Guangdong Provincial Museum

Guangdong Provincial Museum
The museum is located on Wenming Road, on the corner with Yuexiu Road,
on what was the original site of Zhongshan University.

Guangdong Provincial Museum
Entrance fee is 15 yuan

There are two separate buildings. The building which housed the original Zhongshan university is now the Lu Xun Memorial Hall where you can see an exhibition of objects related Lu Xun and some other intellectuals who influenced Chinese modernization and indirectly prepared the way for the communist revolution. All notices are only in Chinese so I could not understand it as well as I would have liked. You can find further information in the links at the bottom of this page.

The new building to the right contains several distinct exhibitions and has notices in English. As you enter the main door, to the right, you can find a very impressive historical exhibition of Chaozhou wood carving which is well worth seeing. You can see screens and other objects elaborately carved in wood and see an explanation of the different techniques used in the art. No photography is allowed in the museum but I disabled the flash and managed to sneak some passable pictures.

Chaozhou wood carving

Chaozhou wood carving

Chaozhou wood carving

Chaozhou wood carving

Chaozhou wood carving

Chaozhou wood carving

 

The next section on the ground floor is an exhibition of modern ceramic figures done in traditional Shiwan (Foshan) style. Each window is dedicated to a different author with a brief biography and some examples of their work. Unfortunately my photos did not come out too well.

Shiwan Ceramic

Shiwan Ceramic

Shiwan Ceramic

 

Upstairs you have a section dedicated to the history of the city of Guangzhou from prehistoric times to modern days. Guangzhou was always a center of trade with foreign nations and many of the objects from the semi-colonial years come from England (postcards and other documents).

Another section contains old Chinese pottery and china wares.

Another section, which I found less interesting, contains posters in traditional Chinese calligraphy.

On the whole the museum is well worth the visit.

Links with further information about the Museum and the Lu Xun Memorial Hall:
    http://www.newsgd.com/culture/art/200306180039.htm
    http://www.ctcol.com/tourline/egzti/wenyu_bo001.htm