As a public museum and a landmark cultural facility combining the functions of collection, protection, research, and exhibitions, Tianjin Museum has received more than 2.4 million visitors from both home and abroad since its opening in December, 2004. It not only showcases visitors the enriched historical and cultural accumulation of Tianjin through time and space, but also adds a unique cultural atmosphere to Tianjin.
Located at the Galaxy Square in Tianjin downtown area, Tianjin Museum involves an investment of RMB 327 million yuan and covers an area of 57,000 square meters, with the construction area being 35,032 square meters. Opening on December 20, 2004, Tianjin Museum is a large-scale comprehensive historical and artistic museum based on the Tianjin History Museum and Tianjin Art Museum. In terms of external shape, it is similar to a swan that flies above the lake with clean and lively lines, full of strong visual appeal and vitality.
There are 200,000 various artifacts in Tianjin Museum, including bronzes, ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, jade, imperial jade seal, ink-slab, oracle bones, coins, historical documents, local crafts, and other categories of collections. Among them, the ancient ceramics, calligraphy, painting, ink slab, coins and contemporary and modern historical relics are especially outstanding.
In addition, the Tianjin Museum has a book and information centre, which contains 200,000 specialized books.
The collections in Tianjin Museum are rich in quantity and exquisite in quality, enjoying high reputation at home and aboard. These collections are not only extensive in range, but also forming various systems with their own characteristics. What’s more, the age of collections spans from primitive society to modern age. Among these collections, there are some valuable relics which deserve the reputation of “National Treasures”, such as the world-renowned bronze “Taibao Chinese ancient cooking vessel in Western Zhou Dynasty”. It is a rare four-legged square vessel with unique shape and exquisite casting and of historical value and high artistic value. The famous copy in Calligraphy history, the copy of Wang Xizhi’s “Calligraphy in the November 27th” in Tang Dynasty, is one of the earliest copies of Wang Xizhi’s cursive and retains its original elegant appearance well. Another world treasure collected by the Museum is Fan Kuan’s “the picture of snow and forest” from Northern Song Dynasty. It is one of the only two pictures of Fan Kuan, whose ink landscapes printings were the representatives of the North School in the mature period because of its magnificence and well-design.
Tianjin Museum is not only entrusted with the important mission of protecting intangible cultural heritage of the region, but also is a place to display Chinese civilization and to inherit the local history and culture of Tianjin. Within the museum, there are a series of thematic art displays like large-scale historical display “Look at China of the last century in Tianjin”, the large-scale cultural relics display “Collections in the past hundred years — the display of valuable relics in the museum”, and the “Ancient Chinese porcelain decorative arts display”.
Tianjin Museum, together with Tianjin Natural History Museum and Zhou Enlai & Deng Yingchao Memorial Hall, is embodied in the recently published list of national-level museums.