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State and Private Museums in Xiamen

Updated: 15 Feb 2009
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You won't be starved for choice of museums in Xiamen. There are 17 museums in total, not all of which are likely to excite the interest of the average tourist, but you're almost guaranteed of finding something of interest.

 

The Overseas Chinese Museum, the Piano Museum and Xiamen Museum are some of the more popular choices for the mainstream crowd, but enthusiasts might enjoy the the Jinquan Coin Museum in Gulangyu's former British Consulate or the Bridge Museum.

 

WOX lists 10 main state and private museums as follow:

  

1). Xiamen Museum 厦门博物馆

Xiamen dates back to 1394, and this house of history details every century. From the city's beginnings under the Ming dynasty to Japanese occupation in the late 1800s to the tumultuous Chairman Mao Red Book years, its story is all documented. More than 1,000 items pack the museum and include painted porcelains, wooden rifles, scrolls, photos and printing presses. The building itself, with its white pillars and red dome, is an architectural gem, blending in nicely with the island's reputation for architectural genius.

 

Address: Gubagua Mansion, Gulangyu islet, Xiamen

Tel: 0592-2068016 

Opening hours: Daily, 8:00 -18:00

 

2). Piano Museum on Gulang Islet 鼓浪屿钢琴博物馆 

Nestled directly across from Sunlight Rock, this small museum pays nod to Gulangyu Island's long love affair with the piano. Despite the island's diminutive size, it ranks number one in China for piano ownership per person and is the hometown of famous Chinese pianist Xu Feiping. More than forty old pianos from different periods and different nations fill the museum. The entire complex maintains a musical theme with such names as Melody Square, Lingering Sound Gate and Harmonious Music Building.

 

Address: 45 Huang Yan Road, inside Shuzhuang Garden at Gulangyu, Xiamen

Tel: 0592-2070331

Opening hours: 8:15 - 19:00

 

3). Overseas Chinese Museum 华侨博物馆

This odd museum celebrates the accomplishments of former residents who earned lavish success living outside of the Fujian province. It was opened in 1959 by businessman Tan Kah Kee who appropriately made his fortune while working in Singapore. More than 6,000 items grace the museum, which is divided into six sections. All of the displays have been donated by the former residents and include photography, paintings, pottery that dates back to 1100 BC, and documentation of the former residents success stories.

 

Address: No. 493, Siming Nan Road, Siming District, Xiamen

Tel: 0592-2081824

Opening hours: 9:30 - 16:30 (closed on Monday)

Bus: 1, Xia2, 15, 18, Xia20, 21, 22, 45, 48, Xia50, Xia59, 71, 96, 501, 503, 520, 531, 616, 809 (at Bowu Guang Bus Stop)

 

4). Xiamen Bridge Museum 厦门桥梁博物馆

Appropriately located on the eastern side of the Haicang Bridge, this museum specializes in showcasing bridges from around the world. Photographs and small replicas of the iron arch bridge over the Thames River, the Nanjing River Bridge, and the Normandy Suspension Bridge are just a few of the structures featured. Almost one-half of the museum focuses on the Haicang Bridge itself, documenting the building of the bridge from the architectural plans to timeline photos of the construction process.

 

Address: Beneath Haicang Bridge, Xiamen

Tel: 0592-5615522

Opening hours: Daily, 9:00 - 17:00 

 

5). Xiamen Olympic Museum  厦门奥林匹克博物馆 

Situated in the city's Southern Ring Road, the Museum consists of a lobby and an

exhibition hall. In the lobby, the most eye-catching exhibit is this huge rock dug from

the bottom of the Yantzi River. It's learned that this rock, weighted 80 tons, had been

lying on the river bottom for millions of years.

 

The Museum amazing lines symbolize the everlasting Olympic spirit. The exhibition hall

is divided into four sections, displaying its own category of items. Among the art

collections displayed are the nest-shaped model of the National Stadium, replica of the clock used in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Olympic torches, and the first and the onlysquare-shaped medal.

 

From the various display items in the Museum, visitors can come to know more about the history of the Olympics, the culture and the spirit of the game.

 

Address: 2017 Lvling Road, Siming District, Xiamen

Tel: 0592-2956070

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30-17:00

 

6). Xiamen Science and Technology Museum  厦门科技馆

Xiamen Science and Technology Museum, which is located in the Xiamen Culture and Art Center, opened to the public on March 16, 2007.

