Jakarta, IO – The government will temporarily close the Indonesian National Museum (MNI) following the fire on September 16. The closure for renovation and restoration is said to last a year.
“We will close the museum temporarily, maybe even for a year, we will carry out (repairs) properly, then we will reopen it,” said Fitra Arda, Secretary of the Directorate General of Culture of the Ministry of Education and Culture, per CNN Indonesia, Wednesday (27/9).
However, Fitra clarified that various MNI services could still be used. One thing mentioned is through virtual services or using other museum units.
Fitra said his departmhat is still working with the police and experts to follow up on the impact of the fire incident.
He explained that the Education and Culture Ministry would also carry out various studies to restore the museum. Some of the steps taken are archaeological technical studies, museum security and security studies, and risk management, in addition to the handling of affected collections and the overall arrangement of the museum.
A section of MNI, popularly known as the Elephant Museum, caught fire recently, allegedly due to short circuit.
The fire quickly engulfed Building A, which houses the museum’s collection exhibition space. Hundreds of priceless collections were affected by the fire. (un)