24 museums in Zhejiang receive national grading
Copper sculptures by a local artist are on display at Hangzhou Arts & Crafts Museum in December 2019. [Photo/IC]
The Chinese Museum Association recently announced the fourth batch of China's first-, second-, and third-grade museums.
A total of 24 museums on the new list are based in East China's Zhejiang province.
Of the 74 national first-grade museums on the list, seven are located in Zhejiang cities. They are the headquarters of West Lake Museum in Hangzhou, China National Tea Museum in Hangzhou, Hangzhou Arts & Crafts Museum in Hangzhou, Tianyige Museum in Ningbo, China Port Museum in Ningbo, Nanhu Revolutionary Memorial Hall in Jiaxing, and Zhoushan Museum in Zhoushan.
Tianyi Pavilion, also known as Tianyige Museum, is built as the private library for Fan Qin (1506-1585), a retired high-ranking official returning to his hometown of modern-day Ningbo during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It is now the oldest private library still standing in Asia. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]