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Jining Museum

Old site: 38 Guhuai Road, Jining city, Shandong province
New site: Jining Cultural Center, Jining city, Shandong province
Opening hours:
New site:
8:30 am-6:00 pm (May to September) (entry until 5:00 pm)
8:30 am-5:30 pm (October to April) (entry until 4:30 pm)
Closed Mondays (except for national holidays)
Old site:
9:00 am-5:30 pm (May to September) (entry until 5:00 pm)
9:00 am-5:00 pm (October to April) (entry until 4:30 pm)
Closed Mondays (except for national holidays)
General admission: Free

Exterior of the new Jining Museum in East China’s Shandong province [Photo/]

Established in 1985 and covering 20,460 square meters, the Jining Museum in East China’s Shandong province is installed in the Iron Pagoda Temple, a magnificent architectural complex dating to AD 560. The museum was designated a national foremost protected cultural heritage site in 1988.

The old site of the museum houses a collection of nearly 10,000 cultural relics and works of art covering bronze wares, pottery, ceramics, jades, and calligraphy and paintings. Highlights include the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) steles and pictorial bricks, bronze wares of the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC), carving tools, attire of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and porcelains of the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties (1271-1911).

In addition to its three permanent exhibitions, visitors and art lovers can not only look at exhibits in the room of the steles of the Han Dynasty, the room of the Han Dynasty pictorial bricks, and the Zhu Fukan Art Museum but also take pictures.

Covering some 27,238 square meters, the new Jining Museum opened to the public in 2019. This modern museum was designed by a world-renowned Swiss architect, Mario Botta, who adopted geometry to highlight the architectural features of the museum and the connotations of history and culture. Through the ever-changing interior space effects caused by rays of the sun, the museum offers a harmonious atmosphere ideal for classical artwork precipitated by history.

Housing a collection of 160,000 precious cultural relics, the new Jining Museum also takes full advantage of Jining’s excellent historical and cultural resources to perform its social and educational functions. It has permanent exhibitions focused on history and civilization, stone carving art, the Grand Canal, and local cultural landscapes. One gallery is exclusively dedicated to digital interpretation that illustrates the beauty of Jining.

A permanent exhibition of stone carving art in the new Jining Museum [Photo/]

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2021

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