Tianyi Pavilion Museum – Ticket, Opening Hours, Location, and Highlights

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The Tianyi Pavilion Museum, or Tianyige Museum (天一阁博物院, Tianyi Pavilion Library), located in Ningbo City, was constructed during the mid-Ming Dynasty under the supervision of Fan Qin, a former right assistant minister of the Ministry of War who retired at the time. It stands as the oldest existing private library in China, as well as one of the oldest libraries in Asia and one of the earliest among the world’s three major family libraries. Many of its exhibition halls showcase the extensive collection of books gathered by the Fan family from all corners of the country.

Covering an area of approximately 34,000 square meters, the Tianyi Pavilion Museum houses a diverse array of artifacts, including ancient texts, calligraphy, stone inscriptions, various unearthed and handed-down ceramics, bronzes, jade articles, and local craftworks. As of 2019, the museum’s collection comprises nearly 300,000 volumes of ancient books, with a significant portion being historical materials such as local chronicles and examination records, including over 80,000 rare editions. The most precious items in the collection are local chronicles and examination records from the Ming Dynasty, totaling 271 and 370 kinds, respectively. Additionally, Tianyi Pavilion Museum features an intriguing Mahjong Museum, which has become a popular spot for visitors to take photos and create lasting memories.

The museum is divided into three main areas: the book culture area, the garden leisure area, and the exhibition area. The book culture area centers around the Tianyi Pavilion Library, supplemented by the concentrated display of the Fan family’s remaining residences, including the Dongming Cottage, the Fan family’s former residence, the Zunjing Pavilion, the Qianjin Study, and the Baoshu Building. These are combined with dispersed displays at multiple points to present the exhibition content in stages. The exhibition area includes the Qin Family Branch Ancestral Hall, the Furong Isle, the Wen Family Ancestral Hall, and the newly built painting and calligraphy hall. Adjacent to the Qin Family Ancestral Hall is the painting and calligraphy hall, comprising six buildings: Yunzailou, Boya Hall, Zhuojintang, Hualiantang, Zhuangyuanting, and Nanxuan. Exhibited artifacts include ancient texts, calligraphy, stone inscriptions, various ceramics, bronzes, jade articles, and local craftworks. Within the garden leisure area, visitors can explore attractions such as the Ming Pond, artificial mountains, corridors, stone inscriptions, the Hundred Goose Pavilion, and the Ninghui Hall.

Basic Information

Estimated Length of Tour2 hours
Ticket Price30 RMB
Opening Hours1st May – 31st October
8.30 – 17.30; Last admission: 17.00 (Tuesday – Sunday)
13.30 – 17.30; Last admission: 17.30 (Monday)
1st November – 30th April
8.30 – 17.00; Last admission: 16.30 (Tuesday – Sunday)
13.30 – 17.00; Last admission: 16.30 (Monday)
Telephone Number0086-0574-87293856

Location and Transportation

The Tianyi Pavilion Museum is located n the heart of Ningbo City. Its specific address is No. 10 Tianyi Street, Haishu District, Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, China. To get there, you can choose one of the following ways:

Bus: Take bus 9, 26, 371, or 512 and get off at Tianyige Yuehu Lake Scenic Area Stop (天一阁·月湖景区).

Metro: The closest metro station to Tianyi Pavilion Museum is Ximenkou (西门口) on line 1. After getting out of the station from Exit D, walk about 450 meters to the south to reach the museum.

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