Yixing Porcelain Museum, hailed as an “Oriental Pearl” and “the Capital of Porcelain”, is the oldest professional Porcelain museum in China with a history of about 50 years. It is also the largest and the only local museum in China at present, regarding as a center for the exhibition, research, manufacturing and trade of ceramic art and ware. The museum covers a total area of over 20,000 square meters and the exhibition hall covers an area of more than 3,000 square meters. As an influential large-scale museum, Yixing Porcelain Museum enjoys higher popularity and prestige both at home and abroad. The museum collections in various historical periods vividly portray the history of Porcelain and the splendid ceramic culture in Yixing.
In the history of over 7,000 years from the Neolithic Period until now, Porcelain have been the highlights of Yixing and there have been a variety of wonderful museum pieces produced by numerous skilful craftsmen, such as the potteries of the Han Dynasty, the celadon of the Jin Dynasty, Purple Stoneware of the Ming and Qing dynasties and the glaze-colored potteries in the contemporary era.
The museum consists of 16 exhibition halls, including the Ancient Porcelain Hall, the Masterpiece Hall, the Refined Pottery Hall, the Celadon Hall and the Purple Stoneware Hall. There are more than 8,000 ceramic pieces displayed in the exhibition halls, reflecting the evolution of Porcelain in the course of history in Yixing and the museum also displays pieces with the highest level of art. Besides, each year, a number of other excellent ceramic pieces designed by professional designers.
Over the years, Yixing Porcelain Museum has hosted a number of activities at home and abroad, receiving numerous tourists across the world. Meanwhile, as an important carrier of the culture in Yixing, Yixing Porcelain Museum is regarded as the base of patriotic and moral education for the young people in Jiangsu province, Wuxi City, Yixing City and Dingshu Town at present, playing an important part in the development of the city.