"I am thankful to the Jakarta provincial government for its serious efforts to manage museums professionally so they can attract foreign and domestic tourists. The success sets an example for other provinces," he said during the peak commemoration of Museum Day 2019 in Jakarta Saturday. The government is serious about caring and maintaining museums because they are symbols of civilization, he said.
The government has set aside Rp129 billion in a special allocation fund (DAK) to care for museums. Besides, it also has formed Rp1 trillion worth of cultural endowment funds, he said.
As a symbol of civilization, museums must be maintained. If a nation aims to become an advanced country it must have well-maintained and advanced museums, he said.
The public must also frequent these museums because they keep historical messages that all sides, particularly younger generations, need to know.
"The messages of civilization found in the museums must be introduced and socialized to younger generations or our students so they will be proud of (achievements) and will become more aware of themselves," he said.
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