Sichuan Museum

Sichuan Museum, adjacent to Huanhua Stream Park in the west of Chengdu city, is the largest comprehensive museum in southwestern China. Sichuan, rich in natural resources and strong culture, is reputed to be the ‘The Land of Abundance’. Thus, a range of the province’s historical collections can be found in the museum.

The Sichuan Museum covers an area of 12,900 square meters (15,400 square yards) with 14 exhibition halls and hosts various unique exhibits. The collections feature 260,000 items, which places it sixth in China proper. The rare historical relics number no less than 60,000, of which more than 1,399 are unrivaled. These have assured its importance among public museums across the whole country.

The cultural relics of Sichuan Museum are generally categorized into ceramics, stone sculpture, bronze wares, pottery, ancient coins, calligraphy and paintings, folk art and crafts, stone inscription and modern works of art. All of these collections bear various stories relevant to strong Shu-Han (221 – 263AD) overtones. Collections from the skull of Ziyang Man (3000 BC) to the paintings and artworks of the famous contemporary artists can cater to the interests of most visitors. Meanwhile, Sichuan Museum is also a good place for those who want to research the local history. (Travel China Guide)

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