The second Nanyue King Zhao Mo’s tomb, discovered in 1983, is the earliest stone tomb with painting in the area of South China. More than one thousand relics were unearthed from the intact tomb. They reflect the development of the kingdom’s politics, economy and culture 2000 years ago. The Nanyue King’s tomb is the most precious historical cultural heritage of Guangzhou and one of the major archaeological discoveries in China. It was designated an important heritage in China. It was designated an important heritage site under the state’s protection in 1996.
The museum opened in 1988. The permanent exhibitions include the original site of the Nanyue King’s Tomb, exhibition of the treasures unearthed from the Nanyue King’s tomb and a special exhibition of ceramic pillows that were donated by Mr. and Mrs Young Wing Tak. In order to protect the relics well and further explain the Nanyue culture’s unique glamour and historical context, and to improve the service for visitors, the museum was renovated in 2010.
The museum was built centered on the original tomb site and against the Xiang Gang Hill. The architecture, a magnificent example of the Lingnan modern style, won six architecture prizes nationally and abroad. These include the honor of the Nominal Reward of world class distinguished architecture and one of the 55 classical architectures in the 20th century. The Museum won the title of national AAAA-level tourist attraction in 2004 and the national top-class museum in 2008.