Henan Museum

Henan Museum

The Henan Museum is a history and archaeology museum. It has a collection of more than 130,000 pieces of cultural relics through the ages. Its collection in the history of human, prehistoric relics, bronze wares from Shang and Zhou Dynasties, delicate tomb antiques of the Han Dynasty, tri-colored glazed pottery (tangsaicai) of the Tang Dynasty and porcelains of the Song Dynasty all have their fancy masterpieces displayed here. The museum is also home to many relics of natural history including dinosaur bones and fossils.They are of high academic and artistic values.

In the past several decades, the collecting, protection, research, and exhibition of this museum’s artifacts as well as their promotion and educational material on them have seen great advances. Objects from the Museum’s collections have traveled to America, Japan, England, Germany, France, Australia, and Denmark for exhibition and have been widely praised.

Why is Henan Museum So Special?

The Henan Museum is one of China’s oldest museums. Henan Museum was first built in 1927, with a history of over 80 years, which occupies an area over 100,000 square meters, with a floor area of 78,000 square meters. Henan is situated in the middle reaches of the Yellow River. Its ancient name is Zhongzhou, or central region. It is one of the important areas for the rise of the Chinese people’s early civilization. Because of this, exhibitions in this museum are mostly related to the ancient history and culture of the Henan region, including objects, historical traces, ancient architecture, archaeological discoveries and arts and crafts.

Architecture and Security Systems

Being simple and imaginative in appearance, the magnificent main building which is at the center of the museum demonstrates a novel shape, like a pyramid. The exterior style of the museum came from the ancient astronomical observatory built in the Yuan Dynasty in Dengfeng City of Henan province. The complete map of the celestial sphere painted on the roof inside vestures the hall with an air of mystery especially when the sunbeam casting though the roof into the hall, giving people below an illusion of standing under a starry sky at nights. Behind the main building is a storeroom for culture relics, around it there are the electrified education building, combined service building, office building and training building.

The Henan Museum’s security systems of surveillance and alarms are consolidated into a central unit, to ensure the safety of the objects. The automatic management system of the buildings can monitor and adjust all of the surveillance and condition systems of the various buildings to protect the collections and exhibited objects and to control the required levels of temperature and humidity.

The new museum is designed with a combination of both traditional architecture and pathbreaking new technology, displaying primitive simplicity and elegance.

How to Get There

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If you want to get rid of hustle of public transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers sightseeing dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Henan Museum with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on sightseeing.

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Traffic routes: Buses (B1, 83, 32, 39, 42, 61, 69, 96) taxis (about 10 kilometers from Zhengzhou Railway Station, 18 minutes’drive, the fare is about 25 yuan)