Guangdong Museum
Guangdong Museum
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Mike B
Christchurch, New Zealand138 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
A good stroll around the museum. Take your passport, and sidestep any que, with free international visitor entry. They took our lighters on entry, and we were told we could get them back when leaving. Not true. There was a box of old random lighters at the gate, but not our good ones anywhere.
Written January 5, 2024
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NiHaoGZUS
Guangzhou, China8 contributions
Nov 2019
Just bring your passport and enjoy the day for free at the museum. Lots to see here. My kids love the dinosaur bone exhibit. Great place to learn about some of China and Guangdong's history. Also check the website to find which day they are closed. Went there and it was closed...
Written February 12, 2020
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina64,995 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
Very nice collection of exhibits, with a concentration on Guangdong history and artifacts. On this visit, I concentrated on viewing the exhibition halls containing the following exhibits: dinosaur age collections and remains found in Guangdong, Guangdong pottery and porcelain making, Guangdong crafted purple and other inkstone, gilt woodcarving. Exhibition of Guangdong history and culture, and Chinese made luxurious and precious, elegant and decorative fans.

I visited on a Chinese National holiday. There was no admission fee. There was a queue of a few hundred people. I waited in queue for about 20 minutes to get in. Well worth the wait.
Written May 6, 2019
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InnaYYZ
Toronto, Canada1,489 contributions
Aug 2019
Some of the collections change, while others are relatively permanent. Great collection of local fossils and other artifacts. There is a large local minerals collection, ink stamps, dinosaur bones, and much more. Friendly, helpful staff.
Written August 18, 2019
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina64,995 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
The museum is housed in a very artsy looking building, with exhibits on four floors. Most have at least a summary title in English, and there are many more detailed descriptions in English. I was amazed by the amount and quality of the exhibits. I spent about four hours there and took over 700 photos.

The exhibits include:

Selection of pottery and porcelain

Gilt wood Chaozhou woodcarving art exhibition – a practical and decorative folk art. In one of the exhibits they show the process of the production of Chaozhou woodcarving. There are also displays of Chaozhou wood carved household furnishings such as beds, tables, chairs, cabinets, toilet tables, and mirror stands. Other carved items include ritual vessels, pieces of art such as flowers, shrines designed with figures of people, fruit, flowers, and animals.

Purple stone exhibition of the Duan inkstone – some inkstones are very decorative with themes of scenery, flowers, waves/the sea, archaic dragon, rectangular spiral, winding branches, fruit, fish, design of monkey king, and auspicious patterns. All are in line with Chinese traditional culture passed from generation to generation. Songkeng (from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) are red-purple in colour. The stone shapes generally fall within one of three categories: regular, pictographic, and natural shaped inkstones.

Exhibition of Guangdong history and culture – Guangdong is the birthplace of the Maritime Silk Road, the original place of the modern democratic revolution, and the first place of the reform and opening-up. The exhibition includes bones of prehistoric people, bronze statues of famous warriors, government officials, and many artifacts with multi-cultural characteristics that had been found in Guangdong, exhibits on the three main sub-ethnic groups of Guangdong, two very long dragon boats, miniature statues of various Guangdong people in their daily life, exhibits on Guangdong shipbuilding, ancient coins and other currency, Chinese tea and spices, and glass, agate and crystal beads, musical instruments, various silverware, Canton clock manufacturing industry, early Canton furniture, Chinese fan industry and display, beautiful hollowed-out ivory decorative pieces, significant historical events, pre-set printing blocks, anti-Japanese war in Guangdong, and much more.

Exhibition of natural resources in Guangdong – Guangdong province is located in a subtropical area and is abundant in light, heat energy and water resources. It has abundant wildlife with 829 recognized species of wild terraneous vertebrate animals, 281 species of freshwater fish, and 7,055 species of wild vascular plants. It is the home to 1549 kinds of minerals. The exhibition includes many samples of minerals, including granite, lead powder, silver, lead-zinc ore, wollastonite, garnet, tourmaline, marble, olivine, gypsum, different types of jade, amber, many other gemstones, and so on.

Chinese medicinal hall – Over time and long-term experience, Chinese people have learned to develop medicines from things such as flowers, herbs, trees, other plants, resins, and animals. The exhibition includes displays and discussion of many of the more significant medicine contributing plants, etc., and the resultant medicines produced.

Terrestrial wild animal hall – The exhibits include wild terraneous vertebrate animal, mammalian, avifauna, crawler and amphibian related displays.

Marine animal hall – The exhibit includes mammalian, avifauna, crawler, fim, shellfish, mollusk, echinoderm and many more.

Fossil Hall (Dinosaur hall exhibition) – Fossil bones, eggs and footprints of dinosaurs. Plants and other wildlife of the approximate 80 million year dinosaur age found in the region are on display. Although all the displays are very informative, I liked this one the best. This is likely due to my personal interest, as I have been to other dinosaur museums including the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology located in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Denver, Colorado.

Calligraphy and painting hall – The exhibits include sposters in traditional Chinese calligraphy.

Cantonese Literatis’ life and art in the Ming dynasty.

