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Journeys in time 2010-5-24 National Treasures (29) -Lasting heritage

05-24-2010 20:54 BJT


Museums are, of course, the places we most associate with collecting, keeping and exhibiting cultural relics. The number and quality of a country’s museums are often taken as a sign of its level of civilization. China’s first museum – in the modern sense of the word – was a private one, established at the beginning of the 20th century in the city of Nantong. In the century since then, the development of museums in the country can be described as slow and steady. The founding of New China in 1949 precipitated the establishing of a number of world-famous museums, among them the Palace Museum in Beijing, and Shanghai Museum.

Prior to the founding of the People’s Republic of China, many precious cultural relics were lost, due to the turbulent political situation. After 1949, by contrast, the country’s museums became objects of social concern. Substantial donations were made, which helped the museums develop rapidly.

Ningbo(宁波) Museum, when it opened in 2008, was an object of great praise among scholars. It was proclaimed as the model of a new trend for Chinese museums. So, what’s so special about this museum?

A museum is a place for discovering a nation’s past, and its present; it’s also a place for tracing the development of civilizations. China’s many museums, and the vast collections of relics they house, are powerful witnesses to the long and splendid history of Chinese civilization.

Editor:James |Source: CNTV.CN

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