Nanjing museum, one of the earliest-established museums in China, is a comprehensive provincial museum of history and art, which is as famous as Forbidden City in Beijing and Shanghai Museum. Located on Zhongshan East Road, the Nanjing Museum covers about 130,000 square meters, where enormous collections of Ming and Qing imperial porcelains are well preserved.
It was started to build in 1933 under the administration of Cai yuanpei, one of the greatest educators in China, who was the first chairman of board of directors of this museum. The building of Nanjing Museum is a perfect combination of Chinese and western architectural styles. The structure of front section of the museum is of golden-tile-roofed Chinese traditional style, while the back section, flat-roofed western-style.
Nanjing museum presently hosts 420 thousand diverse collections and more than 2000 are national cultural relics, among which such rare national treasures as Maogong tripod, portrait of emperors in different dynasties, Picture of Tangminghuang Emperor’s Heading to Sichuan on Horse are the most famous. Besides, Nanjing Museum is also home to such national exclusive treasures as archaeological discovery products, ethnic minorities’ cultural relics, foreign cultural relics, imperial palace utensils, paper-works of Qing dynasty and cultural relics of Japanese surrender ceremony in World War II. 3000, 00 valuable books domestic and abroad are also preserved in Nanjing Museum.
Location: 321, Zhongshan East Road, Nanjing
Admission Fees: Free Opening Time: 09:00-16:30
How to get to: Take the bus tourist1, tourist2, No. 59. 29, 5, 9, 36, 51, 55, and get off at Zhongshan Gate.