Nanjing Museum

Nanjing MuseumNanjing Museum

The Nanjing Museum is located in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. With an area of 70,000 square meters (17 acres), it is one of the largest museums in China. The museum currently has over 400,000 items in its permanent collection, making it one of the largest in China. Especially notable is the museum's enormous collections of Ming and Qing imperial porcelain, which is among the largest in the world.

The Nanjing Museum was one of the first museums established in China. The predecessor of the Nanjing Museum was the preparatory department of the National Central Museum, which established in 1933. The museum took over 12.9 hectares (32 acres) in the Half Hill Garden of Zhongshan Gate. Cai Yuanpei, the first president of the council of the museum, proposed building three major halls, named "Humanity," "Craft" and "Nature". Because of China's political instability in the 1930s, only the Humanity Hall was built .Part of the museum collection was relocated to Taiwan by the Kuomintang in 1949 and is now part of the National Palace Museum in Taipei.

The main building was designed by Liang Sicheng in the 1930s combining Chinese and Western architectural styles. The front section is structure of traditional style and features a golden tiled roof. In the back is a Western-style flat-roof structure. Added in the 1990s to the west of the main building is an art hall which references Chinese architecture of the first half of the 20th century.
There are twelve exhibition halls at the museum. A highlight of the collection is a full-size suit of armor made from small jade tiles held together by silver wire.

Qin Garden
Earthen Ware Hall
Treasure Hall
Folk Art Hall
Bronze Ware Hall
Ming and Qing Porcelain Hall
Wu Weishan Sculpture Hall
Ancient Paintings Hall
Modern Art Hall
Jiangnan Silk Product Hall
Jade Hall
Lacquer Hall

Location: No.321, East Zhongshan Road, Nanjing
Entrance Fee: Free
Transportation: Take Bus No.5, 9, 29, 36,51,55,59,115,163.

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