Guide to Chengdu's Museums

Authors: Go Chengdu

2019-03-14

Chengdu boasts a broad array of museums in and around the town that offer abundant opportunities for people to know about the life, history and culture of local people. And here is the list of the best known museums in the city.
Must-Sees
Sichuan Museum
Chengdu Museum
Jinsha Site Museum
Wuhou Shrine Museum
Du Fu's Thatched Cottage Museum
Specials
Shuijingfang Museum
Chengdu Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum
Yongling Museum
Ming Tomb of Shu King Museum
Sichuan University Museum
Anren Museum Town
Offbeats
Teddy Bear Museum
Insect Museum of West China
Sichuan Cuisine Museum
Sancun Jinlian Museum
Sanhe Classic Car Museum
Must-Sees
Sichuan Museum
Founded in early 1940s, the comprehensive museum ― also one of the largest in China ― now houses more than 260,000 historical relics, including over 50, 000 National Valuable Historical Relics.
The new site of Sichuan Museum is next to the Huanhuaxi Park and Du Fu's Thatched Cottage Museum, in an area where other scenic spots and cultural sites, such as Qingyang Temple, ancient canals and Baihuatan Park can be found. The museum is an ideal place to learn about the history, art, and culture of China, especially of Sichuan.
The museum also has a large collection of paintings by Zhang Daqian, one of the best-known and prodigious Chinese artists of the twentieth century.
Add: 251 South Huanhua Road, Qingyang District
Opening: 9:00-17:00 (Tuesday-Sunday)
Admission: Free
Chengdu Museum
Chengdu Museum sits next to the Tianfu Square and its large collection includes bronze ware, treasure, stone carving, ceramics, shadow puppet and other kinds of cultural items.
The museum consists of two towers and exhibition space is mainly at the northern tower, which is a six-storey construction with an underground space. The history of Chengdu is shown from the second to the third floor and the Chengdu folk customs is staged on the fourth floor, while people can have a look of the display of Puppetry and Shadow Play on the fifth floor.
Log on the WeChat account of the museum "成都博物馆" and you can get more details on latest exhibitions in the museum.
Add: 1 Xiaohe Street, Qingyang District
Opening: 9:00-20:30 (Summer time, May 1-October 31)
9:00-20:00 (Winter time, November 1-April 30)
Admission: Free (but you need to take the ticket upon showing your passport)
Notes: No admission after 19:30
Jinsha Site Museum
The discovery of the Jinsha Site in the western downtown of Chengdu in 2001 confirms that Chengdu was the center of the ancient Shu Kingdom, which was established about 3, 000 years ago and is considered to be a very important source of the Chinese civilization.
A large amount of relics unearthed from the site, including pieces of ivory, gold and jade articles, bronze and stone tools, are now collected at the museum as the evidence of the brilliant civilization of the ancient Shu Kingdom.
Add: 227 Qingyang Avenue, Qingyang District
Opening: 8:00-20:00 (Summer time, May 1-October 31)
8:00-18:30 (Winter time, November 1-April 30)
Admission: RMB80/person
Notes: Professional tour guides speaking English and Mandarin, and self-service audio guides in Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, French, German and Spanish are available.
Wuhou Shrine Museum
Located in the south of the city proper, the Wuhou Shrine Museum (Temple of Marquis Wu) is the most influential museum of the Three Kingdoms (220-280) culture in China. The annual Chengdu Temple Fair is held here every year with lots of traditional events and various recreational activities.
Add: 231 Wuhouci Street, Wuhou District (next to Jinli Street)
Opening: 8:00-20:00 (Summer time, May 1-October 31)
8:00-18:30 (Winter time, November 1-April 30)
Admission: RMB60/person (Multilingual tour guide is available at tourist reception center)
Du Fu's Thatched Cottage Museum
The Du Fu's Thatched Cottage Museum in the west of downtown Chengdu is a park and museum in honor of Du Fu (712 - 770), the greatest realistic poet in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), who lived in a cottage in the whereabouts for four years and wrote about 240 poems.
The park is now a national cultural heritage site and one of the most famous historical attractions in Chengdu. Covering an area totaling 200,000 square meters, the park features serene and poetic ambiance.
Add: 37 Qinghua Road, Qingyang District
Opening: 8:00-20:00 (Summer time, May 1-October 31)
8:00-18:30 (Winter time, November 1-April 30)
Admission: RMB60/person
Specials
Shuijingfang Museum
Built at the former site of the ancient distillery and shops with a history of more than 600 hundred years, the museum showcases the traditional Baijiu production techniques, which is listed as an item of National Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Add: 19 Shuijing Street, Jinjiang District
