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Shanghai Science & Technology Museum tops with 4m visitors

SHANGHAI Science & Technology Museum was the most popular museum in 2017, followed by Shanghai Natural History Museum and Shanghai Museum.

Nearly 4 million people visited the Science and Technology Museum last year, and 2.3 million made the trip to the natural history museum, the Shanghai Administration of Culture, Radio, Film & TV said yesterday.

Shanghai Museum attracted 2.1 million art enthusiasts last year, largely due to the three-month exhibition by the British Museum that alone attracted nearly 400,000 visitors, the administration said.

“I take my daughter to various museums every weekend to broaden her horizon. And I have also learnt a lot from these trips,” said Xu Jiahua, who works for a local pharmaceutical company.

The city has 126 museums and memorial halls, including 45 state-owned museums.

“Currently, 190,000 locals can share one museum, a 50 percent higher proportion to the nation’s average,” said Yu Xiufen, director of the bureau. More museums will be built to increase the proportion to one museum for every 160,000 inhabitants within three years, she said.

More than 100 museums will be free to the public this weekend to celebrate the International Museum Day tomorrow. But the Science & Technology Museum, Shanghai Film Museum, Shanghai Guanfu Museum and Natural History Museum are offering discounted tickets.

Several museum clusters have been planned along the Huangpu River, Suzhou Creek, the North-South Elevated Road and Yangshupu Road in Yangpu District, Yu said. A number of museums and art galleries, including the Long Museum and Yuz Museum have sprung up at the Huangpu River waterfront in Xuhui District, known as the West Bund.

Sites and venues involving the history of Communist Party of China and the establishment of the nation are among those that are popular, Yu added.

The number of visitors to the site of the CPC’s first National Congress were double than in 2016. With an exhibition space of 450 square meters and featuring 148 historic exhibits, it welcomed about 830,000 visitors last year, the administration said. It ranked fifth in terms of popularity after Jiading Museum, a historical site that was established in 1959.

China Art Museum received 1.23 million visitors for its 180 exhibitions and 760 public art activities from 2012 to 2017. Among the highlights were artworks on loan from Musee d’Orsay in Paris, paintings by Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck from the Liechtenstein royal family, and an exhibition of works by Colombian figurative artist and sculptor Fernando Botero.

“I was especially impressed by the museum’s free classes on the Suzhou-style Taohuawu woodblock printing last month,” said Lauren Liu, a 40-year-old editor. “I even got to make my own New Year’s painting!”

Since 2012, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum has been inviting world-renowned poets to its “Poems Come to the Museum” project. Among those invited by the museum include the award-winning Syrian-Lebanese poet Adonis and Japan’s Shuntaro Tanikawa.


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