International Museum Day 2020
The SHMOG online and offline
June 18, 2020
After the closure for nearly 100 days due to the epidemic, the Shanghai Museum of Glass announced on April 28th the reopen of venues, and the strictly control the number of visitors and other security measures. On May 17, in response to the International Museum Day, the Shanghai Museum of Glass was free to the public and received over 2,000 visitors.
The theme of the International Museum Day 2020 is “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion.” This theme not only implies the social responsibility and role of the museum in an increasingly complex circumstance, but also emphasis that the museum should try to break its physical limits and develop multiple ways of expression. On May 17, Cathye Yang, Academic Research Management of the Museum delivered an online guided tour via the platform Zai-Art and Bilibili, introducing the history of glass. In addition, He Wen, the best docent of SHMOG also gave the audience an illustrated guided tour, with live streaming of the whole process on Weibo. At last, Mr. Zhang Lin, director of the Museum, summed up the last six months for the development of the museum and expressed his heartfelt wishes on Weibo.
In this particular period of the network digital technology being amplified, the Shanghai Museum of Glass transformed to thinking about how to build a people-oriented and personalised service for the virtual audience, and these valuable experiences are also linked to offline exhibition education. As such, the experience could help all art professionals and amateurs to understand glass culture from a broader perspective and enhances the aesthetic experience.