Wang Xudong, director of the Palace Museum, says it’s a duty for museums to provide a platfo
rm for scholars to exchange their academic findings, for artists from different cultural back
grounds to show their work and boost mutual respect, and for children to pass traditions into the future.
The latest figures from the National Cultural Heritage Administration show China had 5,354 mu
seums by the end of 2018, and museums across the country held some 26,000 exhibitions in 2018 and
received 1.126 billion people, an increase of 30 percent and 16 percent, respectively.
The International Council of Museums organized the annual Inte
rnational Museum Day in 1977 to address the changing roles of museums.
Museums across the world are reinventing their roles to become more interact
ive, audience focused and active in delivering creativity and knowledge to their communities.