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Dunhuang Museum

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Address: No.1390 North MingShaShan Road, Dunhuang, China
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On a very cold day in December we found an open door on the side of the very quiet museum. We obviously missed the general reception, but we were welcomed and directed to the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 28, 2015
Washburn, Wisconsin
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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highly recommend visiting this place before visiting all other landmarks in Dunhuang. This serves as a great condensed intro to the city and its past. It's free, and the bookshop at the end has a lot of very nice books about Dunhuang and Mogao Cave that people usually can't find in their local or online bookstores.

Thank PablosDad
Hong Kong
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

September 18, 2016, attempted to visit the Dunhuang Museum but to no avail. We were told that all Dunhuang attractions are closed today because of the Silkroad International Cultural Expo to be on 2 days later, (Sept 20-21). Seriously, what's the big fuss? This is only the 18th!!! And are those officials gonna visit ALL local attractions leaving absolutely no... More 

Thank Tysonholly
Las Vegas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

After visiting the Singing Sand Mountain stop by to see the Museum. Has a number of nice art exhibits that put the history of Dunhuang together. Some originals, but many duplicates of statues and the murals in the Mogao Caves. Good to see prior to visiting the caves. Highly recommend.

Thank nvlinks
Washburn, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2015

On a very cold day in December we found an open door on the side of the very quiet museum. We obviously missed the general reception, but we were welcomed and directed to the start of the displays. The museum was nicely laid out with interesting artifacts. All in all, we were not there longer than an hour, but we... More 

Thank sammy10dog
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

We went on a Monday and it was closed. There were no opening days/times listed on the building, so I can't tell you what they are. Just be aware and plan for this potentially happening.

Thank Adyllic
Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

A interesting city museum that documents Dunhuang's history and provides an interesting perspective on the importance of Dunhuang. Admittedly the number of artifacts are not many. But those they have are well presented and presented in a timeline from Neolithic to modern era. Admission is free, but most of the presentation content is in Chinese.

Thank Dean S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2015 via mobile

Free museum. Very informative. Few people. Even have a reconstruction of one of the mogao caves. Old pictures of Dunhuang. Big nick nack shop. Perfect if you want to know more about Dunhuang and need to espace the heat for a while.

Thank Pascal M
Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2015

This is a must see in Dunhuang. The museum is almost brand new and is tastefully laid out. The exhibits are just wonderful. There are many articles collected from the local area which give you a real insight into what life was like up to 3500 years ago. I was astounded by some of the delicate and complete pieces they... More 

Thank seachange2000
Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2015

this is a beautiful new museum that gives a nice overview of the history of the silk road as well as the

Thank allisonodenthal
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2015

This museum is just outside the city bounderies but stil only a short distance from the center. Most visitors to the city of Dunhuang come to see all the artifacts of ancient China history ang the famous Buddist grottos and caves near here. But it adds to appreciating all of this if you've visited the Museum first. It gives you... More 

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