Nanjing Municipal Museum is a comprehensive museum of history and
art. The museum is located inside Chaotian Palace, a group of
Chinese ancient palace buildings with the largest scale
south of the Yangtze River. During the early years of New China,
the museum was Nanjing Cultural Relic Protection Committee. In
1978, the museum was formally established, moreover, it is one of
the key historical and cultural sites under government protection
of Jiangsu Province and the patriotism educational base of Nanjing
and Jiangsu Province.
Our museum is in charge of not only ancient tombs research and
excavation in and around Nanjing, but also the protection and
collection of cultural relics. With rich cultural relics,
researching results and documents, the museum is an important place
for conveying culture and history of the ancient city.
There is a group of professional archeologists,which is responsible
for researching and excavating the ancient tombs in and around
Nanjing, in the museum. Their archaeological work focus on the
field of prehistoric, the Six Dynasties, Ming Dynasty and so on.
Recently, they gain lots of achievements in archaeological field,
including the discovery of the skull fossils of Nanjing ape-man in
1993, excavation of the aristocratic tombs of the Six Dynasties,
excavation of a New Stone Age ruins of Xue City in Gaochun, the
founding of the Seven Treasure Pagoda of King Asoka along with part
of the cremated remains of Sakyamuni’s skull, etc. Most of the
archaeological discoveries have won prizes in the field in China.
Some of the discoveries are the important archaeological research
projects, including excavations of ancient ruins of Niutougang at
Pukou, ruins of Jiankang City of the Six Dynasties at Daxinggong,
ruins of the Forbidden City of Ming Dynasty and ruins of
Treasure-ship shipyard of Ming Dynasty. All of the archaeological
discoveries are the very important materials for researching the
history of Nanjing.
Our museum have 100000 cultural relics of different dynasties. With
high historic, scientific and artistic value, these cultural relics
are the precious and vivid testimony of the long history of
Nanjing. We have a specialized department in charge of researching,
protecting and collecting cultural relics. Some of the cultural
relics are so famous all over the world, such as the skull fossil
of Nanjing ape-man, celadon zun with lotus pattern, celadon jar
with under glazed painting, memorial epigraph of Wang and Xie
Family in the Six Dynasties, blue and white porcelain vase painted
with a famous historic story, amber cup in fisherman and lotus
design, gold belt ornaments inlaid with precious jade, seven
treasure pagoda of King Asoka, etc. We devote ourselves to the
cultural relics research in the method of publishing some works,
such as “ Feature of the Six Dynasties”, “Jade and Gold”, “Costume
and Jewelry of Ming Dynasty”, ect. In addition, many of our objects
are introduced in some important works in China.
With rich and exquisite cultural relics, we hold various
high-quality exhibitions, which are well received by the public,
such as “the Feature of the Six Dynasties”, “Nanjing: The Capital
of Ming Dynasty ”, “Nanjing: A Home for Royalty” ,“Archaeological
Achievements in Ten Years ”, “Treasures in Nanjing Municipal
Museum”, “Seven Voyages to Foreign Countries by Zheng He”, etc.
Many of our exhibits were also displayed in America, Britain,
Germany, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and they were so well received by
foreigners. In addition, some special exhibitions came from
foreign countries were held in our museum, such as “Italy Bellini
Museum Renaissance Art Collection Exhibition ”, “15th -16th Centuries Florence Aristocrat Ornaments Exhibition”, “Pottery
Wares of Taiwan”, “Metal Art of Taiwan”, etc.
Propagation and Education
We have not only specialized Chinese-English guilds, but also
automatic voice guild machines in different languages. Both of them
can introduce the museum and the exhibitions to the people all over
the world. In addition, we hold various volunteer activities
to let more people love our country, love our culture and love the
museum. We expand the ways to spread cultural heritages to the
society by communicating with communities and schools.
Nanjing Municipal Museum is an important window for showing the
history and culture of Nanjing from ancient to the present. In the
museum, you can not only enjoy the magnificent Chinese ancient
palace buildings, but also appreciate the exquisite exhibitions.