97 museums in Beijing are open to the public for free on May 18, 2017. [Photo: Chinanews.com]
Hundreds of museums have opened their doors for free in China to mark the 41st National Museums Day, May 18 2017.
Now in its 41st year, the event is designed to promote Chinese culture and time-honored history, and encourage people to visit museums more frequently.
China's capital city, Beijing, is the main venue of this year's celebrations, which have as a theme this year "Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums".
"The role of the museums in the services society is to continue a discussion among museum professionals, not only to ensure that museums strive to lead the way in exchanging information about history, culture and nature, but also to promote sustainable practices and ongoing education for the user of the resources," said Peter Keller, Director-general of the International Museum Association.
He further explained that visitors should benefit from museum resources and presentations to be stimulated and gain a greater understanding of the world.