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Museums should not end up as 'vanity projects'

(People's Daily Online)

08:23, December 05, 2012


The number of registered museums in China has increased to about 3,600 by the end of 2011 and is still growing by about 100 every year. Although it's a prominent increase compared with those in the past, it is not massive to China with a population of 1.3 billion. On average, every 400,000 people have one museum in China, but the figure is 50,000 in developed countries.

However, among these 3000 museums, quite a number are deserted and even difficult to survive. Many places are busy in museum constructions but negligent in devoting human and material resources to their maintenance.

This phenomenon is inevitably correlated with the fact that some places do not regard museums as public welfare buildings that provide people with cultural, educational, learning and entertaining services; but rather as furnishings for political achievements. Such museums, with glossy appearance but no essence, only make visitors feel dull and increase the financial burden of the local government.

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