Zhejiang Provincial Museum formerly known as the West Lake Museum, was built in 1929. Situated at the southern foot of the Solitary Hill, it affords a picturesque lake view. Visiting to Hangzhou, this is a must-see site among innumerous worthwhile cultural and natural attractions. Originally built in 1929 and used to be called Zhejiang Provincial-Level Museum of West Lake, Zhejiang Provincial Museum is the largest comprehensive center of literae humaniores in Zhejiang province for collecting, displaying and studying antiques and valuable articles of culture and history. The amount of collection is more than ten thousand. The typical articles are pottery, lacquerwork, wooden handicraft, bone-ware and ivory-ware of Hemudu Culture Relics as well as the jadeware and silk products of Liangzhu Culture Relics. The highlights also include the bronze-ware, porcelains made in Yue Ceramic Kiln, Longquan Ceramic Kiln and imperial ceramic kilns of Southern Song Dynasty. In addition, the treasured ancient bronze-made mirrors of Shaoxing and Huzhou and the masterpieces or artworks of painters and calligraphists of Zhejiang province in Ming and Qing Dynasties are all available in collection of Zhejiang Museum. These treasures are famous and represent the cultural history of Zhejiang province.
Devoted to the collection, study and display of various objects, Zhejiang Provincial Museum is the most comprehensive on the humanity studies. Of over 100,000 treasured cultural relics, the world-famous ones are pottery and lacquer wares, wooden, bone and ivory objects dating from the Hemudu Culture (5200 BC-4500BC), jade articles and silk fabrics from the Liangzhu Culture, bronze wares from the State of Yue in the Warring States Period (475 BC-221 BC), celadon wares from the Yue Kiln, Longquan Kiln and the Imperial Kiln of the Southern Song Dynasty ( 1127-1279), the Guiji Mirror and the Huzhou Mirror as well as works of the calligraphers and artists of Zhejiang Province in the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Zhejiang Provincial Museum has showed seven thousand years' history with various and colorful relics. Relics have been displayed all the year long in Historical Relics Hall、Painting & Calligraphy Hall、Celadon Hall 、Handicraft Hall. At present, irregularly holds a variety of special exhibitions from home and abroad in the Exbition Hall of Lasting Objects. Apart from the above exhibitions, the Museum has the Memorial Hall of Huang Binhong in Xixia Ridge and the Memorial Hall of Sha Menghai in Longyou Rd. In addition, Zhejiang West Lake Gallery , set up in 1999, has taken another course for its further development.
Boasting a collection of over 100,000 invaluable cultural relics which include 158 items of the first grade, it is a treasure chest of ancient Chinese history and culture. The world-famous ones are: pottery and lacquer wares, wooden, bone and ivory objects dating from the Hemudu Culture (5200-4500BC), jade articles and silk fabrics from the Liangzhu Culture, bronze wares and weapons from the State of Yue in the Warring States Period (475-221BC), celadon wares from the Yue Kiln, Longquan Kiln and the Imperial Kiln produced through the dynasties from the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220) to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Other exhibits include the works of Zhejiang's painting and calligraphy masters of the Ming and Qing dynasties such as Zhao Mengfu's calligraphic work, and paintings by Wu Changshuo, etc.
Currently, the Museum has seven exhibition halls, namely, the Historical and Cultural Relics Hall, Celadon Hall, Calligraphy and Paintings Hall, Hall of Hemudu Culture, Zhejiang Handicrafts Hall, Hall of Gifts, and the International Cultural Exchange Hall, the most famous of which is Celadon Hall.
In recent years, the Museum has not only held a series of international academic seminars and several exhibitions in Germany, France, japan and Singapore, etc., but also published many books on cultural relics, including the academic journal Dongfang Bowu ( oriental Museology) and 7000 Years of Zhejiang. The Museum now ranks among the noted museums both at home and abroad.
Works on cultural relics published by the Museum include Relics Collection of Zhejiang Provincial Museum, Landscape Paintings of Huang Binhong, Celadon Porcelains of Longquan Kiln, Cultural Relics of Zhejiang Province, and so on.
How to get there: Bus 850: Wulin Square--Wulin Gate--Pine Yard--Yellow Dragon Cave--Fifteenth Junior High School--Yue Grave--Xilin Bridge--Zhejiang Provincial Museum Bus 7: Railway Station--Guanxiangkou--Hubin--Children's Palace--Broke Bridge (then walk to Zhejiang Provincial Museum)