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Jakarta Post

Museums prepare to take on 'new normal'

  • Josa Lukman


Jakarta   /   Wed, July 1 2020   /  01:00 am
Keep it safe: Staffs spray disinfectant in the National Museum building, Jakarta, on June 8. The spraying was carried out to prevent the spread of COVID-19 ahead of the reopening of the museum. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The “new normal” is inevitable and comes with a fresh set of changes for cultural institutions like museums, the daily operations of which usually cater to large groups of people.  In a webinar hosted by the Mitra Museum Jakarta Foundation,  Indonesian curator Annissa M. Gultom, who is director of museums at the Department of Antiquities and Museums of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, said the government had been slow in reopening parts of the nation, with tourism slated to return in September or October. “Until August, while the museums remain closed, this is a prime opportunity for us to learn. The ‘new normal’, which we don’t know what it will entail yet, will force us to radically change how we work and how we measure our effectiveness,” she said. For example, these changes can come in the shape of revamped ...