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Good things are happening at
the National Museum

Exciting exhibitions planned to draw visitors

Story by Suryani Dalip
Pictures by Choo Choy May


Datuk Dr Kamarul Bahrin Buyong - Director GeneralTHINGS are happening at the National Museum in Kuala Lumpur. And if recent activities held there are anything to go by, the museum will be getting more visitors. Making sure that all this happens is Department of Museum and Antiquities director-general Datuk Dr Kamarul Baharin Buyong.

Already the on-going exhibition on birds appears to be popular. Next will be an exhibion the dragon, taking into consideration historical and ethnological perspectives. Hopefully, Malaysians' interest in this will be piqued. These are among some of the activities the department has lined up in its effort to attract more visitors to the National Museum, located in Jalan Damamara.

Kamarul Baharin said such activities can draw visitors to the museum. The average number of visitors daily to the museum daily is 1,000, while on weekends, it is between 2,000 and 3,000. Up to 5,000 visitors visit the museum during the school holidays," he added. "Although the number of people visiting the museum is very encouraging, efforts have to be made to make them return," he said. He added that the department had also upgraded its existing permanent galleries.

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"We want the public to be aware of the importance of the museum to the community," he said. "This month, the department celebrated the Intematfonal Museum Day from May 16 to 21 in Malacca," he added. "The theme for this year is 'Museums for Peace and Harmony in Society' and it was chosen to reflect the United Nation's decision to proclaim the year 2000 as the International Year for Culture of Peace." He added that this Saturday an art competition - with the theme on birds - will be held from 10am to noon. The contest is open to primary pupils. For enqumes, call Janet Tee Siew Mooi at 03-282 6255.

Reprinted from the New Straits Times,
Wednesday May 24, 2000

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