Night Museums Make People’s Cultural Life More Splendid | Kathmandu Grandstand

By Chen Yuanyuan, People’s Daily

Have you ever visited a museum at night?

The Zhejiang Natural History Museum in China brought this brand new experience to its visitors during the summer holidays this year, operating 24 hours a day on weekends.

More than 300 specimens of animals, plants, and minerals from Zhejiang province were on display in the museum, and there was also a Metaverse Hall that displayed a wide range of collections. It was a great place for citizens to spend their time after dinner.

Besides the Zhejiang Museum, many museums across China have extended their opening hours until late at night. Extended opening hours reflect people’s growing demand for culture and their yearning for a better life.

For 9-5 year olds, the night is a great time to relax and learn after a long, tiring day at work. Museums open at night have created a great opportunity for them to get closer to cultural life.

The Yangtze River Crossing Campaign Museum in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, was open on the night of every Friday and Saturday between July 8 and August 31 this year. It was visited by many citizens strolling after dinner.

The number of visitors to the museum more than doubled on the first day that opening hours were extended. The popularity indicated people’s yearning for more flexible museum opening hours.

Museum upgrade services reflected their efforts to expand the offering of high-quality cultural resources. The night operation brought different experiences to visitors, as the blinds presented unique views. It is very attractive to the public and has enormous potential.

However, night operation cannot be generalized overnight. A few extended hours of operation not only require additional manpower, but also well-coordinated efforts to ensure heritage security, planning and event management. In other words, a museum’s ability to organize high-quality exhibitions and activities determines its appeal to the public and tests the ability of its operators.

In recent years, nightlife culture is thriving across China, further enhancing the cultural appeal of cities. For example, Beijing has extended the opening hours of theaters, libraries and bookstores, and Shanghai offers various courses to its citizens in evening schools. It reflects the responsibility of cities in improving public cultural services and making people’s lives even better.

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