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Suzhou Museum

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Address: Dongbei Jie near Lindman Lu, Suzhou 215001, China
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Private Day-Tour: Suzhou Museum and Tongli Water Town From Shanghai
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Beautiful museum

Excellent museum going through the history of Suzhou and the Jiangsu area. Excellent exhibits with priceless antiques and historical items on display. Has free guided tours of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very famous museum, mostly because it was designed by I.M. Pei. We had to line up for more than two hours in a 90 degree temperature before being able to enter it. The architecture follows that style of the Suzhou gardens. It is simple and reminds one of a zen atmosphere. There are so many visitors, no... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If Suzhou is your only stop in China, or if you're a huge fan of Chinese art, this might be a good stop. Otherwise, not worth the queue. To me (admittedly as someone who's not a fan of traditional art), it was very similar to the art museums in other Chinese cities, just smaller.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent museum going through the history of Suzhou and the Jiangsu area. Excellent exhibits with priceless antiques and historical items on display. Has free guided tours of the museum. More difficult to get a tour guide then other tourist areas in Suzhou, so might be a little difficult for non-Chinese speakers, still worth a visit though.

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Hong Kong
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Designed by I.M Pei, the museum building boasts a stunning modern architecture combined with key elements of landscape gardening that are heart and soul of Suzhou. Yet overall collection is rather small, compare to peers in Nanjing, Hangzhou, Shanghai etc. Suzhou was the ancient capital of Wu which dates back over 2500 years, one would naturally expect a larger display... More 

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Shanghai Region, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the museum is a masterclass in architecture through updating a traditional language to is contemporary form. the collection is not that impressive, however of the China lovers it will make evident the rich and colourful tradition of this country. Do stroll through the gardens next door as well, the Humble administrator's garden and in the scenic area in the centre.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is a hidden gem. It contains relics from the Warring States, 1,000 years BC. Of course, this is China and you'll uncover cultural relics easily on any excavation. You'll appreciate Suzhou and its historical significance a lot more than before.

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Fullerton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Really enjoyed the Suzhou Museum. New building to house the exhibited art. This museum uses arts of various kinds from the bronze age to present to tell the history of China and the Wu Era in this Yangtze River delta area. Labeling of exhibits is fantastic, so one gets the historical perspective of ceramics, woodworking, the development of the silk... More 

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Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

This museum is beautiful. Enjoy the artifacts and the architecture. Many of the descriptions are also in English. There is a nice cafe for drinks and snacks.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Designed by IM Pei, the building itself is a wonderful thing to look at. The exhibits were equally interesting and historically significant. The museum has free entry so expect large crowds. Top tip: A neat tip to beat the crowds is to book online. Hardly anyone does this, but you can skip waiting in line and go straight to the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

The Suzhou museum is located very near the Humble Administrator's Garden and the Lion Forest Garden. The building itself is modern and famously designed by the celebrated IM Pei and worth a quick duck-in just for that. The number of exhibits is pretty small, so you can complete your visit in less than an hour. Plus its free! What I... More 

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