Profile of the History Museum of Nanjing University

On 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.

The 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

The 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 university.


The Thematic Hall of the Medal Winners in the “Two-Bomb-and-One-Satellite” Program

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.


Tel: 025-83597429



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