Featuring exciting cultural performances and activities

Explore the musical world of ancient China at MIM! Join us as we celebrate the opening of our new special exhibition, Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China: Harmony of the Ancients from the Henan Museum, on Friday, November 10, Saturday, November 11, and Sunday, November 12.

While at the opening weekend, spend some time exploring the special exhibition—you won’t want to miss it! Presented exclusively at MIM and in partnership with the Henan Museum, the exhibition showcases outstanding musical and archaeological treasures spanning nine thousand years of Chinese music and history displayed for the first time in the United States.

Throughout the weekend, play and touch versions of instruments on display in the Target Gallery, including Chinese bells, a xun vessel flute, and more.

Learn about the art of Chinese brush painting and calligraphy and try it for yourself. Local artist Miranda Wong will demonstrate these painting styles and guide guests in creating their very own works of art.

Experience pop-up performances of Chinese traditional music by guest artists, including internationally celebrated pipa virtuosa Wu Man and members of the Huaxia Orchestra from the Henan Museum. Wu Man will also give a talk and demonstration on the pipa on Friday, November 10. On Saturday, November 11, members of the Huaxia Orchestra and Wu Man will come together at the MIM Music Theater for a presentation of traditional Chinese music.

After Saturday’s activities, Grammy Award–nominated Wu Man will perform a special solo concert of traditional, ancient, and historical music of China at the MIM Music Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are sold separately and available here.

On Sunday, November 12, enjoy a special lecture and performance by renowned qin scholar John Thompson.

To commemorate the extraordinary exhibition, the Museum Store will offer books, T-shirts, CDs, mugs, and many other gifts.

Activities and performances at the special exhibition’s opening weekend are included with paid general museum admission; free for members. Tickets to the special exhibition may be purchased separately for $7 with general museum admission or $10 for the exhibition only.

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