Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall was built under the administration of Nanjing People’s Government in 1985 to commemorate the victims of the Nanjing Massacre committed by the Japanese on December 13th in 1937 after the Japanese attacked and occupied Nanjing during the World War II.
It is located in the southwestern corner of Nanjing near the “pit of ten thousand corpses,” a site where thousands of bodies were buried during the massacre. It was opened to public on August 15th, 1985 and was enlarged in 1995. Built with gray marble, the hall is quite impressive and solemn, which is home to historical documents, cultural relics, art and sculptures relating to the massacre.
The Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall is be divided into three parts: Outdoor Exhibits, Skeletal Remains, and Exhibition Hall. The Outdoor Exhibits is composed of statues, sculptures, relief carvings, tablets, a large wall listing the names of victims, atonement tablet, memorial walkway, atoning monument, as well as grasslands. The Skeletal Remains is coffin-shaped, where some victims’ skeletal remains excavated from the “pit of ten thousand corpses” is displayed.
Exhibition Hall is grave-shaped, where more than 1,000 precious historical photos, cultural relics, charts and other massacre documents are displayed.
Applying the modern displaying methods of light box, sand table, clay sculpture, oil painting, and see-view restoration, the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall relates the sad history of the Nanjing Massacre and exposes the bloody atrocities committed by Imperial Japan. Now the hall has become the important place for praying for peace and engaging with the history and culture of the world. At the same time, it is also the national patriotism education demonstration base.
Admission Fee: None Location: 418, Jiangdongmen Street, Nanjing
How to get there: Take the bus No7, 37, 61, 63, and get off at Cha Nan (Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall)
Opening Time: 8:30-16:30, closed on Monday