Nánjīng Museum

Nánjīng Museum information

Nánjīng , China
Address
Street 321 Zhongshan Donglu
Getting there
metro Minggugong
Opening hours
9am-4.30pm
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Lonely Planet review

Just west of Zhōngshān Gate, modern China’s first national museum displays artefacts from Neolithic times right through to the communist period…when it’s not under renovation. The main building was constructed in 1933 in the style of a Ming temple. While this building is being tinkered with, a small collection has moved to the Art Gallery (艺术陈列馆; Yīshùchénlièguǎn) building next door.

The limited offerings include a haphazardly arranged collection of porcelain, textiles, bronze ware, earthen ware and folk art. Some of the 500-plus-year-old porcelain, with striking colours, looks startlingly contemporary, while a large wooden weaving machine boggles the imagination. Some displays are labelled in (bad) English.