Zhejiang Provincial Museum
|Provincial Museum by West Lake|
First constructed in 1929, the Zhejiang Provincial Museum was originally named 'Zhejiang Provincial West Lake Museum'. It is the largest human and scientific museum in Zhejiang Province, with a collection of more than 100,000 cultural relics. It is divided into the Solitary Hill Branch, the Wenlan Pavilion, the West Lake Gallery, the Wulin Branch, the Memorial Hall of Huang Binhong, and the Former Residence of Sha Menghai.
Solitary Hill Branch
It preserves a great number of celadon wares between the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220) and the Ming Dynasty. They were made in different kilns, such as the Longquan Kiln and the Yueyao Kiln. People can also appreciate ancient bronze mirrors from Kuaiji (today's Shaoxing in Zhejiang Province) and Huzhou. In addition, there are plenty of ancient, modern and contemporary paintings and calligraphies on exhibition. For instance, the works of the great modern painter Huang Binhong exceed 3,700.
West Lake Gallery
On the first floor above the ground is an exhibition on the history and culture of Zhejiang Province. It is named the 'Epic of the Land of Yue'. There are various relics from the Neolithic Age about 18,000 years ago, including pottery, lacquer wares, wooden wares, bone objects and ivories of the Hemudu Culture, and the jade and silk of the Liangchu Culture. People can also find many kinds of bronze weapons, bronze farm tools, and preliminary porcelain of the Yue State in the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770-256 BC).
On the second floor is the 'Qianjiang Waves', an exhibition on the modern revolutionary history of Zhejiang. It shows how Chinese People fought for freedom and liberation.
On the third floor is the Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition Hall, the 'Brilliant Craftsmanship' on the Zhejiang Folk Art and Culture, the 'Extraordinary Sounds of Mind' on Chinese Guqin Zithers, and the 'Along Parade of Red Trousseaux' on the local wedding customs. The most famous exhibit in the Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition Hall is the painting 'Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains' by the great master Huang Gongwang of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The 'Brilliant Craftsmanship' shows people the arts of sculpture, paper-cut, knitting, weaving, and dyeing. As a world intangible cultural heritage, the Chinese Guqin Zithers are shown in the 'Extraordinary Sounds of Mind' on how they are made and played. The 'Along Parade of Red Trousseaux' presents to people the trousseaux, the palanquins, and the matrimonial home. Additionally, it shows how a bridegroom and his friends go to the bride's home to escort her to the bridegroom's. That is very interesting!
Memorial Hall of Huang Binhong
Former Residence of Sha Menghai
How to get to Zhejiang Provincial Museum
Take bus line Y10, and get off at the Zhejiang Provincial Museum Station.
To the Wulin Branch:
1. Take metro line 1, get off at the West Lake Cultural Square, leave from Exit C, and walk westward.
2. Take bus line 19, 30, 38, 67, 203, 206 or 7b, get off at the Xihu Wenhua Guangchang, and walk southwest to get there.
To the Memorial Hall of Huang Binhong
Take bus line 7, 27, 51, 52, or 118, get off at Yuemiao Station, and walk northwest to the hall.
To the Former Residence of Sha Menghai
1. Take metro line 1, get off at Fengqi Road, leave from Exit C1, and walk to the residence.
2. Take bus line 7, 10, 16, 25, 27, 49, 51, 102, 103, 103b, or 118 to Qiantangmen Wai Station, and walk northeast to the residence.
|Attractions||Entrance Fee||Opening Hours|
|Solitary Hill Branch, Wulin Branch||Free of Charge||Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00- 17:00 |
|Wenlan Pavilion||8:00- 18:00|
|West Lake Gallery||Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00- 17:00 |
Monday: 12:00- 17:00
|Memorial Hall of Huang Binhong, |
Former Residence of Sha Menghai
|Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00-16:30 |