Suzhou Silk Museum

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Suzhou Silk Museum
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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R luttrell
Ontario, CA4 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
So first and foremost be aware if you don’t walk out with purchases it takes over 2 months for shipping. I purchased silk bedding with a free second blanket (silk). Along with 2 (silk) pillows. The tag on the pillows which is in Chinese says silk pillow, yet I had the rest translated at home when it arrived (google translate didn’t work there) and tag says 5% mulberry silk 95% cotton. The blanket set was a retag to alter blanket contents with no content labeling though if fells like silk. The free blanket which was on display but couldn’t be touched is cotton with an unknown fill. I wouldn’t of bought the pillows if I knew it was 5% silk. (Over $100 USD). So I guess buyer beware.
Written January 12, 2020
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Mish M
Johannesburg, South Africa57 contributions
Dec 2019
Small, interesting museum from the ancient history of silk to modern times. Includes working looms, beautiful silk fabric from thousands of years ago, and a good shop
Written January 1, 2020
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BillPNo1
Friendswood, TX690 contributions
Nov 2019
My Wife and I visited the Suzhou Silk Culture Expo Museum along with our tour group when we were in Suzhou last month. We were treated to an excellent demonstration of all phases of the silk growing, processing, and manufacturing processes. We had hands-on experience with the raw silk right from the silkworm's boll and a view of historic and modern looms and weaving machines. What a learning experience! - and so very interesting. Of course, our tour ended in the display and sales room of silk bedding before we were able to explore the general sales floor of silk apparel. It was a very good experience and almost everyone in the group made purchases of the fine material - even if they had not originally planned to do so. MNany of the group made extensive purchases. Very interesting!
Written December 28, 2019
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Paul K
Lynn, MA248 contributions
Nov 2019
As part of our tour we were required to go to the silk museum and factory. It was interesting but I felt a little drawn out. After the tour in the factory you can but high quality silk at a good price.
Written November 25, 2019
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Traveldad65
Bloomington, MN87 contributions
Sep 2019
There seems to be some confusion between the Silk museum and the factory that has silk items to sell - The Silk museum is a real museum with very good displays that explain how silk was discovered and the history of silk farming and weaving in China. In addition to the history they have two working hand looms - one making silk cloth and one making velvet. Both are two person looms that are interesting to watch as they make the intricate patterns.
The most interesting part for me was the live mulberry bushes and silkworms that showed how the silkworms develop and make their cocoons.
Written November 23, 2019
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geo3
Calgary, Canada1,246 contributions
Apr 2019
I was here as part of a tour group, so our guide gave us some explanations, but there are also some explanatory panels in English. This museum gave a complete explanation of the process for creating silk, from the mulberry plants outside the entrance, through to the pupas and an explanation of the process used to grade them, through to the unwinding and creating of the silk thread, and then the weaving of products. Some ladies were demonstrating how silk duvets are created in multiple layers, and we got the chance to try our hand at stretching out a silk layer. All in all, very interesting.

There is a huge shop at the end, but for us there was zero pressure to buy anything, you could just browse if that is what you wished to do. I bought a silk duvet, as I had been told by friends who had visited this place in the past that the quality and price were very good here (and they were). The duvet was shipped by boat and arrived safely within six weeks, as promised by the shop.
Written November 16, 2019
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Alan R
Cambridge, UK1,248 contributions
Oct 2019
The museum does well to explain both the history of silk making and actually demonstrate it with looms weaving silk live. The building has a pleasing design
Written October 29, 2019
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Milligate
Croydon, Australia289 contributions
Oct 2019
dont expect a tour of the museum, we were herded into a room & given the hard sell. The silk is lovely.
Written October 24, 2019
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Llewellyn53
Melbourne, Australia3,896 contributions
Oct 2019
We were on an escorted tour so we got the full sales and benefits lecture first and it was certainly very entertaining. In fact the health benefits of silk are so numerous i was sorry i bought the green tea earlier in the trip because apparently silk can cure every ailment known to man. Informative and hilarious presentation followed by a relatively short explanation on how silk is actually extracted from the cocoon which was a bit unfortunate. Plenty of items on sale including bundled pillow/duvet/mattress cover sets with free gifts but be aware that some items in the shop upstairs are made from silk blended with nylon etc
Written October 16, 2019
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lucycan
Minneapolis, MN2,880 contributions
Sep 2019
Not sure where else you can go (in the world?) to learn both the history of silk making and see it being done live. Truly eye opening! Yes, there is a shop at the end, but there was ZERO pressure to buy anything and it was actually nice to see some of the items that were available.
Written September 29, 2019
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