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Ancient Bed Museum

The Ancient Bed Museum is China's first museum devoted to the collection and display of antique beds, and is located at No.210 Dongzha Street in Wuzhen. Inside you will find exquisite examples of the regional style, the oldest dating back to the Ming Dynasty.

Displayed in the first hall, along with other pieces, is a framed bed with hoof-shaped legs and rails that look like a writing brush. This Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) emphasizes the natural color and grain of the wood. It is a simple design without elaborate decorations and the craftsmen have used only natural coatings.

In the second exhibit hall, you will find the Bed of a Thousand Craftsmen, a beautiful piece of craftsmanship from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). As its name indicates, it took over one thousand craftsmen and three years to make the bed. It is considered the finest example of Lower Yangtze River craftsmanship in the museum. Every bed is a unique piece of art and tells its own story, from the newlyweds who pray for a good and healthy life to the old couple that have shared the same bed for a lifetime.

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