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Houses of history need updating

  • Trisha Sertori

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 24 2009   /  10:12 am

Learning from the past: Three girls get a glimpse of the crafts made by their ancestors. Indonesians visit museums just twice in their lives — once as schoolchildren and then again as grandparents. That is according to a survey of Indonesian museum attendance rates, says West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) museum director Joko Prayitno. “We don’t see museums as places to learn, to research or of interest. The majority of museum visitors are school students. Museum directors across the country are looking at ways to change this,” says Joko of the cultural and historical storehouses that represent almost every ethnic and cultural group in Indonesian provinces from Aceh to Papua. Indonesia’s museum directors met together recently in Sumatra to discuss methods of increasing museum attendance. During the meeting, the directors agreed that they needed to reinvent how the...