 

It is the first national museum built on island. 80% of its exhibitions welcome the participation of visitors, enabling them to enjoy their education tour.

 

The museum covers an area of 17,000 square meters with the exhibition hall covering 10,000 square meters. With the theme of “Harmony of Human, Science and Technology”, it has designed five thematic exhibition sections which are: “The Cradle of the Ocean”, “Exploration and Discovery”, “Creation of Civilization”, “Harmonious Development”, and “Children’s Future”. It is an important component of Xiamen Culture and Art Center and is also the key part of the municipal cultural construction.

Address: No. 95, Ti Yu Road, Xiamen

Tel: 0592-5147666

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00-17:00

http://www.xmstm.com.cn/ 

 

7). Xiamen Guanfu Museum 厦门观复博物馆 

Guanfu Museum is Xiamen's 1st private museum. It is owned by a famous antique collector called Ma Weidu. Open in 2005. Content: Furnitures of Ming and Qing Dynasty.

 

Address: Inside Shuzhuang Garden at Gulanyu, Xiamen

Tel: 0592-2570818

Opening hours: 8:00 - 17:30

 

8). Tong'an Museum 同安博物馆

Tong'an Museum, opened in early 1990 inside the Tong'an Confucian Temple, this museum has 3 main areas: Tong'an historical relics, Tong'an historical personages, and archives. The museum has at least a couple thousand items in the exhibits.

 

Tong’an Museum was founded during the end of the Five Dynasty and moved to the present address since Song Dynasty. Going through several times of overhauling and expansion, the present museum possesses two exhibition halls and one outdoor display site.

 

Dacheng Hall has three basic displays, including “display of important historic relics of Tong’an”, “display of historic celebrities of Tong’an”, “display of cultural relics collected in Tong’an Museum”. The display of the historic relics reflects important historic documents and information of the important characters of Tong’an since the New Stone Age to the New Democracy Revolution Period, by pictures, letters and other materials.

 

The display of celebrities tells life stories of native famous people, such as great scientist Su Song in Song Dynasty, national hero Chen Huacheng in Qing Dynasty, Banner of overseas Chinese Tan Kah-kee in modern times, showing the great achievement by ancestors of Tong’an.

 

Display of collected cultural relics selects about 300 representative objects such as celadon apparatus made in Tingxi of Tong’an during Song Dynasty, exhibiting the side face of historic life and the art creativity of laboring people in ancient and modern times.

 

The two-corridor exhibition hall holds the special topic exhibition. Stone display site exhibits more than 300 stone carvings in Tong’an from Song Dynasty to Modern Times, its content involving customs, religion, architecture, production and other aspects which possess obvious local features. Tong’an Museum has collected more than 2,000 cultural relics and specimens.

 

Address: 75 Inner South Gate, Datong Street, Tong’an District, Xiamen
Tel: 0592- 7022478

Opening hours: 8:00 - 17:30

 

9). Jinquan Coin Museum 厦门金泉钱币博物馆

The former British Consulate is now a coin museum! The beautiful colonial building which was built in 1870 was transformed into Fujian's largest coin museum. The Jinquan Coin Museum house over 5200 exhibits dating from the New Stone Age to New China (1949). It also includes a fine selection of Fujian coins. This fine museum, opened September 28, 1991, must be right on the money because it has attracted coin experts, dignitaries and tourists from throughout Asia.

 

Address: No. 5 Zhangzhou Rd., Gulangyu Islet, Xiamen

Tel: 0592-2064295

Opening hours: 9:00 - 17:00

 

10). Museum of Anthropology 厦门大学人类学博物馆

Part of Xiamen University, this educational institute's fascinating collection of anthropological artefacts has been available for public viewing since 1953. Covering the evolution of mankind and culture, the exhibitions at the acclaimed Museum of Anthropology span from pre-history to the present day. A must-visit on any historian's itinerary, this museum provides an in-depth insight into Xiamen's cultural history, with something to appeal to all ages.

 

Address: Siming Nan Road, Xiamen, inside Xiamen University.

Tel: 0592-2186211

Opening hours: daily - 08:30 to 11:00 and 15:00 to 17:00

 

SOURCE: WOX Info

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