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Exhibition: Zimingzhong 凝时聚珍: Clockwork Treasures from China’s Forbidden City

Location

Science Museum,

Exhibition Road, London,
SW7 2DD

Dates

This exhibition runs from Thu, 1st Feb 2024 to Sun, 2nd Jun 2024.

Forthcoming dates:

Tue,
21st May 2024  
(10am - 6pm)
Wed,
22nd May 2024  
(10am - 6pm)
Thu,
23rd May 2024  
(10am - 6pm)
Fri,
24th May 2024  
(10am - 6pm)
Sat,
25th May 2024  
(10am - 6pm)
Sun,
26th May 2024  
(10am - 6pm)
Mon,
27th May 2024  
(10am - 6pm)

Cost: £1

Description

Turn back the hands of time and discover a beautiful exhibition of mechanical marvels.

In the 1700s, China’s Emperors collected ornate clockwork automata known as zimingzhong and cherished them for their intricate design and technical innovation. Now, our new exhibition Zimingzhong 凝时聚珍: Clockwork Treasures from China’s Forbidden City showcases a unique collection of 23 stunning pieces, on display in the UK together for the first time.

This exhibition invites you to discover the outward beauty and inner workings of these centuries-old timepieces, and their historic role in early cultural exchanges between Britain and China. Translating as “bells that ring themselves”, zimingzhong were far more than just clocks; they combined timekeeping with sophisticated musical technology and flamboyant aesthetics. Their designs incorporated motifs such as cranes and lotus flowers, expressing British perceptions of a Chinese culture that held powerful sway over the country’s imagination.

These opulent treasures will transport you to the Chinese trading port of Guangzhou and the home of the Emperors in the Forbidden City for a fascinating insight into early trade between Britain and China, and a tour de force of artistry and spectacle.

They are asking you to pay what you can to visit Zimingzhong 凝时聚珍, with a minimum ticket price of £1.

Ian has Visited - review here.


Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.

Disclaimer

The information and prices in this listing are presumed to be correct at the time of publishing, but please always check with the venue before making a special trip.

All images are supplied by the exhibition organiser.

This exhibition runs from Thu, 1st Feb 2024 to Sun, 2nd Jun 2024

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

May 2024

June 2024

Location

Science Museum,

Exhibition Road, London,
SW7 2DD

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