Changsha Museum

Located on the east side of the Changsha Riverside Culture Park, Kaifu District, Changsha City, Hunan Province, Changsha Museum has five stories high with a building area of 24,000 square meters (nearly 6 square acres). The exterior takes the shape of the treasure of the museum - Bronze Nao with elephant pattern. There are three ancient history and culture exhibition halls on the first floor. Modern history and culture exhibition halls and special exhibition halls are on the second floor.

Changsha Museum has a collection of about 50,000 pieces of various cultural relics, covering all kinds of objects from Paleolithic age (3 million to 10,000 years ago) to modern times to witness the development of Changsha’s history and culture. The bronze wares of the Shang and Zhou Dynasties (1600-256 BC), jade wares of the Chu and Han Dynasties (1042 BC-220), porcelain wares of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and modern cultural relics are all fine works of the museum. Among these, the Bronze Nao with elephant pattern, Agate seal inscribed with “Cao Zhuan” and Openwork jade ring with dragon and phoenix design are the must-see rare treasures in Changsha Museum. In addition, there is a long corridor, displaying poems and couplets for you to enjoy the charm of ancient Chinese culture.

Permanent Exhibitions

This history and culture exhibition is the first general history exhibition that systematically shows the history and culture of Changsha. It has four exhibition halls, covering an area of more than 5,000 square meters (1.2 square acres), including three ancient history halls and one modern history hall.

More than 1,250 pieces of cultural relics are on display, and over 2,400 pieces of various materials and pictures are used to show the ancient history and culture of Changsha. The contents of the exhibitions are mainly based on major historical events, famous historical figures and the development and changes of the Changsha City. According to the time of the unearthed and collected cultural relics in Changsha, it can be divided into two parts, which fully show Changsha’s cultural deposits, humanistic spirit and the city identity.

Glorious History and Culture along Xiang River – Ancient Changsha City

It’s part one of the exhibitions of Changsha’s history and culture, divided into six exhibition areas. They show the development of Changsha over 200,000 years: Paleolithic age, the southern expedition of the Shang and Zhou Dynasties, the political development of the Chu State and Han Dynasty, the prosperity of the Tang and Song Dynasties, and establishment of the center of Hunan Province in the early Qing Dynasty.

Location: Exhibition Hall No.1, No.2 and No.3 on the first floor.
Selected Exhibits: Bronze Nao with elephant pattern, Bronze box with dragon and phoenix design, Bronze sword with sheath, Agate seal inscribed with “Cao Zhuan”, Openwork jade ring with dragon and phoenix design.

Luminaries, Revolutions and Rising Modern Changsha City

It’s the part two of the exhibitions showcasing the history of Changsha City in modern times. It consists of 7 events, covering the important changes of Changsha in recent one hundred years, including advocating beneficial knowledge, leading the New Deal, the first response of the Revolution of 1911, first statement about the founding of the party, the Autumn Harvest Uprising, uniting against humiliation, and peaceful liberation.

Location: Exhibition Hall No.4 on the second floor.
Selected Exhibits: Collected Poems of Martyrs in the Boxer Rebellion (manuscript).

Boutique Collection

 Bronze Nao with Elephant Pattern: it’s the treasure of the Changsha Museum and is also the largest piece of bronze Nao of the Shang and Zhou Dynasties found in China so far. It is carved with a pair of elephants raising their noses and colliding with each other.

 Openwork Jade Ring with Dragon and Phoenix Design: Unearthed in Dou Bi Mountain, Changsha, in 1975, this jade ring is one of the finest jade rings in the Western Han Dynasty (202 BC-8).

 Agate Seal Inscribed with “Cao Zhuan”: It is square in shape with the words “Cao Zhuan” and “Qie Zhuan” engraved on it. With polished and smooth surface, the agate seal is considered to be the best in Han Seal.

How to Get to Changsha Museum

Take line 1 to Bei Chen Delta Station.
1. Take bus line 520, 804 to Riverside Culture Park Station.
2. Take bus line 2, 357, 906 to Bei Chen Times Square Station.
* Free parking: cars can enter from Entrance No.4 of the park.

Entrance Fee 1. The museum issues 4,000 free tickets a day. An individual tourist
can get only one ticket by his/her passport.
2. Group tours (less than 100 people) should be booked
1 day in advance between 09:00 and 16:00.
Opening Hours Tuesday-Sunday: 9:00-17:00, tickets available before 16:30.
Closed on Mondays, Lunar New Year’s eve, and the first and
second day of the first lunar month except for national holidays.
Recommended Visiting Time 2 ~ 3 hours
- Last modified on Oct. 23, 2019 -
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