More Vol­un­teers in Mu­se­ums

Peo­ple’s Daily Oc­to­ber 17

Beijing Review - - This Week People & Points -

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.

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