Wuyuan Museum

Wuyuan Museum is located at Ziyang Town, Wuyuan County, Jiangxi Province. With a total area of more than 59,800 square yards (50,000 square meters), this museum features strong local characteristics. It exhibits more than 10,000 cultural items among which an abundance of pottery, rare porcelains, handicraft works and calligraphy and paintings from the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911). Opened to the public in 2007, Wuyuan Museum is a perfect reflection of the history and development of this area. The rare exhibits of the museum, as essential parts of ancient Huizhou culture, fully embody the deep culture heritage of Wuyuan County.

The main building of the museum follows traditional and modern Huizhou architectural style. Covering more than 7,176 square yards (6,000 square meters), the exhibition hall contains six main and special halls: History of Wuyuan County, Tea and Handicrafts, Abundant Porcelains and Potteries, Rare Inkstone, Calligraphy and Paintings of Ming and Qing Dynasties, and Modern Hall.

Ceramics are a distinctive feature of this museum. From the Tang Dynasty (618-907) to the middle of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Wuyuan area has been firing ceramics for more than 700 years. In ancient times, this area became a major ceramics centre because of its advantageous location. Wuyuan County is adjacent to the ‘Ceramic City’ Jingdezhen and is situated between the Raozhou and Hangzhou regions. In those days, numerous ceramics were transported to royals or markets. Hence, this location is ideal for this museum to provide the best conditions to hold rare ceramics. There are many rare ceramics that were discovered in ancient tombs, such as celadon bowls, bottles and saucers. All of these ceramics were fired in government kilns in the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

Thousands pieces of handicrafts occupy a large part of the collections. These mainly contain jewels, emeralds, jade wares, woodcarvings, bamboo carvings and bronze vessels. All of these exquisite handicrafts embody the wisdom and superb skills of ancient Chinese artists. The most representative handicrafts are an agalmatolite bracelet in the Southern Song Dynasty (960-1127), a rhinoceros horn cup and ivory carvings in the Ming Dynasty. These exquisite art works have high artistic and historical value. Around each of them is a mysterious legend.

Wuyuan County is the hometown of inkstone. Among the hundreds of inkstone items in this museum, the one named ‘dragon’s tail’ is the most famous. From every historical period of ancient China until today, the inkstone-making process has never stopped. The styles differ with each historical period. First found in 1184 during the Southern Song Dynasty, one inkstone engraved with a pattern of fish scales is the most typical and characteristic.

This museum keeps more than 1,000 pieces of calligraphy and paintings of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, among which are lots of rare works of famous painters and calligraphers. Wuyuan County has a unique art style which uses engraved plates to print pictures. Tourists can see these interesting paintings in the museum and get a better understanding of the history of ancient Huizhou.

Transportation: This museum is located at the central area of Wuyuan County. Tourists can walk or take a taxi to get to the museum.
Admission Fee Free
Opening Hours 8:00-11:30,14:30-17:30 (from Tuesday to Sunday)
Suggested Sightseeing Time One hour
- Last modified on Jun. 11, 2019 -
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