Opening: 9:00-20:00
Admission: RMB50/person
Chengdu Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum
Adjacent to the Huanhuaxi Park and Du Fu's Thatched Cottage Museum, the museum is the only professional site in China showing the production processes of the Shu Brocade and the history of the culture of the brocade.
There is a large-scale workshop inside the museum which keeps the ancient looms to show the hand-weaving techniques.
Add: 2 Caotang Road, Qingyang District
Opening:
9:00-18:00 (Summer time, May 1-October 31)
9:00-17:30 (Winter time, November 1-April 30)
Admission: Free
Yongling Museum
Yongling Museum is the tomb of Wang Jian (847-918), who founded the Kingdom of Former Shu (907-925) during the chaotic period in the Chinese history, with the capital in Chengdu. The museum boasts many relics of cultural importance and is a cultural relic site under the national protection.
Add: 10 Yongling Road, Jinniu District
Opening: 8:30-18:00
Admission: RMB20/person
Ming Tomb of Shu King Museum
With the history of about 600 hundred years, Ming Tomb of Shu King is the tomb is regarded as one of the most beautiful and delicate underground mausoleums of the Chinese royal family members.
Add: Daliang Village, Shiling Township, Longquanyi District
Opening: 8:00-18:00
Admission: RMB20/person
Sichuan University Museum
The museum has a large collection of cultural heritage, particularly in ethnology, folklore, art sculpture. Special exhibitions on different themes are regularly held at the museum.
Add: Sichuan University, Wangjiang Campus
Opening: 9:00-17:00 (Monday-Friday)
Admission: RMB30/person
Anren Museum Town
Anren Town holds a unique place on the city's cultural map, not only for the buildings of architectural and historical importance but for the emerging community of numerous theme museums in its area.
Because of its huge number of museums, Anren has been named China's only small town of museums by the Museums Association of China. It is home to 27 old-style mansions and 37 modern museums, among which Liu's Manor Museum, Jianchuan Museum Cluster and mansions in three ancients streets are most famous and are listed as Class-A cultural properties under national protection.
Liu's Manor Museum
Jianchuan Museum Cluster
Add: Anren Ancient Town, Dayi County
Opening: 9:00-17:00
Admission:
Liu's Manor Museum, RMB40/person
Jianchuan Museum Cluster, RMB100/person (one-ticket-through)
Offbeats
Teddy Bear Museum
The Teddy Bear Museum is the biggest of its kind in the world. Located in Wenjiang District in western Chengdu, about 15 km from the downtown area, the museum boasts a collection of a large variety of teddy bears and houses 12 theme exhibition halls showcasing the long history of teddy bear culture.
Add: Equestrianism Sports Center, Wenjiang District
Opening: 10:00-18:00 (13:00-18:00 on Monday)
Admission: RMB30/person
Insect Museum of West China
Located in Dujiangyan City, the museum has the largest collection of insect specimens in Asia and displays nearly 20,000 rare insect samples, including about 1,700 species of Chinese butterflies, which account for 95% of all known species in China.
Add: 2 Qingchengshan Avenue, Dujiangyan City
Opening: 9:00-12:00; 13:30-17:00 (closed on Monday)
Admission: Free
Sichuan Cuisine Museum
The museum is situated in Pidu District in western Chengdu. Its main hall houses thousands of relics of cooking utensils and food containers unearthed in Sichuan dating back to about 2, 500 years ago and a large collection of records, books and pictures on Sichuan Cuisine. Visitors to the museum can have the opportunity to learn how to cook typical Sichuan dishes under the guidance of master chefs of Sichuan cuisine.
Add: 8 North Ronghua Alley, Pidu District
Opening: 09:00-18:00
Admission: RMB60/person
Sancun Jinlian Museum
One of the many folklore museums in Sichuan, it has a large collection of footwear and items reflecting the morbid cultural taste in ancient China that encouraged women to bind their feet.
Add: Anren Town, Dayi County
Opening: 9:00-17:30
Admission: Free
Sanhe Classic Car Museum
The museum is acclaimed to be Asia's biggest center for classic car repair and restoration, and is now home to over 200 beautifully restored old cars of various brands in China and overseas.
On the second floor of the museum there is a space for children's recreation activities, an art space, a small theater, and a car library.
Add: 2 Xinyuan South 1st Road, Jichang Road, Hi-tech Zone
Opening: 10:00-17:00 (Closed on Monday)
Admission: RMB60/adult; RMB30/children

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