The Jilin Provincial Museum located in Changchun City, Jilin Province, covers an area of 2,000 square metres. The museum is built on the original palace site of the Emperor Pu Yi, last emperor of the Qing Dynasty, who later became a puppet emperor of Manchukuo during the Anti-Japanese war. The museum has many sections with exhibits from the Paleolithic Age and Neolithic Age through the Yuan Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty.
Among more than 2,000 exhibits, historic and cultural relics excavated in Jinlin Province predominate. The range of artefacts, from Wangfutun Man in Prehistoric Times to the Opium War (1839 - 1842) reflects the historical development of Jinlin Province. Included is a collection of calligraphic masterpieces and paintings by famous Chinese poets and painters in ancient times. Works by painters such as Zhang Daqian and Qi Baishi, are also displayed. The museum also searches for and gathers paintings handed down from ancient times but not collected by the Qing Dynasty government. Visitors can see jade, porcelain, bronze articles and lacquers. These items were excavated in Jilin Province: iron armour, a bronze board ornament, a pair of white jade earrings and a bronze harness of the Gaojuli People a bronze mirror with inscriptions of the Khitan People in the Liao Dynasty (916 - 1125), a purple glazed bowl of the Jing Dynasty (1115 - 1234) and a fresco facsimile from a princess's tomb. These relics conjure up images of the rich cultural development of Jinlin Province.
The museum holds special displays of different themes. With its variety of relics, the museum attracts a constant flow of visitors from both home and abroad.