Guo State Museum

Guo State Museum, Sanmenxia: Hours, Address, Guo State Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Guo State Museum
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM

12 reviews
Very good

Gary T
Xinzheng, China525 contributions
Guo State Fabulous Tombs & Chariot Burial Museum at Sanmenxia
Mar 2015 • Friends
The discovery of the Guo State Tombs and chariot burial was one of the great archaeological finds of the 20th century. The museum built over the graves and chariots is world class. Some of the most important Chinese artifacts have been unearthed from these royal tombs which date from late Western Zhou to early Spring & Autumn, c. 900 BC. The entire museum is on my Chinese history website (116,000 photos free to anyone), and the photos I posted here come from at least 3 different visits. The chariot burial is one of the best in China. The bronze ritual vessels are superb, but it is the jade artifacts which are the most striking. While provincial and city museums in China are free, this one costs. It is totally worth the price. And the museum itself is quite striking. The only downside to this museum is that several of the most important artifacts have been taken by the Henan Provincial Museum in Zhengzhou, leaving only copies at Sanmenxia. This place is well worth taking a train to visit for a day, as there are several other historic and scenic spots nearby.
Written October 19, 2015
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Jo B
Drouin, Australia18 contributions
Interesting place to visit.
Oct 2013 • Friends
This museum was very interesting to visit - and was enjoyable to to learn more about the Guo empire and learn more about the history of this area. The artefacts were so old and well looked after.
Written July 18, 2014
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Chicago, IL292 contributions
Lots of Stairs but great exhibits
May 2014 • Friends
There are 4 flights of stairs to walk to access this museum! We did not see that there was any other way in. However, the exhibits of pottery, bronzes, chariots, and burials were well-worth it! Access to the lower floors of the museum where the chariots and burials are exhibited is by sloping ramp. It was somewhat sad to see that previous visitors had thrown money down into the graves, but that appears to be rather common in China.

Although the English sub-titles are sparse, as is usual in Chinese museums "off the beaten track," English-speaking guides are available for a small fee.

The large wall maps permit one to see the political make-up of the early dukedoms in this area of China. Outside the museum is a field where there are additional, unexcavated graves.

If your surname is Guo or are over 70 years of age, admission is free.

I'd highly recommend visiting this museum for a clear understanding of the development of early China and for what drove early nobles to make alliances.
Written June 5, 2014
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Due West, South Carolina72 contributions
A small, but very nice, museum
May 2012 • Friends
Sanmenxia's Guo State Museum is small, but very good. There are numerous bronzes, weapons, pieces of jade and jewelry, but the main attraction is the chariot burial, with 19 chariots and skeletons of 38 horses. The museum is modern and its artifacts tastefuly presented. The museum is well worth a visit if you are in Sanmenxia.
Written May 25, 2012
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