Some of the UK’s most popular museums have seen millions of people come through their doors, but none as much as China’s Forbidden City, which has recently been named the most visited museum in the world.
Otherwise known as The Palace Museum, the centre saw its 17 millionth sightseer last month (December 13th), despite having a daily limit of 80,000 visitors, reported Beijing Evening Post.
The Forbidden City draws people in as it is a protected area of Beijing that was once the location of emperors and the royal court, almost 600 years ago. Not only are visitors allowed to walk through the enclosed area, they can take a look at thousands of cultural artefacts in its large display cases.
Head of the museum Shana Jixiang said: “The fundamental reason why the Palace Museum has become so popular among young people is that it strikes the right balance between preserving history, sharing knowledge, and providing interesting interactive displays.”
The number of visitors the Palace Museum has seen this year is a 6.25 per cent increase from 2017, mainly as a result of opening up of the Treasure Hall and Clock Museum. With 5.24 million people heading to the impressive site this year alone, this is twice the figure from 2013.
Museum staff has also kept up to date with modern technology, creating interactive displays for visitors, as well as downloadable apps for children, and virtual exhibits for those who are unable to come in person.
Earlier this year, the Palace Museum launched the North Museum Project to coincide with the 93rd anniversary of the site. This initiative will allow visitors to see some of the artwork from the Forbidden City spread across 100,000 sq m of space in the Haidian District in north-west Beijing.