The draft Museum Act offering comprehensive legal support for 746 public and private museums across Taiwan was approved by the Executive Yuan, the nation's executive branch, on Aug. 7.
If enacted, the 18-article draft bill will introduce the following changes:
Under the proposed bill, private museums that could previously only be treated as foundations or companies would be able to register as legal entities and enjoy the full spectrum of benefits offered by the Museum Act.
If appointed as the central governing authority of museums, the Ministry of Culture could also integrate and re-distribute the cultural resources of the nation's museums, provide advisory support and subsidies for artifact restoration and preservation, and act as an intermediaryin facilitating cross-museum collaborations.
The draft bill aimed at bolstering the overall quality and services of Taiwanese museums will be submitted to the Legislative Yuan in September.