Kenyan museums reopen after 7-month closure due to COVID-19, reactivating archaeological projects

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National museums across Kenya reopened on Sept. 13 after 7-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reactivating the country’s preparation for an underwater museum and other archaeological works.
Due to lack of ticket revenue after Kenya closed all national museums, many repairs and maintenance work were forced to suspend.
After the reopening of museums, the tourism industry is set to continue its upward trajectory as it seeks to recover from the impact of COVID-19.
Returning tourists are expected to ease the financial crisis of the National Museums of Kenya and bring many archaeological works back on track.
“One of the research area which was affected was the underwater heritage. We are proposing to build an underwater museum within the coast of Kenya,” said Purity Kiura, director of the Antiquities, Sites and Monuments Department of the the National Museums of Kenya.
“There was serious impact whereby the research had to stop. Then it becomes easy now to come to the field, meet the fishermen and discuss, carry out field works, do archeological surveys,” said Caesar Bita, underwater archaeologist with the National Museums of Kenya.
To guarantee the safety of tourists and staff, besides regular body temperature checks and disinfections, reopened museums set up many placards to remind people to keep social distancing.
The national museums have also launched an online exhibition project so that people can have a feast of arts at home.

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