Nanjing City Museum
Nanjing City Museum
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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kimchibaby
Hamilton, New Zealand31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s worth visiting— considering it’s free too... it’s very much Chinese based (which is great for those wanting or expecting that) but if you prefer more variety of a mixture of cultures or things around the world, then probably don’t add this to the top of your list if that is your intention and priority with a limited time frame.

Nonetheless, it was very clean and well kept. Quite spacious and plenty of things to see as it is separated into a few sectors.
Written January 16, 2020
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cmfchris
Subang Jaya, Malaysia120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014
We went on a rainy day, thinking it would be nice to let the children see the place. The children were bored. And moving from one hall to another, we got wet. The grounds were slippery.
Written June 1, 2014
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Lars860
London61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Friends
The museum has recently been moved to a palace, and is very well laid out. The exhibits are of good quality and well marked. Definitely worth the time!
Written April 23, 2014
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mmyk72
Boston, MA65 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Family
I don't know whether the construction around the museum had any effect on the museum itself. Upon approaching the museum, the entrance is off a side alley and the grand facade that some pics showed is no where in sight. Upon entering, the museum seemed bare and dark, and many pavilions were closed. The only bathrooms are outhouses outside. The collection is not worth a special trip to the museum IMO especially if you've already been to museums in Shanghai or Beijing. The visit was a little disappointing for me.
Written April 16, 2012
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Mair Nesrul
Shah Alam, Malaysia74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
A place to visit to learn more of the unique history of Nanjing. The place is well kept and services are top-notch for all kind of travellers. Had a brief visit due to work commitment but glad I spend some time visiting the Museum.
Written September 24, 2019
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ptseng
Sydney75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017
This Museum is actually housed in the Chaotian temple complex where there are a number of separate temples in a large ground. When I first got there at the entrance of the temple I thought I was in the wrong place, as I could not find the Museum sign anywhere. Entrance to the front yard of the complex is actually free. However, there is a fee of RMB 20 charged for the City museum.

I visited on a very hot day and the fee was well worth it as the inside of the museum was supercool. There were very few tourists inside most likely because of the heat, so it was very comfortable checking out the exhibits at a leisurely place, without pushing your way through the crowd. There museum building is spacious and the exhibits are well laid out. The history of the city from pre-historic time is told in a video format using computer generated graphics on a giant screen at the entrance. It was quite impressive. There are lots of relics related to the history of the city from different period or dynasties. Generally there is English translation relating to the exhibits. The lighting in this museum is excellent, as some other local museums have inadequate lighting, and one might easily end up with sore eyes afterwards. This is a place where one can easily linger for an hour or two even on a very hot day, just remember to bring bottled water.

The highlight for me in this museum is the contemporary history of the city in the last century, which is very well documented. My grandmother was born and raised in Nanjing. My grandfather was the owner of the largest Department store in the city in the 1930s. Although there is no surviving relative in the city, I was given the address of the Department store in Nanjing. Prior to visiting the museum, I actually went to the given address and found a large shopping mall with the same name. Obviously the old building has now been replaced with a modern shopping mall, but the name lives on. Unexpectedly, in the museum, I also came across an old photograph of the original department store in its heyday. It was an icon in the city at the time as it was the first large department store in the city. It has become part of the heritage of the city in the collective memory of its citizens a generation or two ago. Just seeing the building in the old photograph after visiting the site brings a feeling of my “connection” with this great city.
Written August 15, 2017
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MrJoeG
Minneapolis, MN168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Solo
The "Nanjing Municipal Museum" has moved to Chaotian Palace. Which is good, because there wasn't much of anything interesting there before, so at least now the Chaotian Palace is worth the admission fee. When I went in August 2013, they had a very lengthy normal exhibition, and a small special exhibition that was very worthwhile. I would recommend going to the Nanjing Museum / Chaotian Palace.
Written September 1, 2013
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Byrnzie28
St. Albans, UK4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Solo
I visited the museum at the end of March this year and most of the rooms of the museum were closed for renovation. I don't know when it will be fully open again.
Written June 6, 2012
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Princess_Ronna
Xi'an, China591 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
We went to the museum in the evening and it was breath-taking! I love how everything is dual-language which makes it so much easier.
Written October 2, 2019
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Bee A
142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
Not to be confused with the Nanjing Museum. This is a different one. Set in Chaotian Palace with many displays of artifacts, from fossils and tools, to bronze, porcelain, jades and silk. There were so much to look at, we spent hours there. A good time to learn about the history of Nanjing, and also an escape from the summer heat.
The ticket must be bought, but it was just 20 rmb. Children enter free. My son who is 1.35m earned that privilege.

For the display, if there could be more English explanation, it would be perfect. Audio's available for visitors, but I am not sure if English version was available.

Nearby there is an eatery called An Le Yuan, serving good noodles and fried rice :)

August 3, 2015
Written August 5, 2015
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