More Volunteers in Museums
People’s Daily October 17
Since 2004, more than 3,000 people have registered as volunteers with the Palace Museum in Beijing. Like in many other large museums, they have become an important player in providing service for visitors in these public institutions.
Volunteers have injected vitality into the museums. Together, the two sides are helping to elevate the overall cultural level of China’s society.
Actually, in most cases, such volunteers provide more than explanations for visitors. Interaction with volunteers also helps visitors to feel the joy of learning cultural knowledge. In this sense, volunteers are a bridge between museums and the public, working to promote love and understanding of culture throughout the whole of society.
The number of museum volunteers continues to grow. However, it still can’t meet visitors’ growing demand for better experience while visiting museums. Exhibitions of exquisite artifacts often lack professional introductions. Public cultural institutions like museums should try to keep up with the public’s increasing interest. It’s a challenge and also an opportunity. The charm of culture, supported by progressive practices, is expected to attract more volunteers to help with museum work. Their participation is a boon to China’s cultural development and will help further spread the nation’s culture.