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Entrance gate to museum courtyard, as seen from the street.

Type of locality:   Museum

Location:  Shandan City, Gansu Province

Google Earth views:

Google Earth View: Shandan Bailie School to Shandan Museum (original)
Google Earth view of S Central Shandan – Shandan Museum )original) to Nanhu Park

GPS co-ordinates:   N38.78122  E101.09005

Cost:   Free to visit

Access:   In theory the museum is open during working hours, but is often closed – contact Shandan Bailie School for assistance in organising a tour.
Website:   None

This museum contains a stunning collection of artifacts collected by Rewi Alley, and donated to the city of Shandan on his death.   They come from surrounding countryside, often found as he explored or farmed areas of land.   Only about 1/4 of the collection is on display; a larger museum is being built in 2015, which should enable the entire collection to be displayed, along with more interpretation panels.

Extract from a Shandan directory – explaining the origin of the Shandan museum artifacts  – why Rewi Alley donated them to this small town instead of one of the larger cities.

Explanation of Shandan Museum of Cultural Relics
Rewi donated approximately 3700 antiques that he collected in years to Shandan, his second hometown. Picture shows the opening ceremony of Rewi Alley Museum in 1982, with Rewi Alley officiating (5th from left). Photo from ‘Rewi Alley in China’ collection.

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This article is based on a report by Jane Furkert of her work: ‘An Independent Travellers’ Guide to Rewi Alley Locations in China, 2016’, that was funded by the Rewi Alley Friendship and Exchange (RAFE) Fund.