This page includes links to museums and galleries featuring permanent collections of Chinese painting and/or art, plus online collections. Some temporary exhibitions are listed here. (CBPS is not responsible for the content of any of these sites).
Museums and Galleries featuring Chinese Painting and Art
- Bristol Art Gallery
- Museum of Est Asian Art, Bath. NOTE : The Museum will be closed to the public between 13 – 26 May 2019.
- Terracotta Warriors Museum, Dorchester
- British Museum, London
- V&A, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
- Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and online collection
- Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford, has oriental objects in the eccentric collection
- Compton Verney, Warwickshire, has wonderful antique bronzes
- Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
- Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery has a large collection of Japanese prints.
- Durham University Oriental Museum
- The Burrell Collection, Glasgow. NOTE that the Burrell Collection is closed from October 2016 until 2020!
- National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
- Musee Guimet, Paris
- Musee Cernusci, Paris
- Asian Art Museum, Berlin (Museum für Asiatische Kunst). NOTE this closed until 2019 when it will re-open at a new central venue just off Unter den Linden. It is still holding exhibitions in other venues, so check the website.
- Museum for East Asian Art, Koln (Cologne)
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, has a small Asian Pavilion.
- Ostasiatiska Museet, Oriental Art Museum, Stockholm
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, & online collection & digitised journals to download. A video touring the Chinese collections of the Metropolitan Museum in New York – a great overview of different media, periods, styles and imagery, and a glimpse of the richness of the Met’s collection.
- Smithsonian – Freer & Sackler Galleries, Washington DC
- Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
- Asian Art collection at Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey
- Harvard Art Museums, Boston, Massachusetts
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
- Peabody-Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts – has a complete Chinese courtyard house, the Yin Yu Tang. NOTE: some areas closed for refurbishment/expansion, so check before visiting.
- Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
- Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas city
- Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii
- China. Of course, there is plenty of Chinese Art in China. Most Chinese cities have an art museum, so we can’t list them all here.
- Palace Museum, Beijing
- National Art Museum of China, NAMOC, Beijing
- Shanghai Museum
- Nanjing Museum
- Terracottta Army, Xi’an
- Sanxingdui Museum, Guanghan, Sichuan: amazing bronze masks
- Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, Guangzhou, Guangdong
- National Palace Museum, Taiwan, and their online images. This can be searched by dynasty and category (painting, calligraphy etc).
The University of Cambridge have digitised the famous Ten Bamboo Studio Manual of Painting and Calligraphy, an early printed manual of paintings. More information in a video about the Huntington’s copy of the Manual, with more information in their blog, and on the manual’s publisher Hu Zhengyan.
Find inspiration in these Japanese prints of snowy scenes in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. (Click on the menu on the left and then scroll down to see them all).
There is also the Virtual collection of Asian Masterpieces (VCM): an innovative project of the Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS) that presents a vast collection of Asian masterpieces through the web.