It was a double celebration at the Etpison Museum yesterday, September 30, as the institution celebrated its 20th year of establishment while the Kingdom of the Netherlands also officially announced the opening of its consulate office in Palau.
Mrs. Mandy Thijssen Etpison, who was the former Honorary Consul of France to Palau, was officially announced as the Dutch’s Honorary Consul to Palau yesterday in a cocktail reception attended by different local and foreign dignitaries.
Honorary Consul Etpison said that this is the first time that the Netherlands opens a consulate office here in the country.
Mrs. Etpison, who is also the designer and curator of the Etpison Museum, shared some of the improvements they made in the museum which include the addition of some interactive murals for visitors who like to take selfies, a bird wall showing Palau’s endemic birds for educational tours, and displays on canoes fishing in Yap and Palau.
“It’s a never-ending project so we try to make improvements every year,” the Dutch honorary consul said, also unveiling plans to conduct summer workshops for kids to teach them about arts and history of Palau.
The Dutch honorary consul also encourages the use of their available space for non-profit activities.(By Rhealyn C. Pojas)