How to Visit Nanjing Massacre Museum

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Plan your Nanjing Tour? Nanjing Massacre Museum is the big draw on your Nanjing trip. The museum’s official name is called the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders (侵华日军南京大屠杀遇难同胞纪念馆).

The museum tells the overwhelming atrocities of raping, killing, burning and looting committed by the Japanese forces of aggression during the six weeks from December 13 to January, 1938. In the massacre, a total of 300,000 people were killed including 28 mass slaughters and 858 occasional slaughters.

The Massacre Museum was open to the public on August 15, 1985. It was renovated and revamped in 1995. The museum is constructed on the site of one of the mass graves known as Jiangdongmen Mass Grave where over 10000 corpses of victims were buried. The museum is located in the west of Nanjing city with its address at No.418, Jiangdongmen Street.

The Massacre Museum has a total area of 30,000 square meters with 9 gates. It is mainly composed of four sections: Site Square, Exhibition Area. Mass Grave of 10000 Corpse and Peace Park with a total area of 30,000 square meters.

We are thankful for Iris Chang who has let the people around world better know the massacre.  Iris Shun-Ru Chang (March 28, 1968 – November 9, 2004) was an American-born Chinese journalist, best known for her best-selling “The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II”.

How to get there and visiting route

Take subway line 2 and get off at the station of Yunjin Lu (云锦路) and exit at Exit 2. When you exit from the subway station, you will see a huge architecture built of grey marble.

This is the Massacre Museum. You should enter Gate 1, first visit the Exhibition Area, then the Site Square, the Mass Grave of 10000 Corpses and finally the Peace Park. You are advised to exit from the Gate 2 and get back to the subway Station of Yunjin Lu (云锦路).

Follow me to visit the Massacre Museum.

Take subway line 2 and get off at the station of Yunjin Lu (云锦路)

The museum is a grey marble building with overwhelming statues and sculptures.

The museum is a grey marble building with overwhelming statues and sculptures.

People are waiting in line to visit the museum free of charge. Try to avoid weekends and holidays and get to there earlier to beat the crowds. Each day there are a huge number of visitors coming to the museum.

People are waiting in line to visit the museum free of charge.

When you enter the museum, you are on the site square, open and not so overpowering with people. The most prominent site you will see the stone wall engraved with the time of the massacre and 300,000 victims.

The most prominent site you will see the stone wall

Turn right and walk to the Exhibition Area. In the exhibition hall, exhibits, photos and the memorabilia in the cabinets in English Japanese and Chinese tell their own stories without words. 
People are looking at the exhibits.

People are looking at the exhibits.

Mass Slaughters

Mass Slaughters

Occasional Slaughters

Occasional Slaughters

20000 case of rape during Nanjing Massacre.

20000 case of rape during Nanjing Massacre

After visiting the Exhibition Hall, move on to the Mass Grave of 10000 Corpses.  The Photographs, skeletons and displays tell the haunting stories.

the Mass Grave of 10000 Corpses

A group of student are waiting in line to see the mass grave of the 10000 corpses.

A group of students are waiting in line to see the mass grave of the 10000 corpses.

The Peace Park calls on people to love peace and wipe off the War.

The Peace Park calls on people to love peace and wipe off the War.


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Further Readings


Nanjing Massacre Museum: The museum tells the overwhelming atrocities committed by the Japanese forces of aggression from December 13 to January, 1938.
Nanjing Presidential Palace:a must-visit sight if you are interested in the modern history of China
Ming Xiaoling Tomb:the burial site of the Hongwu Emperor, the first emperor and founder of Ming Dyansty ( 1368-1644 ).
Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum:Dr. Sun Yat-sen is considered to be the “Father of Modern China” who stablished the Republic of China.
Linggu Temple Scenic Area:The Linggu Temple was gradually built into a cemetery dedicated to the the National Revolutionary Army’s martyes.
Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge:Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is the first bridge over the Yangtze River designed and built by China’s own technical strength.
Fuzi Temple ( Confucius Temple ): A famous local walking area to touch Nanjing’s past and present.
Zhonghua Gate: a renowned ancient city gate in China and the largest ancient city wall gate in the world.
Taiping Heavenly Kingdom History Museum: The museum shows the maps, pictures and captions to tell the progress and history of Taiping Army.

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4 Responses to “How to Visit Nanjing Massacre Museum”

  1. Jerry Lee says:

    is the Memorial Hall to Victims of Nanjing Massacre opened on the 04th Dec 2018??

  2. Daniel says:

    Dear Jerry Lee

    The museum is open from 08:30 to 16:30 daily except Monday ( Monday is closed ). So it will be open on 04th Dec 2018 ( Tue). Have a nice time!

  3. Rosanna says:

    I just want to say thank you for maintaining the museum. Every year, I think of the victims of Nanjing. Sometimes, the Chinese American author Iris Chang would cross my mind-especially in November. Thank you for remembering these people. 10 years will pass, 100 or 1000 years will pass, but they will never be forgotten because of you.

    THANK YOU.

  4. Daniel says:

    Dear Rosanna,

    Thanks for your saying so! Actually, we live with the memory of Nanjing massacre no matter the museum is there or not. We are also thankful for Iris Chang who has let the world better understand the massacre. They are always remembered by us and our kids, on and on.

    Take care and best regards,

    Daniel Li
    Beijing, China

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