Address: Binjiang Cultural Park, Kaifu district, Changsha city, Hunan province
Opening hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm (Entry until 4:30 pm)
Closed Mondays (Except for national holidays)
General admission: Free
Opened to the public in 2015 and covering 240,000 square meters, the Changsha Museum is a comprehensive museum and was selected as one of the national first-class museums at the end of 2020. The exterior of the museum resembles a "hard rock", with its walls decorated with a map of Changsha at the beginning of the 20th century when it was opened as a treaty port. The design of the building’s facade also takes inspiration from bamboo slips, the medium of writing in ancient China before the advent of paper, and a significant archeological discovery at the Zoumalou site in Changsha in 1996.
Covering an exhibition area of 9,000 square meters, the Changsha Museum houses a collection of more than 50,000 cultural relics that showcase the city’s development from the Paleolithic Age to modern times. Among its collection: bronze wares of the Shang and Zhou dynasties (c.16th century-256 BC), cultural relics of the states of Chu and Han, and ceramics dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) unearthed from the Changsha Kiln.
There are two permanent exhibitions at the Changsha Museum. The exhibition Glorious History and Culture Along the Xiangjiang River – Ancient Changsha City illustrates the historical development of Changsha, and the exhibition Luminaries, Revolutions and Rising Changsha City presents the unity of Changsha’s residents, who’ve made contributions to national liberation in past wars.