Museums are wonderful places where the past meets the present. They are strongrooms of artistic masterpieces, the heritage of numerous generations and cultures, and are ideal places for children to get a better understanding of different times and places.
A total of 99 out of 179 museums in Beijing will be open for free on May 18, International Museum Day, with exhibitions, lectures, and related cultural activities taking place in museums around the city, Beijing Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage announced on May 8.
International Museum Day has been celebrated by the worldwide museum community for 34 years, as a special holiday dedicated to honor museums and their workers, as well as to promote to the public the heritage of art and culture preserved by museums.
Among those 99 museums, there are 17 museums which usually charge visitors, including the Geological Museum of China, the Beijing Planetarium, and the Zhoukoudian Site Museum.
Highlighted exhibitions open during that day include the Ge Ware Exhibition offered by the Palace Museum, the Dai Ze Artwork Exhibition at the National Museum, and the Capital Museum’s Tongzhou Historic Cultural Exhibition.
Additionally, websites displaying e-version of the exhibitions will be accessible to the public via smartphones or computers at any place with a network connection.
Photo: Palace Museum