Museums 2012-12-12 17:35

Tianjin Museum

Located at Yinhe Square, Hexi District, it’s a large scale comprehensive cultural museum & touring site, integrating cultural relics collection, protection, study, education and entertainment into one entity. The museum looks like a swan going to fl y in exterior shape, with smooth lines, and it’s full of elements of times and art. It accommodates over 200 thousand pieces of relics, including unearthed, inherited relics and folk craftwork, such as oracle bones, bronze wares, potteries, porcelain, jade, royal seals, inkstones, paintings and books, antique money coins, stamps, etc., among which nearly one thousand pieces are national fi rst class cultural relics.

Tianjin Natural History Museum

Located at 206 Machang Road, Hexi District, it was approved as national A class museum, a comprehensive museum incorporating many fields, e.g, animals, plants, paleontologic and geological lives, etc. It accommodates nearly 400 thousand pieces of specimen of animals and plants, as well as fossils of paleontology and palaeoanthropology, ranking the fi rst of such in China. Ocean World Hall was newly added here in 2004, presenting fi sh and other marine lives.

Tianjin Science and Technology Museum

Located at Longchang Road, Hexi District, it’s a national 3A class touring sight and scientifi c education base. With a fl oor area of 30,000 m2 and a building area of 21,000 m2, it was formally opened to the public in 1995. Mr. Shiingshen Chern, the late international mathematician and American Chinese, had been honor director. There are 12 halls exhibiting over 300 pieces (sets), above 90% being operable. Its main global building, Universe Opera, features 360° sphere movie showing equipment and digital electric planetarium system, is the only theatre with planetarium function in China mainland till now. The collections at the museum integrate science, knowledge, fun, participation and art into one entity, introducing scientifi c and technological knowledge vividly by modern means, such as sound, light, electricity and computer, thus tourists may participate in the operation and experience the fun of science and technology.

The Memorial to Zhou Enlai and Deng Yingchao

Located at 1 Shuishanggongyuanbei Road, Nankai District, it was built in memory of the couple of Zhou Enlai and Deng Yingchao, and opened in 1998. Comrade Jiang Zemin inscribed the name for the Memorial. It has Viewing Hall, Life Hall, Cultural Relics Library and Literature Information Center, etc., accommodating up to ten thousand of literatures and pictures, as well as hundreds of precious articles. The original scene of Xihua Hall at Zhongnanhai, where Zhou Enlai and Deng Yingchao once worked and lived, reappeared in 2008, exhibiting not only the original sight of Xihua Hall of Zhongnanhai during the 1950’s to 1960’s, but also many articles that Premier Zhou once used.

Guangdong Guild Hall

Located at south of Gulou of the old city of Tianjin, it was built in the 29th year of Guangxu Period, Qing Dynasty (1903). It’s the only guild building of Qing Dynasty with the largest scale and most elaborate decoration in Tianjin till now. It has become Tianjin Theatre Museum, a national cultural protected unit. Sun Yat-Sen once visited here to give a lecture in 1912. The Theatre Hall is its main building, a wood structure rare in China. There are three exhibition halls in the museum, presenting over 4,000 pieces of articles and collections related with the theatre.

Confucian Temple Museum

Located at Dongmenli Street, Nankai District, also called Kongmiao Temple, it’s a place for respecting and remembering Confucius, and also aneducation place of Tianjin. It was built in the fi rst year of Zhengtong Period, Ming Dynasty (1436), with a fl oor area of 15,000 m2, consisting of two paralleled temples, i.e., Province Temple and County Temple, as well as Minglun Hall. It’s the only well preserved building complex of Ming and Qing Dynasties with the largest scale. There are reproduced exhibition of the Great Hall of Confucius Temple and Exhibition of Confucius’s life in the museum. The periodically held Sacrifying Confucius Event & Instrumental Theme Performance has become a touring culture brand with profound infl uence.

Folk-custom Community Center

Located at south of Ancient Culture Street, Nankai District, it has a total building area of over 3,000 m2. It mainly introduces unique and special folk custom of Tianjin festival, commercial and wedding custom, etc., during the 1920’s and 1930’s through 1970’s and 1980’s, thus tourists can learn about life custom and status of Tianjin people at that time.

Porcelain House

Located at Chifeng Road, Heping District, this Antique Porcelain Museum was elaborately built over six years on the base of a French-style building. There are over 4,000 pieces ancient porcelain wares, over 400 pieces of white marble sculptures, over 20 tons of crystals and carnelians as well as tens of thousands of porcelain pieces. The museum collects essences of various dynasties, e.g., celadon porcelainof Jin Dynasty, Tang Tri-Color pottery of Tang Dynasty, Jun Porcelain and Longquan Porcelain of Song Dynasty, Blue and White Porcelain of Yuan Dynasty and Ming Dynasty, as well as Famille Rose Porcelain of Qing Dynasty. Its exterior wall is decorated with over six hundred ancient porcelain vases, and is named as Safety Wall.

Huayun Museum(Yue Weixian Restaurant)

Located at Hebei Road, Heping District, it was built in 1937, designed by an Italian architect, the fi rst private museum in Tianjin, and a cultural protection unit, whose principal building is named Gedalou. Ma Lianliang, the peking opera master, once lived here. The museum exhibits over 100 kinds, over 3,000 pieces cultural relics, including typical wares of various historical periods from Xizhou to Qing Dynasty of China history, e.g., bronze wares, porcelain, wood sculptures, stone sculptures as well as white marbles of Beiqi, Beiwei, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. It’s named Huayun Museum, to describe the profound ancient cultural essence of China. Now in the museum there is a special restaurant of Guangdong style, and it is thus known as Edible Museum.

Mazu Temple

Located at the center of Ancient Culture Street, west of Sancha Hekou, it was built in Yuan Dynasty, and is the oldest temple well preserved till now. Mazu Temple at Tianjin, together with Mazu Temple at Meizhou, Fujian Province, and Chaotian Palace at Beigang, Taiwan, are TopThree Mazu Temples in the world. It is also a center of Mazu culture research in north China, attracting from all over attention. The Tianjin History Exhibition and Tianjin Folk Custom Exhibition in the palace introduce the formation and development of Tianjin, Tianjin shipping history, Mazu belief custom, Tianjin folk custom and seasonable culture.

Museum of Mazu Temple of Yuan-Ming-Qing Dynasties

Located at Dazhiguzhong Road, Hedong District, it’s a historical museum showing ancient construction sites, Mazu belief phenomenon and its culture formation and process as well as Tianjin urban formation and development history. The establishment of the Dazhigu Tianfei Lingci Palace, the fi rst Mazu temple of north China, was over 100 years earlier than the establishment of Tianjin guard city which was built in the 2nd Year of Yongle Period of Ming Dynasty (1404). The central hall, its principal building, is showing the construction foundation site ofYuan Dynasty, unearthed by archaeologists, as well as Tianfei Palace Grand Hall Foundation Site of Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. The palace exhibits over 200 pieces of relics and over 300 pictures found in the site, divided into four sections, i.e., Profound Ocean, Magic Mazu, City of River and Sea as well as Eternal Site.

Yijuyong Spirits Culture Museum

Located at Ninghe Economic Development Area, it’s the first Wine Culture museum in Tianjin. It mainly has Principal Exhibition Hall, Rose Pub,Product Exhibition Hall, Herbs Painting Corridor and Old Advertisement Corridor, etc., showing the development histories of Tianjin wine cultureand Yijuyong.