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In the embrace of the verdant and beautiful Yuexiu Mountain, Guangzhou Museum is located in Zhenhai Tower. The tower was initially built along with the protective walls on top of the mountain in 1380, when Guangzhou underwent significant reconstruction. It was nominated as one of the Eight Sights of the City of Goats, and is still one of the Top Ten Tourist Attractions of Guangzhou today. In 1928, Zhenhai Tower was renovated and opened to the public again as Guangzhou Municipal Museum on 11 February, 1929. Guangzhou Municipal Museum is the predecessor of Guangzhou Museum, being one of the earliest museums in China. It was renamed the Municipal Library and Museum during 1941 to 1945 and then restored the previous name until it changed into the present name Guangzhou Museum in 1950.

Under successive development, Guangzhou Museum houses several exhibition areas besides Zhenhai Tower, including Guangzhou Art Gallery, Memorial of the Anti-British Invasion of Sanyuanli People and Memorial of the March 29th Uprising Headquarters.

Guangzhou Museum is a comprehensive historical museum. Featuring local culture, the museum shoulders the mission of collecting, preserving and interpreting the relics of the Guangzhou City. Our permanent exhibition Guangzhou History offers a kaleidoscopic array of the city history and culture for the visitors through nearly 1,000 exhibits.


Zhenhai Tower Exhibition Area

The Zhenhai Tower, where the museum is located, has been called the First Tower of South China and served as one of the old Guangzhou's most famous monuments. The tower's mountainous location provides a bird's eye view of the city. Numerous poems and articles praising the tower scenery have been left behind since its construction. The Exhibition of Guangzhou History displayed inside is to illustrate the culture and history of Guangzhou over 5,000 years by nearly 1,000 exhibits. Thematic exhibitions of many varieties are also periodically hosted.

Art Gallery Exhibition Area

Incorporating both Chinese and western styles, Art Gallery of Guangzhou Museum was built in 1929 and inaugurated the next year in memory of Deng Zhongyuan, a general of the 1911 Revolution. The building is now a municipal heritage site. Two permanent exhibitions Gems Left by Overseas Trade and History of the Earth and Evolution of Life are displayed inside. A veranda of stone tablets was later completed in 1987 surrounding the gallery. Inside the zigzag and quiet veranda displayed a total of 201 calligraphy works by celebrated Chinese calligraphers from different periods.

Memorial of the Anti-British Invasion of Sanyuanli People


Sanyuanli Temple was built in the early Qing Dynasty, and once served as an assembly place where villagers gathered and directed a fight against the British troops. This incident marked the first great victory of the Chinese civilians against foreign aggressors. After becoming a memorial, the temple was promulgated as one of the first important historical sites under the state's protection. Permanent exhibition of History of Anti-British Invasion of Sanyuanli People is on display.


Memorial of the March 29th Uprising Headquarters


This Lingnan-featured house once served as the headquarters of the famous March 29th Uprising. Despite the fact that the uprising failed, it marked the beginning of the 1911 Revolution. The memorial was set up here in 1958 and was promulgated to be an important historical site under the provincial government's protection in 1962. Permanent exhibition of History of March 29th Uprising in 1911 is on display.

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