Admission fee – It is free admission to the museum, but there is a charge to see the exhibition of jade pieces. For admission, one is required to show appropriate identification, which for most tourists would be a passport.

Leaflets on exhibitions and activities are free. Audio Guide tour, interpretation tour, souvenir and books etc. are fee-based services.

Museum visiting areas include permanent, temporary exhibition halls and public service areas.

Visiting areas include permanent, temporary exhibition halls and public service areas.

Museum facilities also include a souvenir shop and restaurant.
Written April 12, 2017
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Leslie H
Columbia37 contributions
Sep 2014 • Solo
Housed in a building that reminds me of a Borg ship from a famous sci-fi show, the Guangdong Provincial Museum is a delight. The exhibits are varied, ranging from ceramics, to local wood-carvings to geology and fossils and they are all beautifully displayed. Unlike many Chinese museums, exhibits have signs in English with one exception - the Traditional Chinese Medicine exhibit. I had an opportunity to visit on a weekday morning, so the museum was not crowded and it was easy to see everything. Entrance is free but you must show identification to get the ticket so foreign visitors should be sure to bring passports.
Written September 14, 2014
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PushExplore
Singapore, Singapore4,821 contributions
Nov 2019
The GZ Museum is really amazing. Lots of rooms and floors with some excellent exhibits. Really worth a visit if you are in the city.
Written March 1, 2020
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PushExplore
Singapore, Singapore4,821 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
The Guangdong Museum is quite fascinating. It not only looks gorgeous from the outside but also the interiors are a work of art. Multiple levels of stunning exhibits on display. Often you will find a lot of 'themed' exhibitions, which I'm sure you will greatly enjoy. Do check it out.
Written April 15, 2019
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andrewknight7
Hokitika, New Zealand188 contributions
Dec 2013 • Solo
A few weeks ago while having a brief stopover holiday in Guangzhou I decided to
visit the Guangdong Museum as I'm a Museum fanatic and love Musems.I'm so pleased
I went there it was so interesting.The Museum is situated in a huge building several storeys'
high in the Tianhe district of the city.Access there is easy by way of the subway system.
Entry to the Musem is free but photo id is required in order to receive your free ticket,
The layout of the Museum is unusal and I had to go to a few floors in order to find the
sections of the Museum I was most interested in.The sections from the Ming and Qing Dynasties were most fascinating.I was amazed by the remarkable condition of some of the ancient china plates and bottles.Unfortunately nearly all the exhibits I saw were labelled in Mandarin only so I would definitely recommend the services of an English speaking Chinese tour guide for Western visitors to the Museum.Fortunately an English speaking Volunteer Guide was on duty during my visit to the Museum who provided some valuable information to me on various exhibits that I found fasciinating on display in the Museum.The World War 2 section of the Museum was really superb with amazing photographs from that era on display. Flash free photography is permitted in the Museum which is a great bonus for visitors. and In the vicinity of the Museum outside local photographers take beautiful photos of tourists for really great prices.I had two beautiful photos taken for about 30 CNY or about 5 New Zealand dollars.I would recommend visitors to the Museum spending at least half a day to a full day to really enjoy this great Museum. Andrew
Written January 22, 2014
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Mrfish33
Guangzhou, China38 contributions
Jul 2011
I've been to the Guangdong Provincial Museum 5 times. It opened just one year ago as part of Guanzghou's makeover centerpiece Pearl River New Town Square for the Asian Games. It is one of a cluster of well designed buidlings that include the Guangdong Opera House and several other museums. The structure, designed by Rocco Associates, is like a shattered cube. Inside and out, the building looks great, although there's stuff that was certainly added or subtracted without the architects knowing.

The exhibits are some of the best I've seen in China and were obviously either influenced by or designed by the same people who did the Hong Kong History Museum. Permanent exhibits include inkstones, gilt wood carving, porcelain and the centerpieces, Guangdong History and Culture and Guangdong Natural History. The Whale and Dinosaur room is really well done. In general, the pieces on display are excellent, the bilingual descriptions are good and the overall atmosphere makes it a great indoor escape.

Almost everyone can enjoy this museum. However, there are quite a few little things that make this museum just average when it should be great. Some important things seem to have been left out. For families with kids, other than the stunning dinosaur room and some eye-catching culture stuff, there are no hands-on exhibits or activities designed for kids or young people, when it would be so easy to do. There are no pamphlets or handouts.

After a year, it seems the place is already losing its shine. Today when I went, still 2 hours before closing time, most of the interactive features and multi-media dsiplays were either off. In many of the cases, lights were out, ruining the display and atmosphere. Also, after more than a year open, the restaurant space remains empty with bad over-priced snacks being the only food. The big problem with that is not only are there no food options nearby, you'd have to wait in line again to get back in even if you did go out. Finally, they have a website, but it is mostly deadlinks and only has simplified Chinese; the links to other languages are all dead.

If you are in Guangzhou I do recommend the Guangdong Museum, as long as the line's not to long. It is free and definately worth a look. However, if they let the quality slide, like it seems they are, I will eventually rather go to Hong Kong for a museum visit rather than re-visit the Guangdong Museum.
Written July 29, 2011
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