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Address: 1625 Abalone Ave, at Sunrider International, Torrance, CA 90501-2860
Phone Number: +1 310-222-9192
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

A private art collection open to the public that features several rooms of...

A private art collection open to the public that features several rooms of Chinese art spanning 5000 years of history. The Chen Art Gallery features many rare examples of imperial porcelains, snuff bottles, Ming and Qing furniture, Buddhist art, cloisonne, snuff bottles, jades, ancient pottery and ancient bronzes.

Visitors need to call ahead to schedule a docent-guided tour which lasts between 1 1/2 to 2 hours. For groups of 10-30 people it is best to call several weeks in advance to make your reservation.


Tuesdays - Fridays

10:00am - 4:00pm

Closed all major holidays

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A hidden treat

An incredible oriental collection. If you did not know it was there you would certainly miss it. More than worth the inconvenience of having to visit during the work week. We are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An incredible oriental collection. If you did not know it was there you would certainly miss it. More than worth the inconvenience of having to visit during the work week. We are extremely grateful they chose to share this collection with the public.

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

I just got back today from my visit. This is an outstanding collection of top notch Chinese art - a better collection than the art museum I work in. And to imagine this is all in one man's collection. The pieces are exquisite examples of the period/type of art they represent, and each piece is in pristine condition. I drove... More 

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

We arranged a tour for a group of 8 and had the tour to ourselves. Our tour guide, Holly, was exceptionally knowledgeable and very personable. The gallery has several rooms containing Dr. Chen's various collections. There is furniture, exquisitely carved jade, bronze, Buddhist sculptures, snuff bottles, paintings and calligraphy. There are also special exhibitions. This is truly first class. And,... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

For anyone interested in Chinese Art (of all descriptions) this is a "must see". We had an excellent and extremely knowledgeable guide Alison(she is the Assistant Curator) who was able to answer all sorts of questions - from the "trivial" to those needing in depth information. Highlights of the 2 hour tour? Lots ..... but probably both the jade and... More 

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2016

A friend arranged a private tour of the Chen Art Gallery and it was wonderful! When we went, there was a Picasso exhibit which was so interesting. The Chinese artifacts are really nice. The clean and simple displays are very easy to read and enjoy. I would recommend looking into how to take a tour. You have to go through... More 

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Toured the Chen Art Gallery with a group from my club. So spectacular! Incredible art to be found in a private collection and locally...The tour lasted almost 2 hours and there is no place to sit so you need to be fairly hardy..They do allow canes, folding cane/stools and wheelchairs. In addition to the Chinese art, they now have a... More 

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

A wonderful experience! Amazing artifacts and art. Tour guide was great also. Very knowledgeable and patient. Need to call ahead to reserve a time. And it's free!

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

It's like being invited into the inner sanctum - very private, gorgeously detailed & curated. We spent hours looking at every item - it helps to have a docent point out the best treasures.

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Wayne, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

I read about this on Trip Advisor before visiting in Torrance. I have NEVER been disappointed from fellow TA reviewers. Our guide was excellent and had a wealth of knowledge to impart. Who knew that jade was more valuable than gold?! This collection is certainly the envy of many museums of art and exceeds many museums in value. There are... More 

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

I was really surprised at the items this gallery displayed. It all was so fascinating. There were so many really priceless artifacts on display. One fascinating thing was the porcelain pillow. There were numerous really ornate vases. The items of emperors on display were elegant and interesting. The emperor robes were elegant.

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