In remarks at the 227th Anniversary of the founding of the National Museum in Jakarta on May, 2, 2005, Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, bemoaned the lack of public interest in the Nation's museums.
Citing museums as the repositories of the Nation's history and cultural roots, Minister Wacik compared the relatively poor attendance at Indonesiaís museums with the interest shown in museums abroad where people are prepared to line-up and pay substantial admission prices to view collections.
Calling on the public to cherish Indonesia's museums as a source of inspiration for the Nation's unity, the Minister said it was time for more attention to be paid to the operation of museums. Minister Wacik said the Government's desire to promote the Country's museum was demonstrated by President Yudhoyono's decision to include a visit to Bali Archaeological Museum on a recent visit to the Island.
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