Permanent exhibition of Panlongcheng Site Museum
From Jan 1, 2019
Location: Panlongcheng Site Museum, Wuhan city, Hubei province
Panlongcheng site, located in today’s Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, is ancient city relic that dates to the early Shang Dynasty (c.16th century-11th century BC). It was a Bronze Age cultural center along the Yangtze River and the origin of Wuhan city itself.
The exhibition shows visitors the past and present of the ancient city, ranging from its discovery in 1954 and its historical changes to its cultural features and significance.
The exhibition includes three parts. The first is about the archaeological work done in the past 65 years and describes the birth of Wuhan city in Panlongcheng.
The second part shows the rise and fall of the ancient city, its transitions in history and cultural features. To give a full play to the profound culture of the site, the museum restores it by displaying the ancient daily lives of local residents, military facilities, folk customs, art, architecture and production activities.
The third part explains the position and influence of Panlongcheng in the Xia (c.21st century-16th century BC) and Shang dynasties, its connection with China’s central plain area and surrounding regions, as well as its impact on later ages.
The exhibits include bronze vessels, jade, stone and pottery wares unearthed at the Panlongcheng site, supplemented by historic relics of Wuhan. The museum also borrowed some cultural relics from museums in nearby areas and Central China.