The Jakarta Post
The museum's building was once the home of Hoofdt Administrateur Banka Tin Winning, the head administration office for a tin mining company owned by the Dutch. (Shutterstock/Sony Herdiana)
The Indonesian Tin Museum in Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung Islands, is set to have a gallery of products from micro, small and medium enterprises to help small businesses sell their goods to tourists.
“This gallery will begin operating soon and allow visitors to buy unique merchandise from the region,” said the head of the museum, Muhammad Taufik, in Pangkalpinang on Monday as quoted by Antara.
Taufik said the gallery would showcase signature food and crafts in Bangka Belitung, which is part of state-owned tin mining company PT Timah's program to empower local businesses. Hence museum visitors will not only enjoy the display of tin mining history in the museum but also local products.
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“The gallery will be managed and filled by business partners under the supervision of Timah. This is a manifestation of empowerment [that we do] for small businesses in this area,” he said.
The Indonesian Tin Museum is a museum showcasing lead mining technology managed by Timah. The museum was established in 1958 to record the history of lead mining on the islands.
The museum's building was once home of Hoofdt Administrateur Banka Tin Winning, the head administration office for a tin mining company owned by the Dutch.
Bangka Island was famous for its tin mining during the Dutch colonial era. After Indonesia declared independence, the new government took over the company. (gis/kes)