China Maritime Museum Opens in Shanghai

. July 7, 2010 . 0 Comments

The China Maritime Museum has opened in Shanghai. The 500-million-yuan museum (US$73.8 million) covers three floors and 46,434 square meters, and has an outdoor display area. From the outside it appears like an abstract ship with a sail filled with wind, next to a sphere representing the world.

China Maritime Museum functions for cultural relics collection, academic research, social education, exhibition and science popularization, it is composed of six exhibition halls, two special exhibition zones, two science movie theatres and a children’s amusement centre.

By contrasting the past, present and future of China’s maritime industry, the Museum aims to foster the brilliant civilization and fine traditions of the Chinese nation, carry forward the spirit of “Patriotism, Good-neighborliness, Friendship and Scientific Navigation” and create a unique cultural atmosphere of Shanghai international shipping centre.

The museum features the history and the routes of famous Chinese navigator, explorer, diplomat and admiral Zheng He (1371-1435), and commemorates his voyages around 600 years ago.

It displays around 420 models of boats and ships, valuable relics, charts, navigation equipment, and artifacts in multimedia, interactive exhibits.

Exhibits include maps of the route of Zheng’s voyages and the Da Ming Hun Yi Tu (World Map of the Ming Dynasty) drawn in 1389. It is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved maps of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). There are also ancient ships?logs meticulously recording daily events.

China Maritime Museum is the second national-grade museum project of Mainland China by YAOX after China Science and Technology Museum

China Maritime Museum No.197 Shengang Avenue, Lingang New City, Pudong New District, Shanghai China 201306 Tel: 86-021-38287777 Fax: 86-021-51379999

www.mmc.gov.cn/english/index.aspx

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