China National Silk Museum

silk cocoon
Silk cocoon
Situated at the southern bank of the West Lake, in Hangzhou City of Zhejiang Province, China National Silk Museum is the first state-level professional silk museum in the country as well as the biggest of its kind throughout the world. It opened to the public in 1992 and since 2004 people can visit it for free.

The museum owns eight exhibition halls, including: the Preface Hall, Relics Hall, Folk-custom Hall, Dyeing and Weaving Hall and Modern Achievements Hall.

The Preface Hall introduces the 5000-year-long history of Chinese silk culture. China is the earliest country that engaged in sericulture, filature and making clothes with silk. This hall provides strong evidence for this fact and shows the history of the Silk Road through which silk was spread abroad.

Relics Hall presents several preserved relics, which cover almost every dynasty of ancient China, and a number of pictures to explain Chinese traditional silk culture. These relics are from various districts of the country, including those excavated along the Silk Road, on the grassland of Northern region of the country, and in the south region. It should be mentioned that tourists can appreciate a piece of fragmentary brocade that dates back 5,630 years. That is the earliest silk that has ever been discovered.

Folk Costume Hall displays some prominent products created by outstanding weavers. Dyeing and Weaving Hall tells people how to dye and weave silk and the scientific theory of it. There are also weavers showing the whole process. Tourists are welcome to participate in the activity and do it themselves. Modern Achievements Hall displays the new achievements in silk production, silk research and silk trade and so on.

The antique textile machinery exhibited in the Silk Museum
Old textile machine
the emperor
Silk imperial robe
National Silk Museum
Clay figurines in silk clothing
China National Silk Museum is a museum equipped with modern facilities and is dedicated to providing convenience for tourists. It offers free guide, free audio guide, free pamphlets on silk information, and even free wheelchairs for the disabled. People can also choose their favorite silk goods in the museum shop and relax in the teahouse.


Take bus no. 12, 31, 42, 87 or 133, and get off at Silk Museum Station.
 Hangzhou Bus / Metro Search
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 09:00-17:00;
Monday: 12:00 - 17:00;
Visitors are not allowed to enter after 16:45.

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