Address: 98 Leigudun Boulevard, Suizhou city, Hubei province
Opening hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm (Entry until 4:00 pm)
Closed Mondays (Except for national holidays)
General admission: Free
Located to the west of the Leigudun Ancient Tombs, an important national protected heritage site in Central China's Hubei province, the Suizhou Museum is a comprehensive museum that ingrates acquisition, exhibition, research and education.
Housing a collection of more than 10,000 distinctive cultural relics and covering 11,000 square meters, the museum has a history that can be traced back to 1978. It has received around 900,000 visits annually since being opened free of charge in 2008. It plays a vital role in introducing the long history and splendid culture of Suizhou city to visitors from home and abroad.
Dubbed the "kingdom of bronze wares", the Suizhou Museum boasts a capital holding of bronze wares dating back to the Western Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century-771 BC). The bronze wares of the Stateof E and the State of Zeng (the State of Zeng is also known as the State of Sui, and lay where today's Suizhou is located according to archeological finds) from the Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century-256 BC) are the most impressive treasures of the museum.
Resembling an ancient palace, the Suizhou Museum is home to seven permanent exhibitions that cover topics including the birthplace of Emperor Yan (also known as Shennong, or the Divine Husbandman), the relations between the states of Zeng and Sui in ancient China, the tomb of Zeng Houji(475 BC-433 BC) –the monarch of the State of Zeng, the Leigudun No 2 tomb, the glorious history and culture of ancient Suizhou, the Yejiashan Western Zhou Tombs, and cultural relics seized by Suizhou’s police force.
What’s more, the museum offers the public the chance to listen to music created by a replica of the ancient bronze bells in its collection. Visitors can catch two ancient Chinese musical performances daily (except Mondays).