$2.5 MILLION MUSEUM TO OPEN IN PALAU

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By Agnes M. Abrau

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, Sept. 29) – Two big containers of furniture and other fixtures have arrived at Belau National Museum.

The furniture, which came from the Philippines, will be placed in the main interiors of the new museum which will showcase artifacts and other displays for public viewing starting on Oct. 3.

The US$2.5 million, two-story building was funded by a grant from Taiwan.

The newly arrived furniture includes display cases for the museum, its gift shop and café, offices, library and storage room.

On Sept. 30, at 6 p.m., the new museum will open its first major exhibit titled "A Cherechar a Lokelii — Palau Through the Years."

The exhibit will highlight the origins of Palau, from the pre-contact years to the island republic that it has become today.

"We’re asking the people to support their museum by paying a minimal admission fee," museum director Faustina Rehuher-Marugg said.

The museum director added that the admission fee will be used for maintenance purposes.

Museum staffers are working hard to prepare for the exhibit, Rehuher-Marugg said.

Volunteers and representatives from Germany, Spain and the Embassy of Japan here in Palau as well as Japanese volunteers are assisting the museum staff in preparing for the exhibit.

September 29, 2005

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