Founded in 1965, Qingdao Museum is an integrated local museum of history and arts. It is one of China’s first batch of Class-I museums and a key unit for ancient books protection. In 2000, the new Qingdao Museum was officially opened to the public in Laoshan. The new museum covers a land area of 105 mu and has a floor space totaling 30,000 m2. The main building of the new museum has three stories above ground and one story underground, and includes 16 exhibition halls and a winding corridor. The total exhibition area exceeds 7,000 m2. Qingdao Museum has become a cultural landmark and a marvelous cultural spot in Qingdao.
Now the museum has a collection of over 30 categories and 160,000 pieces of curios, including calligraphy and paintings, pottery, porcelain and jade wares and ancient coins. Many of them are rare treasures in the world.
Presently, there is a permanent show entitled “The History of Qingdao” and five other special shows on ancient coins, porcelain arts from Ming and Qing Dynasties, woodcut New Year pictures, ancient arts and crafts, and Gao Fenghan’s calligraphy and paintings. These exhibitions are intended to show the cream of Qingdao’s history and the broad collection of artifacts of the museum. Besides, there are temporary shows of artworks and cultural relics of different themes on an irregular basis.
The museum has a public service area where data show and query and electronic guide services in Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean languages are provided. Other facilities include an auditorium, VIP reception room, visitors’ lounge and shopping facilities. Visitors may also feel different cultures in the special areas for modern arts, visitor interaction and selected works appreciation.
Qingdao Museum has become an important cultural center in Qingdao, an important window on the Chinese culture and Qingdao’s history and culture and an important bridge connecting Chinese and foreign cultures.