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Hunan Museum

Address: 50 Dongfeng Road, Changsha, Hunan province
Websites: (Cn)
Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 ( no entry after 16:00),
Closed Mondays (except national holidays) and the eve of Chinese New Year
Tel: (+86-731) 84415833, 84475933
General admission: Free (passport required for entry)


For several decades, the Hunan Museum, a cultural landmark in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, has attracted millions of visitors. It not only presents Chinese civilization along the middle reaches of the Yangtze River but also serves as a unique window into the development of civilization in Hunan province and the mysteries of Hunan culture.

The largest history and art museum in the province, the Hunan Museum covers an area of 49,000 square meters with a building area reaching 91,000sq m. It was among the earliest national first-class museums and one of the first eight national museums co-funded by central and local governments.

The museum houses an abundant collection of over 180,000 artifacts that feature cultural relics excavated from the world-famous Mawangdui Tombs of the Han Dynasty (221 BC- AD 220), bronze ware of the Shang and Zhou Dynasties (c. 16th century - 256 BC), cultural relics of the State of Chu, pottery and porcelain works from different periods of history, calligraphic works and paintings, religious objects, handicrafts and cultural relics of modern times.

The Hunan Museum has two permanent exhibitions and four themed exhibitions utilizing modern display technology. The two permanent exhibitions are The Mawangdui Han Dynasty Tombs in Changsha and Hunanese: An Exhibition of Hunan History and Culture. The four themed exhibitions cover the themes of bronze wares, ceramics, calligraphies and paintings, and crafts.

Edited based on the official introduction of the Hunan Museum

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2018

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