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Amid COVID-19 pandemic, public encouraged to visit museums virtually

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, March 17, 2020  /  03:44 pm
Amid COVID-19 pandemic, public encouraged to visit museums virtually

The Bhairawa statue stands on display at the National Museum in Central Jakarta. (JP/Narabeto Korohama)

Following the closure of several museums in order to avoid the spread of COVID-19, the Culture Directorate General of the Education and Culture Ministry has encouraged the public to visit the currently closed locations virtually instead.

"Since Oct. 27, 2016, Google has officially included some museums and cultural sites in Indonesia into its Google Arts & Culture platform," said the ministry's culture director general, Hilmar Farid, in a statement received by The Jakarta Post.

Museum enthusiasts can easily browse from the website or download the Google Arts & Culture app on their smartphone.

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According to Hilmar, users can virtually explore the Sangiran Museum of Ancient Man in Surakarta, Central Java; and the National Museum in Central Jakarta through the app, as well as enjoying 360-degree tours of Borobudur temple in Magelang, Central Java; and Yogyakarta's Prambanan temple and Ratu Boko temple.

Users can also explore museums that are not under the ministry's care on the app, such as the Jakarta Textile Museum, Jakarta Fine Arts and Ceramics Museum, the Batik Gallery of the Indonesian Batik Foundation (YBI), the National Monument, the Yogyakarta Biennale Foundation and Bali's Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA).

The platform also provides educational resources and tools that can be used by teachers and students, such as YouTube-integrated educational videos, activities and quizzes. (gis/kes)

Besides using Google Art and Culture app, the public also can access some museums through their official websites as listed below:

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