The Joy of Museums

Finding Meaning in Art & History

Masterpieces of the National Museum of China

National Museum of China foyer showing Temple of Heaven model

The National Museum of China, covers Chinese history from the Yuanmou Man of 1.7 million years ago to the end of the Qing Dynasty, the last imperial dynasty in Chinese history/ It has a collection of over 1 million objects with many rare artifacts not to be found in museums anywhere else in the world.

Among the many historical and cultural objects in The National Museum of China the following are highlights:

  • Han Dynasty jade burial suit
  • Copperplate for printing the Great Ming one string banknote
  • Red lacquer box from the Qing Dynasty
  • Bronze cannon, (1332), Yuan Dynasty
  • A Song Dynasty copy of the Portraits of Periodical Offering of Liang

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Photo Credit: By Daniel Case (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons