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Hubei Provincial Museum

 Wuhan Attractions

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Introduction to Hubei Provincial Museum (湖北省博物馆)

The museum is an exhibit of ancient Chinese artifacts excavated throughout Hubei Province. The displays range from pottery, jewelry, clothing, and even ancient human skulls. The most attractive are the well-preserved ancient musical instruments. There is a daily brief concert played on reproductions instruments. The museum continues to be one of Wuhan's most popular sightseeing attractions. 

The Hubei Provincial Museum, located in the Wuchang District of Wuhan near the East Lake, it is the only provincial museum in the province. Established in 1953, it has gone through considerable changes, updates and complete makeovers. Presently there are over 200,000 relics on display, and allows visitors to see jade, bronze vessels, ancient weapons, pottery, porcelain and ancient musical instruments.

The museum is divided into three parts: the Chime Bell Exhibition Hall, the Chu Culture Exhibition (Spring and Autumn Period 770 BC – 476 BC), and the Comprehensive Exhibition building. If you don’t have the time to visit Xi’an you can see some of its famous terracotta warriors in the Comprehensive building and also mummified horses, carriages and models of what the Chinese landscape looked like several hundred years ago. 

But the part I believe most travellers will enjoy is the Chime Bell Exhibition Hall. Here you can see an impressive array of artifacts taken from the Yi tomb, which is dated to the highly romanticised era of the Warring States Period (476 BC – 221 BC). One of the most incredible relics on display is a set of bronze bells. These things are colossal and are beautiful crafted and preserved. When you see them you can’t help but be blown away by their splendor.

Every 15 minutes the museum puts on a demonstration using these and other classical instruments—giving visitors a real Bronze Age-style concert.

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No. 156 Donghu Road, Wuchang District, Wuhan 

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Main Sights

Chime Bell Exhibition Hall, Chu Culture Exhibition

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Travel Information

Admission: Free (20 Yuan for Chime Bell Performance)

Opening Hours: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (Closed Monday) 

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1. Take buses 14, 108, 402, 411, 552, 578, 701 or 709.  

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Travel Tips 

1. Try to avoid visiting the Hubei Provincial Museum during Golden Week and summer holidays where the crowds and number of visitors will be substantially higher than usual.



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