The first museum dedicated to the preservation of this fascinating game of Ancient China and the remarkable craftsmanship of its tile sets.
Through the “Menu”, you can journey through the history of the game, view a number of different sets of rules from around the world, read transcripts of vintage articles and sales ads from the 1920s, as well as viewing a large portion of one of the largest private collections of Mahjong tile sets and related items in the world.
Included in the collections of the museum are rare one of a kind tile sets including a genuine solid elephant ivory set of tiles, and a solid white jade tile set.
Additional displays include traditional bone and bamboo tiled sets, bone tile sets backed with ebony wood, genuine ivory tile sets backed with ebony wood, solid bamboo tile sets, as well as tile sets made from boxwood, celluloid, bakelite and modern plastics.
The types of sets include traditional tile sets, as well as versions published with playing card and cardboard tiles.
Displays include traditional rosewood cases with five drawers and a sliding front panel, various small wooden cases with sliding covers, hinged covered tin boxes, cardboard boxes, as well as leather and synthetic covered travel cases.
Related items that are displayed include tile racks, score cards, rule books, promotional rule books, score counters, vintage league standard hand cards, and miscellaneous items related to mahjong.
There are also vintage photographs of mahjong’s history, and a section to help identify tile materials.
In 1995, I decided to share my collection and the beauty of the craftsmanship of the hand carved tiles with the world so I found the Mah Jong Museum. In early 2011 I transferred ownership to the online mahjong distributer “Where the Winds Blow” ensuring a continuous future for the museum. I hope you enjoy the museum as much as I’ve enjoyed providing a reference and a visual history of this fascinating game of Mahjong.
Thank you, Jim May (Founder of Mah Jong Museum)