The Indies Commemoration Center has made its remarkable museum exhibit entitled, “The Story of the Netherlands East Indies” available online. The actual exhibit, which has been a huge success, is currently located at the Bronbeek Estate in Arnhem, Netherlands.
The exhibit tells of 350 years of colonial history in the Netherlands East Indies, highlighting the events during and after the Second World War. Navigation throughout the exhibit is done by using simple mouse clicks allowing the online visitor a real time experience. Also, by using specific icons, a visitor can see additional text, audio and video fragments. In the Guestbook (found in Hall 6), visitors can describe what they perceive as being “INDO” or they can share a memory, anecdote or a comment on the tour.
What makes this online version extraordinary is that it can be viewed either in the Dutch or English language. It is especially suitable for educational use and for visitors who are unable to come to the exhibition at the Bronbeek Estate in the Netherlands. With this online version, the Center is now able to share this cultural experience with the Indo community in Australia, Canada and the United States.
This digital tour is a way by which the Indies Commemoration Center brings the history of the Netherlands East Indies to the attention of a wider public. The Center also ensures this through its other means: the actual tour at the Bronbeek Estate “The Story of the Netherlands East Indies”, the web portal “Indië in Oorlog” and the comic strip “The Return”. Each in its own way depicts the story of the Indo community. They are the starting point from which the Indies Commemoration Center hopes to develop new educational products, preferably with other parties involved.
The experiences of the Indo community in the former Netherlands East Indies during and after the Second World War must never be forgotten.
In creating this online digital tour, the Indies Commemoration Center has used the application Museumtours. Museumtours enables anyone to visit a museum from their own home, by using a PC with Internet access to freely roam a presentation or exhibition.
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For further information on “The Story of the Netherlands East Indies” please contact Yvonne van Genugten, Director, Indisch Herinneringscentrum in Arnhem, NL. firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 011 31 26 363 91 03