Guangzhou Museum located in Yuexiu Park, an ancient watch-out tower called Zhenhai Lou (Tower controlling the sea). Built in 1380, this magnificent red building was once the highest point of the ancient city of Canton. In 1929, it was turned into a museum which portrays the history and culture of Guangzhou and has even since been an important cultural relic and landmark for Guangzhou.
The historical exhibition is housed in a five-story building named Tower controlling the sea, which dates back to 1380. The tower houses nearly a thousand pictures, data and other exhibits on history of the city's history. Those collections display the changes of culture, custom and city developments. To the east of the Tower controlling the sea lays the Art Gallery. Zhongyuan Tower, the major building of the museum, was built in 1930 and imitated the architectural style of the Hall of Literary Glory in the Forbidden City in Beijing. There are two exhibition halls one in front of the Zhongyuan Tower and the other to the east - housing steles representing masterpieces of Chinese calligraphy from the Jin Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty.
Besides the Sea Guard Tower and the Gallery, Guangzhou museum offers another two exhibition areas (Sanyuanli Revolution Memorial Hall and Site of Headquarters of Mar. 29 Uprising) for special interest in the city™s revolutionary history.