Museums across Taiwan offer free entry Saturday for International Museum Day

Special tours, screenings, forums, and workshops are organized by different museums for the weekend

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2019 International Museum Day (Image courtesy of International Council of Museums)

2019 International Museum Day (Image courtesy of International Council of Museums)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) —In celebration of the upcoming International Museum Day on Saturday (May 18), museums and cultural communities across Taiwan are organizing a variety of special events and many will provide free entry on Saturday or throughout the weekend.

Museums in Taipei, including the National Palace Museum (NPM), Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM), National Taiwan Museum, among many others will offer free entry this Saturday. Many museums have added with screenings, forums, and activities that echo the theme of this year’s International Museum Day, “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition.”

For museums in central Taiwan, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts will launch different exhibition tours and activities for free for different age groups, ranging from senior citizens to children.

NPM’s southern branch in Chiayi County is celebrating the event by offering free entry every weekend in May. Its opening hours on weekends this month have also been extended to 6:00 p.m.

In the south of Taiwan, the newly opened Tainan Art Museum will for the first time join the National Museum of Taiwan History in Tainan and the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts to celebrate International Museum Day with free entry and activities such as tabletop games and DIY workshops.

Initiated in 1977 by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), International Museum Day has driven museums and cultural institutes across the world to promote and celebrate arts and cultural affairs over the years through special activities, conferences, and even parties between their walls and beyond.

For more information about International Museum Day and events organized by other museums this Saturday, please refer to the Taiwan-based Chinese Association of Museums.