南京博物馆 Nánjīng Bówùyuàn, also known as Nanjing Museum is one of the biggest museums in China. With over 400,000 historical artifacts from the Ming and Qing imperial porcelain, including including jade, bronze, ceramics, lacquer wares, silk & embroidery, paintings & calligraphies, seals and steles. No wonder why this place is famous.
Among one of the first established museums in China, this site serves as a great foundation to learn about China’s cultural past. The site is divided into 6 different exhibition halls: Historical Hall, Art Hall, Digital Hall, Republic of China Hall, Intangible Cultural Heritage Hall and Special Exhibition Hall.
1) Historical Hall
Exhibition of Jiangsu Area in Ancient Times, displaying plenty of the exhibits in chronological order from ancient times to Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1911) dynasties.
2) Art Hall (for all you art lovers out there, this is for you!)
The Painting Gallery introduces the representative 10 schools of local painting in Ming and Qing dynasties, vividly showing the normal life at that time. Chenzhifo Gallery shows many painting works about flowers and birds of Chenzhifo, a famous Chinese artist.
Fubaoshi Art Gallery on the 2F of Nanjing Museum Art Hall exhibits the painting, sealing cutting and paper works about painting of Fubaoshi. Wuweishan Sculpture Gallery in the first floor shows the many sculptures of celebrities from home and abroad, like the ancient Chinese Poet Li Bai, the famous modern artist Qi Baishi, and the great Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci.
3) Digital Hall
The real hall covers an area of 1,200 square meters (1,435 square yards), creating six exhibition areas to show China’s ancient civilization. The virtual hall, using internet and image recognition, is the extended area of the real hall. Here, there are interactive games for visitors of all ages.
4) Republic of China Hall
Together with the tramcar, many residential buildings in Republic of China period stand along the street, such as post office, barber shop, Chinese pharmacy, bookstore and jewelry store.
5) Intangible Cultural Heritage Hall
Exhibition introduces the intangible cultural heritages and shows the Jiangsu traditional handcraft and performance. Intangible cultural heritages include paper cutting, festival lantern making, Kun Opera and storytelling and ballad singing.
6) Special Exhibition Hall
Consists of 10 exhibition halls used to display temporary exhibitions.
Helpful tip: This museum is FREE! For foreigners, just show your passport and you will be given a receipt just like I did (see photo above)!
Discloser: There are lines to enter into this museum. Be prepared to wait for 1 hour at the very least. I suggest going during the weekdays and non-holidays. Bring water as well.