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“Great collection of Chinese artifacts” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chen Art Gallery

Chen Art Gallery
1625 Abalone Ave, at Sunrider International, Torrance, CA 90501
310-222-9192
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Ranked #4 of 7 Attractions in Torrance
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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“Great collection of Chinese artifacts”
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, and her enthusiasm for the museum and art there was obvious. We really enjoyed this tour and will be back for sure when we're in the area. There is also a garden, which we did not have time to visit but maybe next time!

Visited November 2012
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“Well Worth Visiting -- Make A Reservation”
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 the next.
The only way to see the gallery is through a guided tour made with a reservation (highly recommended) and free of charge. Holly was our guide and she provided so much interesting information that gave us more of an appreciation about the life during that dynasty and the artists who created such exquisite objects. The only wish that we had was that we had a little more time to linger a few minutes longer so that we could fully appreciate all of the collection. We were also able to visit the garden located a block away from the gallery. The garden shows the herbs and flowers that are used for medicinal purposes. There is also a Koi pond, waterfall and gazebo.
The gallery is open on Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Visited October 2012
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MingQingGal, Museum Coordinator at Chen Art Gallery, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
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 is listed on our website). Currently we limit the tour to about 1 1/2 hours but on days that we are not so busy that day we sometimes can stretch it out longer for guests who really appreciate the art work and don't mind being on their feet for longer, such as yourselves.

Glad to hear that you had the time to visit our garden area as well.

We sincerely hope that you will visit us again the next time you are in town!
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