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Ming: The Golden Empire reviews

Press reviews and visitor reactions to the Ming: The Golden Empire exhibition.

In the press

"A rich and often startlingly beautiful collection of artworks and artefacts."
Financial Times

“Successfully navigating the tricky line between novice and more informed audiences, Ming: The Golden Empire is an enjoyable exhibition that is capable of appealing to all.”
The List

“Dazzling new exhibition.”
Edinburgh Evening News

“Stunning artefacts from the Nanjing Museum tell the story of China’s Ming dynasty.”
The Times 

“Full marks to the National Museum of Scotland… fabulous show of treasures”
The Times

“A dynasty brought to life”
The Telegraph

Visitors' book

“Above expectations! I especially liked the embroidery and lacquer work. So pleased I came.”
Visitor from Edinburgh

“Thanks to Nanjing Museum for sharing these important cultural treasures! An enlightening exhibition.”
Visitor from Edinburgh

“Amazing! Even my 14-month-old baby loved seeing the exhibition.”
Visitor from Fife

“Great collection – the embroideries alone were worth the trip.”
Visitor from Manchester

“A beautiful and delightfully tranquil exhibition.”
Visitor from Edinburgh

“A brilliantly arranged exhibition that taught us much about the Ming dynasty that we had not known. Please bring it to the US.”
Visitor from Oregon, USA

“Delightful. One of the highlights of my time in Edinburgh.”
Visitor from USA

“Fascinating to see the exquisite details of the embroidery and paintings close-up. Some are as fresh as the day that they were made. Very interesting and educational.”
Visitor from Dalkeith

“Absolutely magical. Transported back in time!”
Visitor from Glasgow

“Interesting and enjoyable. Fascinating opportunity to see, enjoy and learn from all the treasures brought together here. Good to see display of NMS objects as well as focus on objects from China. Good, clear labelling. Enjoyed the short film about ink brush painting.”
Visitor from East Kilbride

“Well made, informative, interesting. Gives a good insight for someone not knowing the Ming in advance.”
Visitor from Oslo, Norway

“Absolutely fascinating insight into such a significant era. Loved the information on the literati particularly, and the map was stunning!”
Visitor from St Andrews

“Really interesting. Nice to have the chance to see an exhibit like this on our doorstep – not something you would normally have opportunity to see without travel. Excellent.”
Visitor from Cupar

“Not to comment would be impolite as the exhibition was compelling and most interesting. Thank you for sharing with us!”
Visitors Ormiston and Kirriemuir

“I just love being a Member if only for exhibitions such as this. Thank you all so much.”
Visitor from Argyll

“Absolutely fantastic exhibition! Beautiful works of art. Would recommend this exhibition to anyone.”
Visitor from Edinburgh

“Amazing, enlightening exhibit. Beautifully curated!”
Visitor from Spain

“A fabulous collection of objects brought to life with excellent descriptions. I hope as many people as possible are able to visit.”
Visitor from Bath

Comments on Twitter

“Fantastic seeing the Ming dynasty exhibition at the @NtlMuseumsScot today - fascinating! Lovely day out with the family :D” 

“Ming exhibition @NtlMuseumsScot was exceptional, timeless pieces from beginning to end” 

“Amazing exhibition @NtlMuseumsScot” 

“…The @NtlMuseumsScot Ming Dynasty exhibition is brill!” 

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