The National Archive Department and the Museums Department under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports are now in operations again with museums and exhibition galleries re-opened to the public. However, it is only open for five hours during the set days with limited entry. RTB took a closer look at the implementation of the first phase de-escalation for the National Archive Department and several museums.
The 1st phase of the de-escalation plan is implemented according to Ministry of Health conditions and guidelines including temperature checks, scanning the QR Code before entering and providing hand sanitizers for the visitors. At the National Archive Department, operations during office hours are at 30 percent capacity at a time. According to Awang Zul Hilmi bin Haji Mohd Zain, Acting Head Archive Officer, the department will only accept researchers who have made early reservations. Usually the Research Hall will accommodate 15 people but due to the limits imposed, it has been reduced to 7 people at a time. This is due to social distancing measures implemented.
The Malay Technology Museum in Kota Batu which showcases various local traditional technology is open to the public for three days in a week, which is Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 9 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon. Further information can be obtained from the museum website www.museums.gov.bn or the department’s official Facebook and instagram pages. According to Muhammad Khairun Hazim bin Haji Mat Sani, Ethnography Curator, Malay Technology Museum Manager, groups will be divided into three as the museum has three galleries. All visitors are welcome including minors and senior citizens.
The Brunei Darussalam Maritime Museum can also be visited three times a week with a limited time allowed. For the first phase, it is open for five hours. Dayang Aminah binti Haji Majid, Archaeology Curator, Brunei Darussalam Maritime Museum Manager, said the Kota Batu Archaeology Park Information Centre has a limit for the number of visitors at a time within one hour, which is 10 people but the guidelines for the gallery is still the same as galleries under the Museums Department.
The Belait District Museum is also open to the public. According to Mariani binti Haji Abu Bakar, Belait District Museum Manager, it is open three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 9 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon.
Source: Radio Television Brunei