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Museums are throwing off the shackles of convention and time to pull in the crowds
What does it take to extinguish the fire of curiosity? A few drops of rain, a few gusts of wind or a full-blown typhoon?上海千花坊
Officials of the Shanghai Museum got an answer to those qu
estions when it threw its doors open to the public on the evening of Aug 9.
上海千花坊女神会所Typhoon Lekima, packing winds of 185 km/h, was just a few hours
from making landfall in neighboring Zhejiang province, so many people in Shanghai av
erse to bad weather may well have thought th上海千花坊at this would be a night to stay home.
In the event, more than 700 people chose to brave the rain and strong
winds that Typhoon Lekima brought to the city and visit the Shanghai Museum.
上海千花坊”We made the reservation on the museum WeChat service a week ago,” said Julie Wang, a Shanghai sc
hoolteacher who attended with her daughter and several other parents and children.
“I also thought the rain might keep a lot of people away and it would be less crowded.”上海千花坊女神会所
The parents prepared pamphlets and PowerPoint files on a tablet, teach
ing the children, all preschoolers from a single class, about the exhibition Arts of the G
上海千花坊reat Ocean, Pacific Art Collection from the Musee du quai Branly-Jacques-Chirac in Paris.
Walking among the carved oars, feather masks and wood sculptures, Wang occasionally br
ought to the children’s attention patterns, figures and interesting details in the exhibits.上海千花坊女神会所
“We often see fine arts from China and the West in the museum, but this ex
hibition is quite different and a rare opportunity to see the Pacific art,” Wang said.上海千花坊
Shanghai Museum began to extend its opening hours into th
e evening in 2017 when the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects
上海千花坊女神会所attracted many enthusiastic visitors, who were willing to line up for hours waiting to see it.
“We started opening in the evening on more than 20 days over three months to meet demand,” said Xia Beibei, a member
of the museum staff. Since then the museum has often held “Night of the Museum” events.