Profile of the History Museum of Nanjing University
May 20th, 2002, the History Museum of Nanjing
University was founded and opened to the public simultaneously.
More than 260,000 people have visited the History Museum up till
now. In 2004, the Museum was awarded “Jiangsu Province
Educational Base for Patriotism” by Propaganda Department of
Jiangsu Provincial Party Committee.
History Museum was located in the library of the University of
Nanking, with 1400 square metres in built-up area and 1000
square metres in dwelling area approximately. The name of our
museum was inscribed by Mr. Gu Yu-xiu, the former president of
National Central University when he was 99 years old. And the
whole museum is comprised of seven aspects, such as the hall
exhibiting the one hundred history of Nanjing University,
Nanjing University after 1978 and the prominent graduates from
the university, etc.
The Hall of Preface
When you enter the museum, you will see the blueprint of Gulou
and Xianlin campus. On the frontispiece wall, you can see our
school spirit, sincerity, simplicity, great and grandness. And
when you go upstairs, you will see the school gates, campus
scenery and the group photos of graduates in different periods
of time. We call it “Times of Tunnel”.
The Multimedia Hall
Multimedia Hall is on the second floor. In this hall, you will
hear the school song written by Jiang Qian, the president of
Nanjing Higher Normal School and melodized by Li Shu-tong, which
is playing with the modern digital means, and so does the video
about Nanjing University recording by CCTV and the TV station of
our university. With the tuneful melody, you will be deeply
impressed by the rich cultural distillation of our university.
The Hall of the university history
Exhibiting a lot of historical data, objects and photos in the
old days, this hall gives you a general impression of more than
one-hundred-year history of Nanjing University.
The University dates back to 1902 when
Sanjiang Normal School was founded. The School then evolved as
Liangjiang Normal School, Nanjing Higher Normal School, National
Southeast University, National Fourth Zhongshan University, and
National Central University. In August 1949, it was named
National Nanjing University. Today's Nanjing University is
formed mainly on the basis of the merging of the arts and
sciences schools of National Nanjing University and the
University of Nanking (a well-known university founded in 1888)
during the nationwide institutional and departmental
restructuring in 1952. The videos on the 60th, 80th,
90th and 100th anniversary of our
university are played repeatedly.
The Hall of the achievements
This hall is about disciplinary construction, personnel training,
scientific research, international exchange and so on. After
1978, China is opening to the outside world. The teachers and
students of our university obtained many awards, prizes in China
and across the world. Prof. Ren Mei-e won the Victoria Medal
awarded by the British Royal Geographic Academy. Prof. Min
Nai-ben won the first place in the Awards of National Natural
Sciences. Prof. Hu Fu-ming wrote the article of “Practice is the
Unique Criterion to Test Truth”. The former president, Kuang
Ya-ming was the editor in chief of the 200 thinkers’ biography.
The videos on the former General Secretary of CPC, Jiang
Ze-ming’s visit to our university, international exchange and
co-operation, etc are played in the hall.
The Hall of Prominent Graduates
This hall exhibits those great masters in Sciences and Arts,
schoolfellows in both the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the
Chinese Academy of Engineering, medal winners in the
“Two-Bomb-and-One-Satellite” Program, schoolfellows in Hongkong,
Macao, Taiwan and graduates among leaders like governors or
ministers, etc. By man-machine interaction, visitors may watch
videos of more than 300 outstanding figures graduated from our
Thematic Hall of the Medal Winners in the
This Hall is a thematic one mainly about what the
“Two-Bomb-and-One-Satellite” Program is and the great
achievements that the working members have made during the
1960s. Through scientists’ affecting stories and great
contributions, visitors will learn the spirit of
“Two-Bomb-and-One-Satellite”, that is the devotion to the
motherland, selfless dedication, and self-reliance etc.
In order to introduce the History Museum of Nanjing University more
in detail, the staffs of our museum produce a compact disc
recording the exhibition contents and important videos, which is
a precious souvenir for visitors.
The History Museum of Nanjing University is free to the public from
Monday to Friday (8:30pm-11:30am 2:30pm-5:30pm)every week.
Visitors from all walks of life are welcomed. At the same time,
various kinds of historical material, objects and photos, etc
related to Nanjing University are welcomed as well.
The Archives of Nanjing University
The History Museum of Nanjing University