Although Instagram is blocked in China Mainland, many of the most active Chinese museums manage to register and operate an official Instagram account. Because of the different media landscape in China, Chinese museums spend most of their efforts on WeChat, Weibo, Douyin, RED and other Chinese social media platforms. However, the adoption of Instagram by Chinese museums reveals their demand for international recognition. There is no doubt, Instagram offers a huge potential for Chinese museums to interact and engage with international audiences, cultural institutions and overseas Chinese.
ARTouch Consulting monitors the Instagram performance of more than 30 Chinese public and private museums, and introduces the first of its kind "Chinese Museums Instagram Index".
In July, we noticed about 8 museums suspended using Instagram, at the same time, we saw new-comers, such as West Bund Museum, have become very active.