Introducing Sichuan Museum
The Sichuan Provincial Museum, originally known as the Sichuan Museum, is situated at the Renmin South Road in Chengdu City. First built in March 1941 and moved to the present site in 1965, the Sichuan Museum now covers an area of 46,000 square meters. It is the largest comprehensive museum in southwest China
Sichuan Museum Fast Facts
• Chinese Name: Sichuan Bowuguan 四川博物馆
• Best Time to Visit: All year around
• Recommended Visiting Hours: About 2 to 3 hours
• Things to Do: Photography, Art, Chinese History and Culture
• Opening Hours: 09:00-21:00 in summer; 09:00-20:00 in winter, Tuesday to Sunday
• Entrance Fee: Free
• Address: No. 251 Hunhua South Road, Chengdu, Qiangyang District, Sichuan Province
What to expect at Sichuan Museum
The Sichuan Museum boasts a collection of more than 160,000 cultural relics telling the story of Sichuan, with over 2,000 of the first and second class. Exhibits include the skull of Ziyang Man from 30,000BC, a human face stone baldric of the Neolithic Age unearthed in Wushan County, a bronze sword of 62cm long produced in the Warring States Period (475-221BC) excavated in Chongqing City, which is a precious reference to the study of Bashu Culture (Bashu is the ancient name of the region), etc. Displays of tiled murals, frescoes and stone inscriptions taken from tombs dating back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220AD) hold an important position among all cultural relics in the Sichuan Museum.
The basic displays of Historical Relics of Sichuan and the Revolutionary Heritage of Sichuan exhibit altogether about 4,000 pieces and take up an exhibition area of about 3,000 square meters.
The Display of Historical Relics of Sichuan exhibits large quantities of caput bone fossils, stone tools, pottery, bronze weapons, porcelains and seals spanning the years from the Neolithic Age to the Qing Dynasty (1368-1911), paintings and artworks of famous painters and sculptors of the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, and other ancient collections related to the ethnic minorities in the region.
The Display of Revolutionary Heritage of Sichuan exhibits weapons and documents of the revolutionists in the early 20th century, especially some precious relics of the Red Army, from which visitors can have a glimpse of the Long March.
Publications of the Sichuan Museum include picture albums of Facsimiles of Zhang Daqian’s Dunhuang Murals and Boat Coffins of Sichuan, etc.
How to get to Sichuan Museum
• Take bus No. 19, 35, 58, 82, 151, 165, 170, 1024 or 1031 and get off at Songxianqiao Station.
• Take Metro Line 5 and get off at Qingyangong Station.
• Take Metro Line 2 or 4 and get off at Chengdu University of TCM & Provincial People’s Hospital Station.
Additional travel advice on Sichuan Museum
• The museum is closed on Mondays expect for public holidays.
• Keep your passport on you to claim the ticket.
• Food and beverage is not allowed to take into the exhibition hall.
• Please keep quiet in the museum.