City of Nanjing

City of Wonder

Nanjing Museum

Visit a treasure trove of over 400,000 artifacts depicting Chinese culture across the ages.

Discover everything from ancient civilizations to the early days of the Republic in exhibitions, displays and performances. Being one of the first museums to be established in China, it is also one of the largest.

The museum boasts one of the most extensive collections in the world of imperial porcelain from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Marvel at the elaborately decorated blue and white pieces.

Famous for having a full size suit of armor made from small jade tiles held together by silver wire the museum is a must-see. This jade burial suit dates back to the second century Eastern Han Dynasty.

From the second century to the ancient civilizations of the Jiangsu province the Historical Hall is home to fascinating permanent exhibitions of relics.

To enjoy paintings, calligraphy and statues visit the Art Hall. It’s eight rooms include paintings by prolific 20th century Chinese artists including Fu Baoshi (1904-1965), Chen Zhifo (1896-1962) and Su Tianci (born 1922).

Fu Baoshi was a renowned painter who combined new and old ink techniques in his work. He painted traditional style Chinese figures and landscapes. While Chen Zhifo was famous for his Japanese influenced paintings of birds and flowers. And Su Tianci is recognized for his modern oil paintings.

Staying with modern times the Republic of China Hall has exhibitions relating to everyday life in the early days of the Republic with a focus on the 1930s.

Coming right up to the present the Digital Hall is the physical home of the online museum. This hall represents the internet presence of the museum.

Going from the digital to the live the Intangible Cultural Heritage Hall hosts lectures, talks and displays of folk activities and traditional handicraft.

The main collection of the museum is so large that only a selection can be displayed at any one time. TheSpecial Exhibition Hall hosts temporary exhibitions in its ten rooms.

Here’s a taste of the exhibitions that can be found at the museum:

Fan Paintings from the Ming & Qing Dynasty

April 17 to July 17 2014 - Art Hall, second floor

Fan paintings played a very important part in Chinese culture. This exhibition displays around 90 paintings selected from the museum’s comprehensive collection. Work from the most famous painters from the Ming and Qing Dynasty will be on display. Find Out More.

Fleeting Time-China Centennial Cheongsam Exhibition

May 18 to June 18 2014 - Art Hall & The Republic of China Hall

The beauty of cheongsam’s are celebrated in this exhibition held in partnership with the Chinese Silk museum.

In the Art Hall there are displays detailing the evolution of cheongsams highlighting the craftsmanship. The Republic of China Hall will be hosting lectures and runway shows. Find Out More.

Museum Collections are Bridges for Communications

May 18 to August 18 2014 - Special Exhibition Hall

To celebrate International Museum Day on May 18th an exhibition was launched linking 800 pieces from Nanjing Museum’s collections to the four themes of: life, art, tradition and communication.


Aboriginal daily life is depicted with objects relating to fishing, hunting and farming from the villages of Shunshan Ji, Longqiu Zhuang and Dongshan Cun.


The writing, pictures and patterns on antiques will be interpreted to reveal the associated memories of the objects.


The Silk Road trade routes between China and the West are thefocus of this section. On display are examples of the blue and white porcelain that are sold to European countries. There’s also Japanese porcelain with Chinese cultural influences.


Paintings and calligraphy by literati from the Jiangnan region will be exhibited.

Based in the city centre the museum building is divided into two buildings. The main building has a gold tiled roof inspired by the ninth century Liao Dynasty. An Art Hall was added in the 1990s to display additional pieces.

Go and enjoy the best of Chinese culture from the past to the present with a visit to Nanjing Museum.

Opens 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m, Free to visit.

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