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Suzhou Museum

Introducing Suzhou Museum, Suzhou Museum Guide, Suzhou Museum Travel Guide
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Founded in 1960 and originally located in the national historic landmark, Zhong Wang Fu palace complex, Suzhou Museum has been a highly-regarded regional museum with a number of significant Chinese cultural relics.

Suzhou Museum, designed by world famous architect I.M.Pei was completed in October 2006, covering over10,700 square meter and located at the cross of Dongbei Street and Qimen Road. The design of Suzhou Museum visually complements the traditional architecture of Zhong Wang Fu. Suzhou Museum houses over 30,000 cultural relics --- most notably for excavated artifacts, Ming and Qing Dynasty paintings and calligraphy, and ancient arts and crafts.

The basic exhibitions include: Wu Pagodas, Wu Treasures, Wu Paintings and Calligraphy.

Wu Pagodas

Acting as the center of Wu Region (12 Century-473 BC), Suzhou has been shining like a resplendent pearl inlaid into the vast land on the south bank of Yangtze River. 10,000 years ago, human footprints in Sanshan Island (50 kilometers from Suzhou) kicked off local history of mankind. 2,500 years ago, establishment as capital of Wu State (514 BC) set off in the pursuit of urban civilization of Suzhou.

Wu Treasures

“National Treasures in Famous Wu Pagodas” prominently exhibit Buddhism relics found in Yunyan Temple Pagoda on top of Tiger Hill and Ruiguang Temple Pagoda near Panmen Gate, both regarded as symbols of Suzhou. These relics are exhibited in two sections facing each other on south and north.

Wu Paintings and Calligraphy

In Ming Dynasty, over 150 famous painters lived in Suzhou. They formed a well-known Wu School in history. in the mid-Ming Dynasty. Shen Zhou, Wen Zhengming, Tang Yin and Qiu Ying with their original painting style and excellent art achievement, earned the great reputation in the painting circle. They are called Four Masters of Wu School in the painting history.

Quick Facts on Suzhou Museum

• Name: Suzhou Museum
• Location: Downtown Suzhou
• Phone: +86-512-67575666
• Best Time to Visit: All year
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 1-2 Hours
• Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 (Tuesday to Sunday)
• Admission Fee: Free

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