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Address: 1625 Abalone Ave, at Sunrider International, Torrance, CA 90501
Phone Number: +1 310-222-9192
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Description: A private art collection open to the public that features several rooms of...
A private art collection open to the public that features several rooms of Chinese art spanning 5000 years of history. The Chen Art Gallery features many rare examples of imperial porcelains, snuff bottles, Ming and Qing furniture, Buddhist art, cloisonne, snuff bottles, jades, ancient pottery and ancient bronzes. Visitors need to call ahead to schedule a docent-guided tour which lasts between 1 1/2 to 2 hours. For groups of 10-30 people it is best to call several weeks in advance to make your reservation. Hours: Tuesdays - Fridays 10:00am - 4:00pm Closed all major holidays
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It's like being invited into the inner sanctum - very private, gorgeously detailed & curated. We spent hours looking at every item - it helps to have a docent point out the best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 11, 2014
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Torrance, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

It's like being invited into the inner sanctum - very private, gorgeously detailed & curated. We spent hours looking at every item - it helps to have a docent point out the best treasures.

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Wayne, PA
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

I read about this on Trip Advisor before visiting in Torrance. I have NEVER been disappointed from fellow TA reviewers. Our guide was excellent and had a wealth of knowledge to impart. Who knew that jade was more valuable than gold?! This collection is certainly the envy of many museums of art and exceeds many museums in value. There are... More 

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Torrance, California
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23 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

I was really surprised at the items this gallery displayed. It all was so fascinating. There were so many really priceless artifacts on display. One fascinating thing was the porcelain pillow. There were numerous really ornate vases. The items of emperors on display were elegant and interesting. The emperor robes were elegant.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

Nestled within the Sunrider corporate building, Chen Art Gallery offers a vast variety of period pieces from the ancient royal Chinese dynasties. Themes are arranged within categories such as furniture of the Ming Dynasty, Xing Dynasty, pottery, jade, paintings, calligraphy, snuff bottles, royal apparel, and religious artifacts. Some historical pieces date back as far as 3000 years ago, with many... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

I am glad I found information about this museum online and called for a reservation. I expected much smaller collection for a free gallery, but collection is impressive and includes emperors' furniture, pottery, porcelain, clothes, etc from 5000 years period. We came 40 minutes earlier and had time to visit beautiful botanical garden nearby. We had a 1,5 hours tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We were surprised by the extensive collection of Chinese art pieces in this hidden museum. The collection has items from the neolithic period up to contemporary artwork, and everything in between. There are more things here than we've seen in many other museums. Also, you are given a tour of the collection. Our guide was Holly. She is very knowledgeable,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We were surprised by the extensive collection of Chinese art pieces in this hidden museum. The collection has items from the neolithic period up to contemporary artwork, and everything in between. There are more things here than we've seen in many other museums. Also, you are given a tour of the collection. Our guide was Holly. She is very knowledgeable,... More 

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This is a rare GEM, well worth making the time to visit. Dr. Tei-Fu Chen has spent 30 years collecting rare items from China. He allows visitors a chance to glimpse into Imperial China some that are 5,000 years old. There are beautiful objects from the various dynasties, we could understand the differences between the styles from one dynasty to... More 

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MingQingGal, Museum Coordinator at Chen Art Gallery, responded to this review

Dear Visitors, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review and including valuable info about visiting the Chen Art Gallery. We always do our best to accommodate walk ins but we have become so popular and busy that now we are requesting our guests to call ahead to schedule their visit (our phone number... More 

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