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Museums to 'open up' on International Museum Day

2012/05/17 20:00:58

Taipei, May 17 (CNA) Local museums are celebrating International Museum Day on Friday by not only opening their doors for free, but also by holding events to bring themselves closer to the public.

As the main theme of this year's global event is“Museum in a changing world. New Challenges, new inspirations,”the National Palace Museum is exploring ways to use technologies to reach out to visitors from all walks of life, Chang Pei-yi, an official from the museum, said Thursday.

This year, for example, the museum has cooperated with parenting social networking site BabyHome to launch a dress up event, Chang said.

From May 18-June 30, parents can upload photos of their children dressed as or decorated with the museum’s national treasures onto a website and winners will receive special gifts from the museum, she said.

Chang said parents can hopefully become more familiar with the museum’s treasures, artifacts and online resources by participating in the event.

"We hope to reach out to different groups, especially parents and young children,”she said.

The National Palace Museum will also organize free multimedia tours for disadvantaged elementary school students May 18 and send staff to a nursery school to teach children about its artifacts May 27.

Lectures discussing museum technology and how museums bring about spiritual growth will also be held May 18-19.

The Taipei Fine Arts Museum will also participate in International Museum Day by kicking off an exhibition called“Open Museum.”

“We hope to open ourselves and invite the public to get to know us,”said Yang Sung-wen, an official from the museum.

She said the exhibition will include six sculptures either shaped as a number or covered in a set of numbers or a single number.

The numbers tell the visitors something about the museum, for example, its total area, the number of people that have visited it so far, or the number of volunteers working at the museum every day.

The sculptures will be exhibited in the museum's lobby from May 18-27.

It is hoped that the sculptures, which the visitors can walk around or rest on, can help visitors gain a better understanding of the museum and pull the two closer together, the museum official said.

International Museum Day is held annually to promote the benefits and value of museums.

(By Christie Chen)