Hubei Provincial Museum
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 Ball 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. If you want to see this, however, you should get to the hall early and be ready to fight for tickets (20 RMB).
Address: 156 Donghu Lu, Wuchang District, Wuhan
Admission: Free, (chime bell performance 20 RMB)
Opening hours: 09:00-17:00 (closed on Mondays)
Transportation: take bus 14, 108, 402, 411, 552, 578, 701, 709
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