Suzhou Garden Museum

Suzhou Garden Museum: Hours, Address, Suzhou Garden Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Suzhou Garden Museum
4.5
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12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Friday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Leona L
Shanghai, China18 contributions
Solo
This is a great museum to prepare your visit to actual classical gardens of Suzhou. There are docents who do free guided tours at certain times of the day. The museum did a great job dissecting key components of Suzhou's classical gardens so you know what to look for when you actually visit one.
Written January 20, 2017
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Andrew D Bell
Southampton, United Kingdom184 contributions
Solo
Squeezed between Suzhou Museum and the Humble Administrator's Garden, the Suzhou Garden Museum gives a free introduction to the gardens of Suzhou, explains why and how they came to be, and includes interesting old photograps depicting what states of disrepair they fell into before they were restored. The museum is small and unlikely to detain you for long. It has a scale model of the Humble Administrator's Garden, which may help you make up your mind whether to fork out 90元 to see the real thing.

(Many of the earlier reviewers describe not Suzhou Garden Museum, but Suzhou Museum, and the visitor photos reflect this.)
Written July 31, 2015
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Aki
Pune, India119 contributions
Family
This was nice museum in the middle of the oldtown Suzhou. Liked that it gave quite much insight to the history of gardens in Suzhou/China and also had good information for the main gardens nowadays available. Good place to visit when planning visits to actual gardens & the Humble administrator's garden is right next door. Allmost all signage / information is also in English too.

No entrance fee & not too busy.
Written September 20, 2014
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midway42
Minnesota2,936 contributions
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I visited the Garden museum after spending a couple hours outside in the "real" garden (see separate review) and found the indoor museum to be the perfect academic addition to the entire collection of Classical Chinese gardens I saw during my time in Suzhou.

The Garden museum starts off with several introductory rooms that explain basic concepts of Chinese gardening, which leads somewhat naturally into the Hall of Garden History and Garden Art. Techniques of Garden Construction are covered next, followed by individual displays on Water Streamlining, Plant Growing, and Rockery Piling. A variety of garden furniture, dioramas, and culture are seen at the end of the museum. As a whole, the entire museum is clearly a new construction with adequate English signage laid out in a logical pattern

I spent about an hour in the museum and I would imagine if this is a passion of yours you could spend an entire day. Thumbs up.
Written October 22, 2011
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Chau Cao
Hanoi, Vietnam13 contributions
Friends
Lovely museum. You should come here before you want to visit actual gardens. You have to buy ticket to visit .
Written September 18, 2017
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Keston A
Penang Island, Malaysia76 contributions
Family
We went to this museum After we had visited the Humble Administrator's Garden, as did not realise that it was a museum on it's own, until we were exiting the HA gardens.
I'd recommend entering this museum first if possible, as it gives you a concise introduction to gardens in general, and then a more detailed introduction to the Suzhou gardens. As others have mentioned, it may also help you decide on whether you want to visit the actual gardens.
Note that there's a difference between this Suzhou GARDEN Museum and another museum just next door called the Suzhou Museum. The Suzhou Garden museum is located between the Suzhou Museum and the HA gardens.
Also, go on a weekday if possible. We had visited on a Sunday, and it was packed.
Written April 9, 2017
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Pudding20142014
Auckland Central, New Zealand128 contributions
Friends
Very famous museum in China, not for the exhibits, but for the architecture. After the tour, I have to say the museum is a truly must-do in Suzhou. The relics and art piece on display were amazing and they were a good way to learn about the city and China. Besides, the museum itself was beautiful, sustainable and in harmony with the local architectural features.
Written January 20, 2016
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Florine C
Singapore, Singapore23 contributions
Family
After visiting the Humble Administrators Gardens, we stumbled upon this nondescript museum when we were backing to the car. It is through a side door in the stretch if wall from the HA Gardens.
The museum traces the history of gardens in Suzhou. It provides much information on how the gardens were conceived and created through thousands of years. The explanations gave greater understanding of the gardens I visited in the last 2 days and certainly more appreciation of the thoughts behind the plants, flowers, rockery, water features and buildings. In fact, visit it before going to the gardens and see them in a different light.
Written December 22, 2015
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Robredo
GZ424 contributions
Solo
From here you can learn about the history of Suzhou Garden, so you can the best or most special part of every garden, and if you don't know which one to visit, by visiting here, you can make your decision according to your own interest.
Written November 18, 2015
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mohanmonu99
Bengaluru, India47 contributions
Friends
The museum holds the history of gardening in China, lots of replicas and miniatures. Bonsai garden in the museum is good.
Written May 12, 2015
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Suzhou Garden Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM