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New provincial museum nears completion

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Yunnan's largest collection of historical and archaeological artifacts will soon relocate to an updated home. After nearly four years of construction, the new Yunnan Provincial Museum is nearly complete and scheduled to open to the public in May.

The new facility sits on a ten hectare site near the eastern portion of Guangfu Lu in Kunming's Guandu District. Work on the building's bronze facade and interior structure is finished and construction crews are now installing utilities, tearing down temporary buildings and landscaping the surrounding gardens.

Workers are expected to begin the delicate task of moving the museum's 198,000 piece collection — which includes 500 objects deemed 'national treasures' — to the new location. The center will open it doors for a free exhibition on May 18, which is International Museum Day.

An artist's rendering of the central hall of the new Yunnan Provincial Museum
An artist's rendering of the central hall of the new Yunnan Provincial Museum

The building was created by architecture design firm Rocco, which among many other projects, drafted plans for the administrative headquarters building in Hong Kong. According to the firm's website, the Yunnan Provincial Museum blueprint:

...derive[s] from the potent imagery of Yunnan's famed local 'stone forest', the dramatic geological landscape sculpted by nature over millions of years. It is the geography of raw, powerful beauty combined with the idea of stacked boxe[s] holding diverse and fragile historical treasures.

In a further nod to Yunnan's reputation of having a generally pleasant environment, designers incorporated solar panels and a natural ventilation system to reduce the facility's carbon footprint. At 50,000 square meters, the 500 million yuan (US$82.6 million) building dwarfs the existing Provincial Museum on Wuyi Lu, which has 2,400 square meters of exhibition space.

Curators told reporters they expect the new space will afford them more opportunities to showcase the museum's extensive collection of bronzes, paintings and other cultural relics, only one-tenth of which is available for viewing at the current location. The Wuyi Lu location will remain open following the move, its focus shifting to hosting traveling art exhibitions.

Top image: CCWB
Bottom images: Rocco HK

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Excellent, I quite like the current museum, but more space and more chance to see the stuff they have (which I imagine will also be increasing with the number of digs around Yunnan) is great. Plus it should be just down the road... anyone have an exact address?

I can't seem to track down the address but will keep looking and add it to the article once I find it. Also, I added the hefty price tag amount to the article above.

I think it is on the southern side of Guangfu Road, just east of the intersection with Qianxing Road.

Don't think so ludwig, those are hospitals and shopping centres going up between Hua du hua yuan and da shang hui.... this could be it though going by the shape of it: 24° 57.155', 102° 45.136' (look in google satellite mode).

That is near Guandu old town too, which would make sense as it would complement the old town tourism wise...

Yes, that is it.

Its a good piece of news since this Museum will show the Yunnan culture elaborately & the visitors will be benefited much from it.
Wish a gr8 success ahead !!

It looks hideous.

it's not a look that's going to be to liked by everyone. what's worse is that the surface and colour of the computer model aren't so bad... the actual one resembles a rusty old shed! that said, i guess it's what's inside that counts!

Hopefully they dont put Tibetan mastiffs there, that should represent lions or some Pokemon figures as ancient artefacts. Since the general attitude in China is to fake-it-up - rather than say truth - and this mentality has (probably) multipled in recent years too, one may not put too much hope in a new grand museum, or anything related. Nevertheless, a museum should be made of documenting everything that has been destroyed.

Hey, anyone know if they actually opened the museum yet?

Well the artist's impressions are complete.

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