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Suzhou Museum, Suzhou
(4.3/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
Where Prince Zhong's mansion once stood, now stands Suzhou Museum, an exhibition building designed by a famous Chinese-American architect. Surrounded by exquisite courtyards, the three-story building represents a blend of modern halls and traditional gardens. You can visit three main areas of the museum--the central, western, and eastern areas. As you stroll through the museum, inspect the vast collection of Chinese national treasures ranging from handicraft works, paintings, and calligraphy, to porcelain, celadon, and silk relics. The museum also introduces its visitors to Chinese traditions, customs, festivals, belief systems, and folk activities. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Suzhou Museum by using our Suzhou travel itinerary maker.
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  • The only thing good that let us enter the four and five. The four closing time. Review the history of silk. More interesting is the visit to maker paloma tourists to see how silk is manufactured
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  • In this museum you can learn quite a bit about the history of Suzhou. Here you can see handicraft works, paintings and vases from ancient times
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  • Great little museum with so much history. The age of the artifacts and art work, clothing and tools are very interesting to see what early man/women created. 
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  • Suzhou Museum is one of the best museums in East China. I say this not because the museums are better or worse elsewhere in China, but because I've visited too few cities in the north to make a conclusion. To start off, the admission is FREE! You may have to wait for 15 minutes if you show up in the morning, but the line moves fast, and you'll get in soon. The collection is well curated, by the end of it you will have a basic understanding of the history of this region. There is also a collection of modern art pieces donated by renowned Chinese artists. I highly recommend checking it out. You can rent the audio guide for 20 RMB in Chinese and 30 RMB in other languages including English. However, they do run out fast, at least the Chinese ones. If you can read and understand Chinese, I recommend that you use WeChat (WeXin in Chinese) and follow Suzhou Museum's official account. There you can type in the number of the displayed artwork, and receive an interpretation either in text or audio format. It's a popular place for both locals and tourists, young and old, especially the pre-school-aged kids (idk why but they're everywhere in the museum), so please prepare yourself for a rather noisy atmosphere. There are other places within 30 minutes' walk from the museum to enjoy some serenity, but unfortunately not inside the museum. Last but not the least, the architecture is a masterpiece of I.M.Pei, the buildings alone are worth visiting!
  • Always a pleasure to visit here and enjoy the seasonal exhibitions that change frequently. A true beauty to enjoy!
  • Beautiful building encorporating local features. Pei's relatives lived in this city.
  • Old and new, modern and traditional museum. Very intesting place.
  • Probably the best place in Shuzou. They have some really nice and unique items.