Indonesia plans maritime museum for sunken treasures

In what seems to be a reaction to last week’s failed auction of the Cirebon shipwreck, Indonesia has announced plans to build a Maritime Museum to house and showcase artefacts that are retrieved from sunken wrecks in the future.

Indonesia To Build Maritime Museum
Bernama, 10 May 2010

The Indonesian government is planning to build a maritime museum in Jakarta in a bid to save the treasure, artifacts and valuable goods retrieved from the old sunken ships in Indonesia’s waters, a minister said Monday.

“We have planned to build a museum, in particular, to store the valuable goods retrieved from many of ships sunk hundreds of years ago in our waters,” Indonesian Maritime and Fisheries Minister Fadel Muhammad was quoted by the Antara news agency as saying after opening an oceanography conference in Bali.

The minister said that the Indonesian government would contact officials in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) regarding the plan.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

One thought on “Indonesia plans maritime museum for sunken treasures”

  1. This has been a heartbreaking event, but the one positive has been seeing how well people are coming together, helping each other, and offering consideration that they normally wouldn’t.

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