,000 USD / 7,500,000 LBP for online donations.

Once you complete your payment, please take a screenshot of the landing page with the receipt, or save it as a pdf for your records.

Please send an email to info@sursock.museum if:
– You would like us to send you a formal receipt.
– You want your donation to remain anonymous.

Thank you so much for supporting us.

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