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.
Note:
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.

- Last modified on Dec. 13, 2016 -
Questions & Answers on Hunan Provincial Museum
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
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Answered by Lee from GERMANY | Dec. 13, 2016 01:36
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I am sorry that it is not open yet. It is predicted that the museum will be open in the second half of 2017. :)
Asked by Ooi Sooi Chew from MALAYSIA | Aug. 22, 2016 23:55Reply
How far away are hunan provincial museum and mawangdui han tomb from Changsha ?
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Answered by Peter from USA | Aug. 23, 2016 03:39
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The distance is about 3.7 miles (6km). The taxi fare may be around CNY 15. :)
Asked by NguyenTriLoc from CHINA | Jul. 10, 2015 22:26Reply
Hunan Provincial Museum be opened or not?
I saw some new comments on May 2015 about this beautiful museum? But the above notice says "Museum is to be temporarily closed for renovation and expansion from June 18th, 2012 to the end of 2015"

Thank you for your information!
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Answered by Sandy from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 11, 2015 00:44
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Yes, it is still closed nowadays for renovation. And the reopen date has been postponed to end of 2016.
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