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National Art Museum goes free

English.news.cn   2011-03-03 11:12:07 FeedbackRSS

BEIJING, March 3 (Xinhuanet) -- The National Art Museum of China officially announced on Wednesday that it is open to the general public with no charge for admittance. This welcomed policy is in response to a joint statement issued earlier by the Ministries of Culture and Finance that all public museums and libraries should serve the public on a complimentary basis.

Art lovers of all ages gathered early on Wednesday morning in front of the museum. They were here to witness the historical moment when Minister of Culture Cai Wu made the official announcement.

Cai Wu, Minister of China's Ministry of Culture, said, "I hereby announce that the National Art Museum of China is now open free of charge!"

Cai joined Museum Director, Fan Di'an, in replacing the Ticket Sales plaque to on that reads "Ticket Distribution."

For a period of time the state-run National Art Museum of China was considered to be catering only to the taste of elite academics. The free entry policy might well change that perception by inviting a wider audience of everyday people to appreciate the beauty of art.

"I think the free admittance policy reflects the growing national power of our country."

"The Art Museum is where we have fun. Here we're able to enjoy the art of calligraphy and many more."

(Source: CNTV)

Editor: Tang Danlu
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