Suzhou Museum
Suzhou Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Viator
Berkeley, CA6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
I tried to visit this museum during my visit to Suzhou but they’ve moved to an all online WeChat ticketing system that you apparently need a Chinese national ID to access . I was sent to the visitor center where they then told me no tickets were available for the whole next week, despite that I could see people scanning the QR code and proceeding to enter the museum. Not foreigner friendly, probably should avoid.
Written January 27, 2023
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connieli32
Argegno, Italy114 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
You have to book a week ahead of time. There are no walk ins. You might find it difficult to book if you don’t have a WeChat account or Chinese payment methods. Staff told us either passports or Chinese ids would work. Free for people over 60, no tickets needed, just come with passport or Chinese id
Written July 26, 2023
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swissfarmboy
Manila, Philippines41 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The architecture is forgettable or a big let down if you came with expectations. The toilets a disaster considering how busy the place is. The lighting is downright terrible for a museum. What is on display simply disappears in dark, flat lighting. It was a waste of time.
Written October 22, 2023
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Sue Lee
Singapore, Singapore3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
I've followed many I M Pei's design from other parts of the world. However, this is probably the most classic one showcasing the tradtional Chinese symbols. Be notice that it's also popular among Chinese tourists. Better to choose a weekday to visit.
Written May 13, 2020
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wubbuwu
San Francisco, CA230 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Just returned from China. While in Suzhou we visited the new, I.M. Pei designed Suzhou Museum. We were there 2 weeks after the Oct 8th grand opening. It's a small museum, easily toured in a couple hours. And it's a nice break from the beautiful gardens for which Suzhou is famous.

The exhibits are very nice, from cultural items to ancient art, to very modern pieces.
The bathrooms are excellent, and the museum shop is a gem. Prices are higher than the street, but they have an excellent selection of items you can be sure really are hand made. The quality is much better than any of the tourist area shops we saw. The shop staff are helpful and all English speaking. Only disappointment is that they don't yet have a book of the museum yet. But they say that will be coming soon.
Written November 6, 2006
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DALee8
Shanghai392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This Museum is a must-see attraction in Suzhou. First, it is a uniquely interesting building, combining traditional features and modern building concepts. The Architect, I M Pei, devoted special care and attention to this project as his forefathers had owned and lived in the nearby Lion Grove Garden. Second, it contains quite a range of interesting exhibits related to Suzhou's history and its artistic past. Visitors will not have to spend an undue amount of time to get a good look of all the displays. The Gift Shop has an attractive selection of souvenirs and art objects. A good buy is the Museum's own DVD which documents how the building was conceived by Pei and constructed under his firm's supervision.
Written November 7, 2010
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SaileshSarmah
Tinsukia, India237 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Friends
The Entry is Free - This is a drawing point as most of the attractions in Suzhou and China attracts an entry fee.
This is a really good small museum with quite a bit of interesting collections of Art, Relics & Artifacts of Ancient China.
There are two parts of the Museum - on is the modern building and the other is the old building. The modern building also houses a good collection of art & artifacts from personal collectors.
Overall it a must visit place if you are in Suzhou.
Written June 3, 2013
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Josiah J
Asheville, North Carolina, United States63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Family
This museum is worth visiting just to see the architectural features designed by one of Suzhou's most famous native sons. It also hosts an impressive array of objects, from an intricately painted coffin to a nice selection of Ming dynasty porcelain.
Written January 29, 2013
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Carson Q
West New York, NJ238 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I was impressed very much with the Suzhou Museum. Afer a long, hot day, we decided to go here because...well...it was air conditioned. But we also found that it was a pretty high quality museum, an more modern version of the Shanghai Museum, especially in its striking interior and exterior design. I.M. Pei did a very nice job here, especially in the "gardens," a clashing style between the contemporary and the classical. The museum itself is a work of art. The collection is worth a look as well, but not much different from its Shanghai counterpart.

Other than air conditioning and its impressive designs, there are other reasons to come here too:

location. It's right next to the Humble Administrator Garden, and a short taxi ride away from the rail station.

value. It's FREE.

Make sure you put this on your itinerary in Suzhou.
Written July 4, 2009
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Kuala Lumpur540 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The visit to the museum was the highlight of our trip to Suzhou. It is modern Chinese architecture at its best. The garden is simple and elegant, capturing all the beauty and essence of Chinese aesthetic, indeed a place for contemplation on a quiet day. It was very refreshing after visiting the classical gardens. For those who are interested in the museum collections, you might need to allocate extra time for the visit as there is a 1 hour video show with time-table displayed at the entrance. Even if one is not interested in history, it's still an attraction not to be missed when visiting in Suzhou. Admission is free. Close on Monday.
Written April 19, 2009
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