Jinan City Museum
Address: 30 Jingshiyi Road, Lixia district, Jinan city, Shandong province
Opening hours: 9 am- 5pm (Last entry at 4:30 pm)
Closed Mondays (Except for public holidays)
General admission: Free
Located at the foot of Qianfo Mountain, one of the three famous scenic spots in Jinan, the Jinan City Museum is home to some 20,000 artworks spanning from the Neolithic Age to the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. The Cai Gongshi Memorial Hall, Jinan Laoshe Memorial Hall and Jinan Qushan Yihai Museum are all under its administration.
Since its establishment in 1958, Jinan City Museum has continuously enriched its collection of cultural relics through archaeological excavation, national allocation, donation and other channels. There are more than 10 categories in the museum's collections, including ceramics, jade, calligraphy and paintings.
Treasures of the museum include painted pottery figurines of musicians, dancers and acrobatic performers, and a painted pottery bird with pots dating to the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 24).
Other artworks of note include a farming hoe from the Neolithic age, a Shang Dynasty (c.16th century-11th century BC) bronze tripod, tri-colored glazed pottery of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Jingdezhen porcelains and Longquan celadon wares of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), blue and white porcelains of the Ming Dynasty, Duan inkslabs of the Tang and Qing dynasties and paintings and exquisitely fashioned jewelry and jade of the Song, Yuan (1271-1368) and Ming dynasties.
The two permanent exhibitions of the museum relate the splendid history of Jinan. “Jinan -- A famous historical and cultural city” outlines Jinan's history, folk customs, economic achievements and the tremendous changes in its urban appearance. “The glory of ancient Jinan city” consists of two units, the first of which introduces the ancient culture, the ancient city of Jinan and its celebrities of previous dynasties. The second shows more than 400 precious bronze wares, sculptures and stone carvings.