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Gansu Provincial Museum

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Address: No.3 Xijin West Road, Qilihe District, Lanzhou 730000, China
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+86 931 234 6308
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An excellent museum worth a minimum of three hours of your time. The museum is free but you must get a ticket to enter. The Silk Road exhibit is well thought out and has nice... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 15, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

An excellent museum worth a minimum of three hours of your time. The museum is free but you must get a ticket to enter. The Silk Road exhibit is well thought out and has nice signage in English. The Fossils are nice. The Buddhist art gallery is mesmerizing, especially the Tang Buddha. I especially liked the tri-colored pottery. My favorite... More 

Thank MooncakeVixen
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

This museum is a pearl with its unique collection from ancient China. You will see pottery with 8000 years old! Bronze sculptures including the famous Gansu flying horse! Beautifully perfect it is difficult to imagine that this horse has almost 2000 years! Must see in Lanzhou!

Thank Alessandra A
Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

I visited this museum soon after arriving in Lanzhou. I took the #1 bus from NanGuanShiZi station on Qingyang Road. The museum is free, locals need to show their ID card, foreigners, a passport. Nice exhibits, not all have signs in English.

Thank namei18
Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

Many things to see in the museum. Red Gansu was about the formation of the Communist Party. Fossils are available. Excellent and free of charge

Thank auntiedoris
Ware, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2016 via mobile

Really great museum and although I was disappointed that the Silk Road exhibit was closed the rest of the museum was very good and worth the visit. From prehistoric history of gansu through to the present some great exhibits. Worth spending a few hours and a nice museum shop on the ground floor.

Thank rosie38c
Stowe, Vermont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2015

Also fossils if you like such things. They have a magnificent copper flying horse on display and dinosaurs but I am not sure that they are made of real bones.

Thank maryevslin
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2015

An excellent museum to learn about the province of Gansu. Nice rendition of Chinese culture in the northwest of China. You will appreciate the history of Silk Road and significance of the statue of mother of all rivers.

Thank Venerando B
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

Very nice museum to visit. Spend about 3.5 hours inside. Entry is free if you can display a photo ID. Total 3 floor with different themes. 1. Prehistoric of Gansu 2. Silk road history 3. Artefacts of GanSu. 4. History of Buddism influence in China Very interesting, we took our time , slowly read up the history and enjoy understanding... More 

Thank Zach C
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2015

I almost wasn't let in for wearing sandals, I had to beg! Obviously once inside I saw Chinese people in sandals, socks & sandals etc >:-( This museum is world class. The artefacts are stunning. The museum is gem of Gansu. Great section on paleontology and other dinosaur titbits. Free to enter, passport, required for entry.

Thank YorkHiker
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2015 via mobile

Located in Lanzhou City and built in 1956, this modern building is the biggest comprehensive museum in the Gansu province. It provides visitors with a unique showcases of the natural resources and historic collections of potteries and treasures of ancient grottoes particularly those in the province! There is also a section on dinosaurs and the pre-historic eras. We enjoyed our... More 

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