Gansu Provincial Museum
Gansu Provincial Museum
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Samantha
36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
Great collection of fossils and some lovely bronze age horses! There is an entire room dedicated to just pottery from pre-bronze age which was a bit repetitive for me but to each their own! The fossil/dinosaur rooms were great with good mix of English signs. There are entire rooms made up to look like some of the great sights of the silk roads which was different! But fun.
Entrance was tricky as the tickets are only available through their Chinese only app and they were quite rude about allowing me entrance dispute my various green codes and recent NAT negative result so be warned!
Written August 6, 2021
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Lex Faure
Knysna, South Africa148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
I love the Gansu Museum and have visited it numerous times and will continue doing so.
It has very high-quality exhibits, which change often. For a traveller, a lot of information is available about the history of the area and places to visit.
Excellent historic details, artefacts and background to the Silk Route.
Also, exhibits which highlight the attractions of Lanzhou surroundings.
The gift shop is very high quality with unique products only available from this museum.
If you are in Lanzhou, don't miss a visit to the museum, and it's free if you show your foreign passport.
Written September 16, 2019
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travelphysics
Vienna, Austria82 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Business
We spent 4 hours in the museum and had to stop because of closing time. It is quite rambling and you should take care not missing a corridor. Plenty of history of the area around Lanzhou, as well as the silk road was shown. But not only the history in terms of the past thousand years, also dinosaurs etc. Unfortunately we couldn't make it anymore to the exhibition about the "red" time (communists).
Written October 10, 2018
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AngmohofArabia
Bangkok, Thailand351 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
This museum has an interesting collection of Gansa province artifacts. Especially the section on 5000 years old pries is world class. Unfortunately, the pieces are not very well presented and hardly any descriptions in English. The tacky plastic flowers everywhere and the big groups of bored local kids don’t help either. Entrance is free
Written January 16, 2024
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Haelen
Voorburg, The Netherlands396 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
This museum is more interesting than I expected. There is an interesting collection of Silk Road items from excavations. If you have time in Lanzhou, it is for sure worth a visit.
Written December 12, 2017
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Archaeobuff
Sydney, Australia2,033 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Solo
This musuem has many fine exhibits but this iconic 2000 yo statue is the iconic symbol of Han China that you will find repeated all over China - even in Xinjiang cities such as Dunhuang and Kashgar.
Of all the pieces of art I wished to see in China the most anticipated was this 2000 year old bronze from the Han dynasty - an absolute national treasure and having seem it I understand why. It is exquisite considering its age. Not so good for the poor little swallow. But it is not on the ground - it is flying. The swallow, startled, is turning back with its eyes wide-open. And the horse seems to also feel that something is wrong. Gasping, it bends its head to the left.
This is one of 100 treasures that are not allowed to leave China.
It was unearthed 39 years ago in a General's grave.
I was terribly fortunate to wait long enough to get a 360 degree video with no one in the way - woohoo.
The history of the time when this bronze was made was also important to China as the Gansu region was resisting the Huns from the south. The area was also a crucial stop on the Silk Road.
There is also a huge skeleton of a brontosaurus which was something to behold.
Written October 8, 2017
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Allan & Amy T
Edmonton, Canada348 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
There are excellent exhibits and artifacts located within the museum

The most famous is the bronze sculpture of the flying horse

It is also a good place for,the introduction of the Silk Road

The museum is organized into multiple sections including some of the highlights of the Tang Dynasty and also the Qin dynasty how he conquered the other states to become the Great emperor

The guides were excellent and speak very good English

Don,t miss it!!!
Written September 26, 2017
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BenChar_Wilson
Christchurch, New Zealand29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Business
The bronze horse is amazing, the other pottery exhibits were good too, considering they are so old. We were lucky to be with a group that had a translator, however because we were on a tour we didn't get to see the whole museum. You could happily spend several hours mesmerised by the ancient Chinese history. Gifts upon exit were very expensive though!
Written March 18, 2017
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MooncakeVixen
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
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 was the camel dragging a Hu gentleman. You would swear from a certain angle the camel is laughing. The jade is lovely, especially the Neolithic jade. The museum book is 95% in Chinese, with a brief English introduction and English titles for the pictures. They do not have an English edition. Buy it anyway if you like to collect museum books.
Written November 15, 2016
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tumbuna
Sydney, Australia337 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The pottery from 6000 years and later is the prime attraction of this museum. The Flying Horse of Wuwei is also here but not much else. There are some displays of Han tombs but if you have visited Xian you will have seen this already. All-in-all no real reason to stop off in Lanzhou unless you are taking a bus elsewhere.
Written June 8, 2010
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