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Dunhuang Museum

No.1390 North MingShaShan Road, Dunhuang, China
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Ranked #7 of 40 Attractions in Dunhuang
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • English first
  • French first
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Shanghai Region, China
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This newly built museum is worth a visit! Good, modern exhibits, all labeled in Putonghua, English, Japanese and Korean, give a good background on the historical significance of Dunhuang.

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Te Puke, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Not too much, and very well layed out. The building itself is worth a visit. Adds enormously to a visit to the Mogao caves.

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Chepstow, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We spent 4-5 days in Dunhuang, I think Wednesday to Sat/Sun. Every time we tried to visit it was closed, despite us being told it would be open. We walked past at least twice a day the whole time we were there but it was never open? I'm sure the museum would be a good one, if only it was... More 

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Top Contributor
159 reviews 159 reviews
69 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

At long last, Dunhuang has a museum worthy of the location. Some of our favourite artefacts from the older museum that was in the centre of town are no longer on display, but that is a minor disappointment compared to this well laid-out (we dubbed it the "Silk Road Guggenheim" for its spiral walkways and central atrium) new museum with... More 

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La Spezia, Italy
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

This is a good and recently built Museum , which shows a lot of interesting items about the "Silk Road " The items are well exposed . If you are passing through Dunhuang , have one hour for visiting this Museum . Unfortunately there are no english translations which describes the items !

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Shanghai, China
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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Interesting museum. To know more about Dunhuang and surroundings at the time of the Silk Road... Airconditioned!

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Orange County
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78 reviews 78 reviews
36 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

The museum used to be located toward the center of town and we went there first, before learning it has moved to this newer building...so be sure you have the right location. It is a very impressive building with beautiful display environments. It is free but you must show ID, and even totes and day packs must be checked. Unfortunately,... More 

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San Francisco, California, USA
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Huge new museum for the history of Dunhuang. Lots of maps, but mostly in Chinese. You can get a better idea of the Hexi Corridor if you can read Chinese.

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New York City, New York
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60 reviews 60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Excellent presentation in a very clean, well laid out museum, just moved on the road to the dunes. If you cannot spend a day to Mogao, at least spend an hour here (and go take a drink on the terrace of the Silk Road Hotel)

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