In line with the theme of "Museums for a Sustainable Society” set for this year's International Museum Day, the Bureau of Cultural Heritage has invited five private museums to participate in its nationwide Museum Month program by sponsoring exhibitions, research, and studies, and inspiring "small vanguards of heritage preservation.”
The five private museums who have signed up to promote cultural preservation are: Beitou Museum, Shi-Shang Paleowonders Mineral and Fossil Museum, Evergreen Maritime Museum, YM Oceanic Culture & Art Museum, and Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines.
With assistance from professional preservation agencies, the museums will curate exhibitions and host activities to promote the three core concepts of heritage preservation — sustainable preservation, organic repair, and preventive care.
A special emphasis will be placed on organizing activities for children and youths to instill the importance of cultural preservation. Such "small vanguards of cultural preservation” will grow up to become the future guardians of the nation's heritage.
Each museum will also hold preservation workshops pertinent to their area of expertise. For example, the Shi-Shang Paleowonders Mineral and Fossil Museum will hold demonstrations on actual fossil repairs, while Bureau of Cultural Heritage officials will showcase the delicate preservation work required by relics recovered from underwater sites.
May 15 was designated International Museum Day by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Each year, a different theme is selected to promote awareness of contemporary issues and to encourage people to visit and become familiar with a museum's line of work.