Museum of East Asian Art

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This unique museum houses a fine collection of ceramics, jades, bronzes and much more from China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. The Museum of East Asian Art is the only museum in the UK solely dedicate to arts and cultures of East and Southeast Asia.

To offer facilities for the appreciation and study of East and Southeast Asian art and cultures. To this end the Museum collects, preserves, exhibits and makes available to the public, artefacts from East and Southeast Asia, and information relating to those areas. The Museum works to encourage education, creativity, dialogue and research in relation to such cultures, and strives to be accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

All year round:
Tue-Sat: 10:00-17:00
Sun: 12:00-17:00

Closed Mondays (except most Bank Holidays)
Closed over the Christmas and New Year period - please contact Museum for exact dates.

Admission charges

Adults: £5.00
Senior Citizens/Students/Children (under 16): Free
Museum Friends Membership/Discovery Card: £4.00

(Admission charges from February 2015)

Discounts

  • Museums Association
Getting there

Bus: Take either the number 6/13/228/X31/X72 bus to the stop by the Hilton Hotel, the Museum is a 5 minute walk from there.

Train: Approximately a 10-15 minute walk from Bath Spa railway station, the Museum is located close to Bath’s famous Circus and the Assembly Rooms.

Additional info

- Four galleries displaying the permanent collection
- Temporary exhibition gallery
- Temporary stairwell hanging space
- Introductory video in six languages
- Illustrated gallery guide
- Access facilities (Audio tape for visitors with visual impairments, induction loop, lift for easy access)
- Use of the Museum’s library (by appointment)
- Handling collection (by appointment)

The Museum was founded in 1990 by Brian McElney OBE. Brian spent his entire working life practising law in Hong Kong and it was during this time that he began to be drawn to the beauty of Chinese art. In 1958 he bought his first piece, an ivory goat and kid, and Brian’s collection grew substantially during the 1960s and 1970s to include jades, ceramics, scholar’s studio objects and bronzes. After his retirement from law in 1983, Brian returned to England and generously donated his private collection to the museum which he had formed as a UK educational charity.

Since opening to the public in April 1993, the Museum has gone from strength to strength, and has become one of the most extensive collections of East Asian art outside London. With a collection of almost 2,000 objects, ranging in date from c.5000 BC to the present day, the Museum offers its visitors a wonderful insight into the art and culture from China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. With one of the most comprehensive jade collections in the UK and some of the finest bamboo carvings in Europe, the collection uncovers the finest achievements in East Asian craftsmanship.

Collection details

Archaeology, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Social History, World Cultures, Photography

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
A Disappearing Culture

A Disappearing Culture: The Amis Earthenware Tradition in Taiwan

  • 17 January — 31 May 2015 *on now

The Amis are the largest indigenous tribe in Taiwan with a population close to 182,000, mainly live along the east coast of the island. The Amis are the only remaining matriarchal aboriginal tribe in Taiwan who create earthenware using traditional methods.


The exhibition looks into the Amis lifestyle, women’s role in earthenware production, the ceremonial aspect of this ceramic tradition and the production process.


There will be photos and examples of Amis earthenware along the staircase, and a 10-minute documentary film on the second floor.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults: £5.00
Seniors/Students/Children (Under 16): Free
Museum Friends Membership/Discovery Card: £4.00

Website

http://www.meaa.org.uk/future-exhibitions/new-exhibition-2.html

Music in China

Music in China

  • 17 January — 31 May 2015 *on now

The ruling class sees refined music as a tool to sustain a harmonious society. The masses enjoy the entertainment of popular music, which appeals to audiences in other parts of the world as well.

Equally, musical traditions from other cultures also enrich Chinese music and have a huge impact on its development.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults: £5.00
Seniors/Students/Children (under 16): Free
Museum Friends Membership/Discovery Card: £4.00

Website

http://www.meaa.org.uk/future-exhibitions/new-exhibition.html

Getting there

Bus: Take either the number 6/13/228/X31/X72 bus to the stop by the Hilton Hotel, the Museum is a 5 minute walk from there.

Train: Approximately a 10-15 minute walk from Bath Spa railway station, the Museum is located close to Bath’s famous Circus and the Assembly Rooms.

Museum of East Asian Art
12 Bennett Street
Bath
Somerset
BA1 2QJ
England

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Website

www.meaa.org.uk

E-mail

info@meaa.org.uk

Telephone

01225 464640

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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