Hunan Provincial Museum

Hunan Provincial Museum is located on No. 50, Dongfeng Lu, Changsha City, next to the Revolutionary Martyr's Park. It covers an area of 50,000 square meters (about 12.2 acres) with a construction area of 20,000 square meters (about 4.9 acres). First built in 1951, the museum was open to the public in July 1974. It has gathered together most curios unearthed in Hunan Province, unfolding the cultural development of Hunan Province throughout thousands of years.

Hunan Provincial Museum has a collection of more than 180,000 objects, over 763 of which are top grade cultural relics. Most of these objects were discovered by archaeological excavation. What's more, the museum has gathered together nearly all the fine works unearthed in different parts of Hunan Province. According to the various textures, the cultural relics in Hunan Provincial Museum can be classified into the following kinds: bronze, silk paintings and books, lacquers, textiles, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy. These cultural relics include stone implements and pottery from the Neolithic Age, bronze wares of the Shang Dynasty (16th - 11th century BC) and Zhou Dynasty (11th - 221 BC), and celadon wares from the Eastern Han Dynasty (25 - 220) to the Sui Dynasty (581 - 618) and the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907). Some masterpieces by famous scholars like Wang Xizhi, a famous calligrapher from the Tang Dynasty, and Wang Fuzhi, a great philosopher of the late Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) and the early Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) are also on display. Cultural relics unearthed in Mawangdui Han Tombs are the highlights in Hunan Provincial Museum.

The following cultural relics unearthed in Mawangdui Han Tombs in Hunan Provincial Museum are highly recommended because of the amazement they have brought to people. The first one is the tomb and corpse of Xin Zhui, circa 2,000 years ago, which is well preserved. Her skin is moist and her organs are still well protected, even after having been unearthed for more than 30 years. The second relic is a T-shaped colored silk painting. It is not only still intact but also has gorgeous color. The contents of this painting are various, giving you a full picture of lives in the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - 24). The third one is a plain gauze garment. It is about 128 centimeters (about 4.2 feet) long but only weighs 48 grams (about 1.7 ounces). This garment is perhaps the most significant, because it proves the existence of very advanced textile technology in the Han Dynasty (206BC - 220) when China was called 'the country of silk'.

How to get to Hunan Provincial Museum

Take bus 3, 112, 113, 131, 136, 146, 150, 203, 358, or 901 to Shen Bowuguan (Hunan Provincial Museum).
Entrance Fee Free.
1. 15,000 free tickets are issued on every opening day.
2. Visitors need to show their passports to get the free ticket.
Opening Hours 09:00 - 17:00;
Closed on Monday (except public holidays) and Chinese New Year's Eve.

 See also Top 10 Things to Do in Changsha

- Last updated on Mar. 06, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Hunan Provincial Museum
Asked by Ple from THAILAND | Sep. 28, 2019 06:21Reply
I would like to visit Hunan Provincial Museum before my flight at night
Are there luggage room for me?
Answers (4)
Answered by Nora from CANADA | Sep. 29, 2019 23:29

Yes, of course. You can deposit your luggage in the airport.
Answered by Ple from THAILAND | Sep. 30, 2019 01:13

Thank you but I mean luggage room at hunan meseum
Answered by Nora from CANADA | Sep. 30, 2019 02:16

Well, you can store your luggage at the entrance of human service counter.
Answered by Ple from THAILAND | Sep. 30, 2019 02:30

Thank for your reply
Asked by GOH KL from MALAYSIA | Sep. 12, 2019 09:11Reply
I will reach Changsha on 27th September 2019 at about 12pm
And would like to visit Hunan Provincial Museum before my transit flight the next day. How do I get to the museum from the airport? Is there a direct train from the airport?

Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Calvin from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 15, 2019 23:57

You can take shuttle bus line of West coach station from T1 to Hunan Broadcasting System station, and take bus 358 to Yanwachi station, and walk south of 200m to your destination. It takes around 75 minutes with CNY24.
Asked by SL LIM from MALAYSIA | Sep. 11, 2019 08:20Reply
How do I get to Mawangdui Han Tombs from Changsha airport?
Thank you.
Answers (2)
Answered by Mckinney from CANADA | Sep. 11, 2019 19:33

Upon landing, you can take maglev train to the high speed train station. Take metro line 2 to Wanjiali Square Station, Exit 5. Then transfer to bus no.915 to Mawangdui Hospital. Walk northwest around 550 meters to find the destination.
Answered by SL LIM from MALAYSIA | Sep. 12, 2019 08:57

Hi Mckinney
Thank you for your reply.

Asked by PATCHARAPORN SATAYAVAKSAKOON from THAILAND | Mar. 04, 2019 01:41Reply
Are there any subway to Hunan Provincial Museum?
Answers (2)
Answered by Nicholas from FINLAND | Mar. 04, 2019 17:49

The nearest one named Wenchangge Station on Line 1 is about 1.5km away.
Answered by Pat from THAILAND | Mar. 05, 2019 02:02

Thank you so much.
Asked by sivapreeya from THAILAND | Dec. 12, 2016 02:57Reply
Hunan Provincial Museum be opened or not Now?
I will go to changsha on January it will open or not
Answers (1)
Answered by Lee from GERMANY | Dec. 13, 2016 01:36

I am sorry that it is not open yet. It is predicted that the museum will be open in the second half of 2017. :)
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