Museums spruce up exhibits as they reopen under the new normal

WITH domestic tourism back in place, museums in Penang are primed and set to improve their premises to receive visitors once again.

At Kimberley Street, George Town, an interactive Upside Down Museum opened its doors to visitors yesterday after sanitisation and repainting works.

Its manager Jun Ooi, 30, said after announcements that they could reopen, its staff were called back to clean and sanitise the entire museum.

“We just reopened and expect the number of visitor to slowly pick up.

“During the movement control order period, we carried out some paint work to restore and beautify the exhibits.

“Now the exhibits look more polished, so we hope this would attract visitors here once again.

“In line with the standard operating procedure (SOP), there will be only 10 staff members working in the museum now, compared to over 20 previously.

“And our staff will ensure that visitors practise social distancing and follow proper hygiene measures, ” she said when met at the museum yesterday.

At Church Street, the Pinang Peranakan Mansion which is undergoing renovation works is expected to be open by early July.

Its museum director Lillian Tong said despite the ongoing recovery MCO, they were not rushing to open as they needed two weeks to spruce up the premises.

“We have work in place to rejuvenate the area again by repainting the whole building, bringing in new collections of Peranakan items and resetting the spaces within.

“All these are needed to improve the museum and its services to visitors when we reopen.

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