PalaceMu­seum to build new off­shoot for more ex­hibits

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CHI­NADAILY

The Palace Mu­seum will build a new mu­seum in north­ern Bei­jing to show­case more items, as cur­rent ex­hibits dis­played each year ac­count for less than 1 per­cent of its col­lec­tion, said Shan Jix­i­ang, cu­ra­tor of the mu­seum.

Ac­cord­ing to Chi­nanews. Shan made the an­nounce­ment dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Smart Tourism Con­fer­ence in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince. He said that the Palace Mu­seum, which is a tourist des­ti­na­tion and a cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tion, can­not dis­play its abun­dant col­lec­tion in full.

Ma­jor mu­se­ums around the world usu­ally dis­play about 10 to 20 per­cent of their col­lec­tions, while thePalaceMu­seum is able to dis­play just 0.5 per­cent of its en­tire col­lec­tion over about 80 ex­hi­bi­tions each year.

The plan to build a new mu­se­umhas been ap­proved by the au­thor­i­ties and is al­ready un­der­way.

Shan said that the new mu­seum, which is 25 kilo­me­ters from the cur­rent site, is in a pic­turesque area near other tourist at­trac­tions, north of the Old Sum­mer Palace, and south of Badal­ing GreatWall and the Ming Tombs. The new mu­se­umwill cover an area of 12,500 square me­ters, he said.

The new site will show­case a large num­ber of ex­hibits with dif­fer­ent themes, and the public will be able to view the process of cul­tural relic restora­tion.

“The new mu­seum will be a green, low-car­bon de­vel­op­ment and an ex­am­ple of mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture built to best ac­com­mo­date col­lec­tions and vis­i­tors,” Shan said.

The Palace Mu­seum is one of the largest wooden ar­chi­tec­tural com­plexes in the world and re­ceives more vis­i­tors than any other mu­seum world­wide.

It is con­sid­ered by many to be one of the world’s top mu­se­ums, along­side the Lou­vre Mu­seum in France, theMetropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art in the United States, the Bri­tish Mu­seum in the United King­dom and the Win­ter Palace in Rus­sia.

Mu­seum in Bei­jing on Tues­day.

JIANG DONG / CHINA DAILY

Vis­i­tors ad­mire porce­lain items at an ex­hi­bi­tion in the Palace

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