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The Top 10 Museums in Sichuan

Chengdu isn't famous for its museums, but it is perhaps one of the top 4 or 5 cities in Mainland China for museums. The main reason is that it has ancient archeological sites in it that are much older than the Terracotta Warriors, and these are almost as interesting in terms of artifacts.

Along with these two archeological sites, the Chengdu government has built large comprehensive museums for everything from Sichuan history, to Sichuan cuisine, to technology and science that are highly accessible for tourists in the central city area near subways. Other areas of Sichuan have good museums too. So based on popularity, content, and ease of access for tourists, here is our list of the Top 10 Museums people can visit in Sichuan.

1. The Sanxingdui Site Museum

Sanxingdui mask artifactThis Sanxingdui mask is about 3,000 years old.
  • Chinese: 三星堆博物馆 Sanxingdui Bowuguan
  • Ticket/fee: 82 RMB (about 11.60 USD) 42 RMB students (updated 2017)
  • Address: South Bank of Qian River (usually called Yazi River), Guanghan City. It is about 40 kilometers north of Chengdu.
  • Hours May to October, 08:30-20:00; November to April, 08:30-18:30. No tickets sold in last 60 minutes; closed on Mondays.

The Sanxingdui Site Museum is the best museum in Sichuan, but it isn't the most popular because there is no quick metro link to it. It is just outside the Chengdu metropolitan region in Guanghan, and it is reachable in less than an hour from central Chengdu.

Sichuan's history starts with this site. It is the first known civilization in southern China.

2. The Jinsha Archaeological Site Museum

jinsha ruins museumGolden mask from the Jinsha site
  • Chinese: 金沙遗址博物馆 
  • Ticket/fee: 80 RMB (about 11 US) (updated 2018)
  • Address: 2 Jinsha Site Road, Qingyang District (青羊区金沙遗址路2号)

The Jinsha Site Museum is the most popular museum in Sichuan. It is usually considered one of the top 8 things to do in Chengdu. Archeologists think it might be the same culture as the Sanxingdui site, but it is about 200 years younger. It's own subway station, the Jinsha Museum Station on line 7, makes travel convenient.

3. Chengdu Museum New Building

  • Chinese: 成都博物馆新馆
  • Ticket/fee: None, but you must have a ticket to enter. Foreigners should show their passports.
  • Address: No. 1 Xiaohe Street, Qingyang District. It is adjacent to Tianfu Square Station. It is the central hub station for Chengdu, and you can reach it on metro Lines 1 and 2.

The Chengdu Museum New Building is a large new building that sits prominently on Tianfu Square in the exact center of Chengdu. It is the best comprehensive museum in Sichuan, and for learning about the region’s history, culture, and even geography, you can make it one of the first places to visit to help you know more about Sichuan and what you can do around Chengdu.

4. Dufu Thatched Cottage and Museum

du fu thatched cottageThe Hall of Odes
  • Chinese: 杜甫草堂
  • Ticket/fee: 60 RMB (about 9 USD) (updated 2018)
  • Address: Caotang Road, Qingyang Gongshangquan, Qingyang District. 15 minutes from Line 4, North Caotang Road Station.

Dufu's Thatched Cottage is a large park and garden area. It is mainly about the favorite Chinese poet Dufu.

5. Sichuan Museum

  • Chinese 四川博物院
  • Ticket/fee: None. Foreigners should register at the foreigner entrance.
  • Address: 251 Huanhua Road South, Qingyang District (青羊区浣花南路251号)
  • Hours: summer: 09:00-21:00; winter: 09:00-20:00; no entry for the last 30 minutes; closed on Mondays

This is a large museum with 3 floors. It is rich with historical and cultural artifacts from around the whole region. Ethnic history is a highlight.

6. Dujiangyan Museum

dujiangyan irrigation projectDujiangyan still irrigates the fields near Chengdu.
  • Chinese: 都江堰博物馆
  • Ticket/fee: 80 RMB (about 11 US)
  • Address: In Dujiangyan. It is an hour away by private vehicle. A fast train from the Chengdu Railway Station goes to Dujiangyan City.
  • Hours: March 2 through November: 08:00-18:00; December 1 to March 1: 08:00-17:30

Dujiangyan: This little museum is free and has photographs and historical displays. But it's most interesting exhibit is the ancient 2,400-year-old water diversion project itself.

The huge Dujiangyan Irrigation Project is one of the most popular tourist places in Chengdu, and it is conveniently near a panda reserve. If you'd like to do a 1-Day Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer tour and see the project too afterward, contact us.

7. Sichuan Cuisine Museum

cooking class
  • Chinese: 川菜博物馆
  • Ticket/fee: 60 RMB for general admission (360 RMB to take part in a cooking class)
  • Hours: 09:00-18:00

The Museum of Sichuan Cuisine might be one of your favorites if you like Sichuan food. You can learn to make Kang Pao Chicken and other dishes or relax in their tea house in between various activities. Or you could just eat! See our Half-Day Sichuan Cuisine Cooking Tour.

8. Zigong Dinosaur Museum

ZigongZigong Dinosaur Museum's fossil site.
  • Chinese: 自贡恐龙博物馆
  • Ticket/fee: 40 RMB (5.70 USD) for general admission
  • Address: On the North Ring Road, Dashanpu Town, Da'an District, Zigong
  • Hours: 09:00-18:00

The Zigong Dinosaur Museum would be a lot more popular were it not in a remote area, Zigong, 2 hours from Chengdu by vehicle and about 4 to 8 hours away by public transportation. But if you love fossils and want to see a fossil site up close, you can do so here. It isn't a large museum though. A visit might take only two hours, and we can arrange convenient and quick transportation.

9. Sanhe Classic Car Museum

  • Chinese: 三和老爷车博物馆
  • Ticket/fee: 60 RMB (8 USD)
  • Address: 2 Xinyuan South Road, Jichang Road, High-tech Zone. By the 3rd Ring Road.
  • Hours: 09:00-18:00

This is a museum about antique cars by the 3rd Ring Road. The collection of cars range from one of the world's first, a Benz, to Ferraris.

10. Sichuan Science and Technology Museum

  • Chinese: 四川科技馆
  • Ticket free, but tourists should bring a passport.
  • Address: Near the central Tianfu Square Metro Station of Chengdu. Lines 1 and 2 meet there. Exit G.
  • Hours: 9:00-17:00, closed on Mondays except during the summer holiday period.

The Sichuan Science and Technology Museum is especially attractive for people who are interested in scientific and technology topics and want something to do when they are at Tianfu Square. It is a huge 4-story building in Chengdu's central scenic square.

Enjoy Sichuan History and Museums with Us

museum of sichuan cuisineOur guests enjoyed a cooking class at the Sichuan Cuisine Museum.

Our expert guides can explain Sichuan's history to you and help you understand the exhibits and displays in the museums and the historical sites.

With our help, your trip to Sichuan will not only be recreational and fun but an exciting learning and cultural experience for you and your whole family.

We'll do the hard work of transporting you, arranging meals you'll like, and etcetera, and you can just relax.

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