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Museums celebrate special day

GLOBAL EVENT:Museums around the nation are undertaking a number of initiatives in collaboration with the government to mark ‘International Museum Day’ on Sunday

By Jason Pan  /  Staff writer

The public can participate in activities and special events on Sunday at the nation’s 115 museums, as curators invite people to make a visit on “International Museum Day.”

Admission to the National Museum of Taiwan History in Greater Tainan will be free on Sunday, with an “Open Up the Treasure Chest” treasure hunt for children, through which they will get to know aspects of the museum’s permanent displays and special exhibitions.

At 2:30pm, the museum is hosting a concert in the plaza in front of the museum building. There is also a seminar at 3pm focused on Taiwanese-French academic exchanges between curators and researchers, and learning from the French experience of preservation of historic artifacts and cultural memories.

Museum officials are also inviting the public to take in its current special exhibition “Baseball in Taiwan — Comeback Victory” and “Connecting People with Heaven: the Plague Expulsion Festivals and Belief in the Royal Lords (Wangye) in Taiwan.”

Other museums around the nation are also undertaking a number of initiatives in collaboration with Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education. Some museums will open their doors for free on Sunday, while others have a discount on regular ticket prices.

The National Taiwan Museum in Taipei is organizing a “2014 History Comes Alive Festival” starting on Saturday at its branch in Nanmen Park (南門園區).

More than 20 exhibition and activity booths are to be located in the grounds, with the displays centered on the theme of “Taking a Tour of Old Taipei.”

Museum officials said the event starts at 10am on Saturday and that there will be various cultural and musical performances throughout the day.

At the main National Taiwan Museum building in Taipei’s 228 Peace Memorial Park, several special exhibitions are being hosted.

The public can get an in-depth look at a rare mineral found in the nation’s eastern mountain region in the exhibit on “A Unique New Breed of Gems: Taiwan Black Jade,” along with an exhibition entitled “The Magic of Plants.”

Two other on-going special events are “The Exhibition of Islamic Life and Culture,” which runs until June 22, and “The Brave Fighter — Formosan Clouded Leopard,” which ends its run on Sunday.

“Most of the museums this weekend will aim to get people to recall the collective cultural and historic memories of the past decades,” Ministry of Culture official Chen Kuang-fu (陳冠甫) said.

Chen said this is the 36th year the worldwide community is celebrating International Museum Day.

It is a movement backed by the International Council of Museums and the theme this year is “Museum collections make connections.”

“Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples,” International Council of Museums president Hans-Martin Hinz said.

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