Ministry of Finance: Continue to support the development of museums and art galleries
On October 20, the Ministry of Finance website published the "Summary of Responses to Proposals for the "Two Sessions" in 2015". Among them, in the "Response (Summary) to the Proposal of "Free Opening of Private Museums and Art Galleries to Enjoy Financial Support", the Ministry of Finance stated that in order to fully reflect the state's principle of fair treatment of non-state museums, the Ministry of Finance will cooperate with the Ministry of Culture and Cultural Relics. The Bureau and other relevant departments have paid attention to and supported the development of private museums and art galleries through the government's purchase of public cultural services from social forces. The following is the full text of the reply.
The museum is an important window for displaying and disseminating the excellent traditional culture of the Chinese nation, and an important part of the public cultural service system. In accordance with the overall deployment of the Party Central Committee and the State Council, in 2008, the Central Propaganda Department, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Culture, and the State Administration of Cultural Heritage issued the "Notice on the Free Opening of National Museums and Memorials" (Zhong Xuan Fa  No. 2) to the whole country. The free opening of museums, memorial halls, and national patriotism education demonstration bases has made clear regulations and requirements. Since 2008, there have been 1,822 free and open museums, memorials, and national patriotism education bases supported by the central government. The central government has allocated a total of nearly 20 billion yuan in special funds. The education base will receive subsidies for the reduction of tickets, the increase of operating expenses, and the improvement of display arrangements. At the same time, in order to give full play to art galleries, public libraries, cultural centers (stations) to protect the basic cultural rights of citizens, strengthen the construction of public cultural service systems and citizens’ ideological and moral construction, in 2011, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Finance issued the "Regarding the Promotion of National Art Museums, "Opinions on the Free Opening of Public Libraries and Cultural Centers (Stations)" (Wen Finance Fa  No. 5), the art galleries, public libraries, and cultural centers (stations) managed by cultural administrative departments at all levels will be further opened to the public for free Make clear regulations and requirements. The central government has set up special funds to support the municipal and county-level art galleries, public libraries, cultural centers, and township comprehensive cultural stations (hereinafter referred to as "three museums and one station") under the centralized management of cultural administrative departments to provide free basic public cultural services. "Three museums and one station" free opening The basic subsidy standard of the central government is: prefecture-level art galleries, public libraries, cultural centers, each museum free opening subsidy standard of 500,000 yuan / year; county-level art museums, public libraries, cultural centers The free opening subsidy standard for each museum is 200,000 yuan/year; the free opening subsidy standard for township comprehensive cultural stations is 50,000 yuan/year.
We have conducted a serious study on your suggestion that private museums and art galleries are freely open to private museums and art galleries with reference to state-owned museums and art galleries to enjoy financial security and support. The country attaches great importance to the development of private museums. After the "Opinions on Promoting the Development of Private Museums" issued by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage and other seven bureaus in 2010, various localities have successively issued policy documents supporting non-state museums, from building land, purchasing services, and operating Provide support to private museums in terms of subsidies, assessment and rewards. In 2013, the Ministry of Finance issued the "Interim Measures for the Management of Special Funds for the Free Opening of Local Museums and Memorials from the Central Government" (Caijiao  No. 97), which clarified the scope of subsidies and expenditures for the free opening of special funds for museums and memorials. Free or low-ticket opening (including private museums) incentive subsidy, etc. In the same year, 100 million yuan of private museum incentive subsidies were arranged to reward the free or low-ticket opening work of private museums registered with cultural relics departments in various regions. Starting in 2015, the rewards and subsidies for private museums have been included in the special funds of the central government to subsidize the construction of the local public cultural service system. In addition, in May 2015, the General Office of the State Council forwarded the "Notice of the Ministry of Culture and Other Departments on Doing a Good Job in the Government's Procurement of Public Cultural Services from Social Forces" (Guobanfa  No. 37), in which private cultural and sports institutions have been The free or low-cost services provided, such as the free or low-cost services provided to the society by private museums and art galleries, are included in the "Government's Guiding Catalog for the Purchase of Public Cultural Services from Social Forces."
In the next step, in order to implement the "Regulations on Museums" and the "Opinions on Accelerating the Construction of a Modern Public Cultural Service System" issued by the General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the General Office of the State Council, and fully embody the state's principle of treating non-state-owned museums fairly, the financial department will cooperate with culture Ministry, Cultural Relics Bureau and other relevant departments purchase public cultural services from the society through the government, continue to pay attention to and support the development of private museums and art galleries, and give full play to the education, service and collection protection of cultural relics and art works in museums and art galleries. , Research and display functions, and play its role in promoting social and economic development.