Kunmíng City Museum
Kunmíng City Museum
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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ZhongguoKM
Kunming, China6,155 contributions
Jan 2013 • Solo
This opened in late December and I went over to have a look today. The museum is free and overall it's offerings are pretty limited. But the Flying Tiger exhibit is worth a stop if you are in Kunming and have some spare time.

The exhibit clearly outlines the history of this air group and its involvement in helping China defend against Japan. Lots of photos and some artifacts. Good maps. A short film (in Chinese) that summarizes America's involvement in helping get supplies across the Burma Hump. Kunming was the China end of those dangerous freight-hauling flights. Kunming was also one of the bases for the fighter planes that defended the Ledo/Stillwell Road.

Pleasant way to spend between one and two hours, especially if the weather isn't good and you want to do something indoors instead of outside. The museum is located on Tuodong Road very close to a bus stop. 市博物馆 is the Chinese name of that stop and the Chinese name of the museum (for taxi purposes) is 昆明市博物馆。 It's not to be confused with the Yunnan Museum in another part of town.

If you go, don't make the mistake of thinking the exhibit of drawings on the first floor is all there is to the Flying Tiger exhibit. Those are actually just illustrations from a book. The main exhibit is on the second floor.
Written January 13, 2013
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JDB378
Stillwater, OK14 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
For an American WWII or aviation aficianado this is a must stop. Kunming was the home base for Chenault's flying tigers. Their place in the history of China and the US is better understood when one has seen the Chinese tribute!
Written April 13, 2015
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Larry Chambers
Phnom Penh, Cambodia62 contributions
Feb 2018 • Family
Very few American know the sacrifices that was made by Claire Chennault and his Flying Tigers group. General Chennault went to China in 1938 to help China fight the Japanese. Chennault was sent to Kunming, in western China to set up the Chinese Air Force and teach Chennault fighting techniques.
In May 1942, the only connection to the outside world was the Burma Road was cut off by Japanese. From May to Sept 1945 Hump flight transports flew 1.5 million hours and transported 725,000 tons of supplies. The Hump Flight Route extended 800 kilometers, passing through the Himalayas and Hengduan mountain range on the way to the south section of the Himalayan Mountains, there are towering peaks, deep valleys harsh and changeable climate. Plus ever present Japanese warplanes.

the ‘Flying Tigers,’ they would be the first American fliers to go up against Japan’s air force, which had previously ruled the skies over Thailand and Vietnam. These American volunteer pilots understood the risks and the consequences of being shot down or captured by the Japanese. Being captured meant being sent to one of the Japanese prison camps where prisoners were regularly beaten, starved, clubbed, shot, beheaded, or worked to death. The Japanese held the capture of U.S. pilots as one of their highest priorities.

After Pearl Harbor, Vietnam became the object of an intensive American air bombing campaign. The bombing of strategic Japanese targets in northern Vietnam started in 1942, first by the American Volunteer Group (AVG) the Flying Tigers, then by the China Air Task Force (CATF) of the Tenth Air Force, and later by the Fourteenth Air Force.

Four hundred and fourteen U.S. flyers died flying over Vietnam during World War II.

Statistically, within three years and 3 months Hump transportation China and US army had lost 609 planes in total. U.S. army had 456 planes crashing 107 lost which made a total 563 planes while the CNAC lost 46 planes. All together 1,500 pilots of both countries lost their lives flying the Hump route.

I found a photo of John Taylor Donovan on the wall of the exhibit. Donovan was the first of the ‘Tiger’ pilots to die over Vietnam, shot down on May 12th, 1942 during a bombing raid over Gia Lam air base.
Written February 8, 2018
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Christopher L
NH97 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
The museum was not far from where I was staying and it was my first experience in a Chinese Museum.
There were only two exhibits on the first floor. Kunming in the Bronze Age (Interesting.. do a bit or reading beforehand). Signs are in English and Chinese. And another one on Dinosaurs (Just Chinese) Movie is in English though.

There were two other halls for temp exhibits. Stamps when I was there. And Art 20 years after HongKong returned to the Motherland.
Upstairs there were a few different temp exhibits (kids art and chinese medicine).
And of course.. the Flying Tigers.
Great story. Great exhibit. If you are in Kunming.. go there and take the hour .. it is well worth your time.

Entrance is free to the museum.
Gift shop was closed when I went.
Written June 4, 2017
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AllThatAsiaAfrica
503 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
For World War II history buffs, Kunming was the base for the famed "Flying Tigers" or AVG (American Volunteer Group. Kunming City Museum dedicates an entire wing of the building to this group of pilots.

On display is some of the equipment and clothing of the pilots as well as photos of old Kunming. A substantial portion of the display is dedicated to General Claire Lee Chennault who is still considered a great hero in China.

There is also a gift shop on the first floor that sells Flying Tigers Memorabilia.
Written January 16, 2017
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Peregrine426
Middlebury, VT53 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
Must see to understand WW II for US in China...particularly Kunming as a base for US Army Air Force. This museum provided considerable insight into the people and logistics and how the Chinese and US worked together in the war against Japan.
Written May 16, 2016
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EZinn
Delaware, OH80 contributions
Mar 2016 • Family
The museum has several exhibits about ancient China (antiques, bronze etc) These do change from time to time. But the best exhibit is the Flying tigers exhibit.
it is quite a large collection of items and there is a lot of history. Many of the items have both Chinese and English on the signs. there is a video at the end.
It is free to get into so well worth the time to see some history.
Written April 19, 2016
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VT2Krazystan
Guilin, China66 contributions
Jan 2016 • Family
You can easily see the entire museum in a morning or afternoon visit. The highlight of the museum was the Flying Tigers exhibit that was very well done. Any history buff will throughly enjoy it.
Written January 29, 2016
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Julia B
Daytona Beach, FL81 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
The address may actually be 93 as the museum is across the street from 120 Tuodong Lu, on the south side of the street. It may have been confused with the museum of urban planning? 120 itself appears to be a small apartment building. We walked from the Green Lake and nearly missed it altogether.

We visited at 11 am in a Sunday and were some of the very few people there. Most of the temporary exhibition halls were empty. The bronze ware exhibit was good with good English captions. The permanent fan exhibit looked pretty interesting too, but lunch was calling.

The clear highlight for us (and our WWII enthusiast son) was the Flying Tigers exhibit. It's pretty well put together and has very good English captioning and many actual artifacts from the pilots.

Fun place to visit.
Written July 19, 2015
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Sherrie and Chris
Peterborough, Australia125 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Free to enter this is a good museum, albeit not a lot in it. Main displays are the WWII Flying Tigers exhibit, which is excellent, a beautiful ceramics display, painted fans display and a good dinosaur exhibit. Many signs etc in English. Very quiet and gift shop was closed when we went.
Written April 14, 2018
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