Kaifeng Museum

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Kaifeng Museum
3.5
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
What people are saying
Yes i has moved but it's still worth going to see
Jun 2018
The museum is now located about 9Km North of the city. Bus 56 stops right outside, Bus 44 around the back and about 100metres along and bus 30 about 1Km away. Beware of a taxi ride out to this location, as many locals don't know where it is, the ride can get much longer than you expect. In our case 21.4Km, my Chinese partner was not happy and suggested to the taxi driver that we call the police to discuss his choice of route. We settled at a cost of 20rmb rather than the metered 41.5. The building is large, two levels, (there maybe more hidden), square and light brown (about 100-150 metres each side). It's shaped so that each corner of the square is it's own little square, ( I'm sure there's a technical name for it, but I pass on that). According to the signs, the museum is open Tues to Sun 9:00-17:00 A Valid ID is required. Groups must be booked in advance. A maximum of 5000 free tickets are issued per day. You must be appropriately dressed and sober. Pre-school children and the elderly are required to have an adult with them. ( my memories bad to I photo'd that lot) As far as I can work out there are 3 elements in the same building. The Kaifeng Museum, an Art gallery/museum and a Cultural Planning exhibition. Having 4 sides I assume it has four entrances, however I have not see the fouth side so cannot confirm this. Of the other 3 entrances the front is the Museum, the back is the planning exhibition and the side is a secondary access to the museum, (not in use when we were there). Don't dismiss the planning exhibition, it has some superb animation graphics and is quite sizeable and informative even with little or no English. The security was the most rigid I have encountered in China. No food or liquid stuffs allowed, ( you can store them in the supplied lockers), metal scanners the works. The museum is entered via the customer service office where all your details are taken before they issue you with a re-cycled plastic card which will get you entrance. The exit machine takes the card away when you leave. The museum comes with a basic layout guide, (no English version as yet), which shows a number of areas numbered 1 to 16. The lower numbers are upstairs access via escalators. Follow the numbers, the features are nicely in date order and it makes the whole thing flow much better. The exhibits are excellent and there is use of animation in various places. In particular they have brought to life a very famous scroll drawing of the river that I believe is now the basis of the millennium park. There's a whole section on the carving history including some quite stunning calligraphy transferred into carved stone with every original brush stroke faithfully carved. They have 'borrowed' an amount of pottery and porcelain from the forbidden city collection. Some of it is to die for it's so fine. If you have been to the Prime ministers temple, you might notice a black and white photo of the Octagon building before it was raised by 1.67 metres. In all we spent some 4 hours quite absorbed by what was there.

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Yongki
Tucson, AZ618 contributions
Museum showing the city history and pride
May 2018 • Friends
The new Kaifeng museum had not been fully operational yet during the visit. It is a huge museum with several sections. The city section provided the history of the city as well as its future plan. It was quite fancy with the use of holographic display. It would be nicer if english translation was provided in all sections for attracting foreigners. The art section of the museum displayed various items from various dynasties eras.
Written July 19, 2018
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Timothy R
47 contributions
Yes i has moved but it's still worth going to see
Jun 2018 • Couples
The museum is now located about 9Km North of the city.
Bus 56 stops right outside, Bus 44 around the back and about 100metres along and bus 30 about 1Km away.

Beware of a taxi ride out to this location, as many locals don't know where it is, the ride can get much longer than you expect. In our case 21.4Km, my Chinese partner was not happy and suggested to the taxi driver that we call the police to discuss his choice of route. We settled at a cost of 20rmb rather than the metered 41.5.

The building is large, two levels, (there maybe more hidden), square and light brown (about 100-150 metres each side). It's shaped so that each corner of the square is it's own little square, ( I'm sure there's a technical name for it, but I pass on that).

According to the signs, the museum is open Tues to Sun 9:00-17:00
A Valid ID is required.
Groups must be booked in advance.
A maximum of 5000 free tickets are issued per day.
You must be appropriately dressed and sober.
Pre-school children and the elderly are required to have an adult with them.
( my memories bad to I photo'd that lot)

As far as I can work out there are 3 elements in the same building. The Kaifeng Museum, an Art gallery/museum and a Cultural Planning exhibition.

Having 4 sides I assume it has four entrances, however I have not see the fouth side so cannot confirm this. Of the other 3 entrances the front is the Museum, the back is the planning exhibition and the side is a secondary access to the museum, (not in use when we were there).

Don't dismiss the planning exhibition, it has some superb animation graphics and is quite sizeable and informative even with little or no English. The security was the most rigid I have encountered in China. No food or liquid stuffs allowed, ( you can store them in the supplied lockers), metal scanners the works.

The museum is entered via the customer service office where all your details are taken before they issue you with a re-cycled plastic card which will get you entrance. The exit machine takes the card away when you leave.

The museum comes with a basic layout guide, (no English version as yet), which shows a number of areas numbered 1 to 16. The lower numbers are upstairs access via escalators. Follow the numbers, the features are nicely in date order and it makes the whole thing flow much better. The exhibits are excellent and there is use of animation in various places. In particular they have brought to life a very famous scroll drawing of the river that I believe is now the basis of the millennium park.

There's a whole section on the carving history including some quite stunning calligraphy transferred into carved stone with every original brush stroke faithfully carved.

They have 'borrowed' an amount of pottery and porcelain from the forbidden city collection. Some of it is to die for it's so fine.

If you have been to the Prime ministers temple, you might notice a black and white photo of the Octagon building before it was raised by 1.67 metres.

In all we spent some 4 hours quite absorbed by what was there.
Written June 7, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

DrB5706
Moncton, Canada255 contributions
Had Only 20 Minutes to Visit
Apr 2018 • Friends
The museum has moved to a brand new location. A beautiful facility. Lots to see but we got there later in the day than we expected. There were also government officials on site and we were restricted from going to certain areas. What we saw though was very impressive. Would definitely recommend based on what we saw.
Written May 6, 2018
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David B
14 contributions
MUSEUM IS CLOSED AND IS MOVING TO A DIFFERENT LOCATION
Mar 2017 • Family
Shame on the museum, they didn't inform the public about relocating the museum. I wasted an hour driving to the museum, only to find out that it was relocated to a different adress (5 & 4 street). Subsequently, I drive to the new museum and it was still under construction. DON'T BE UNINFORMED LIKE I WAS. It's planned to reopen on April 21st, I recall.
Written March 28, 2017
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Larry B
Billings, Montana, United States97 contributions
Interesting
Oct 2015
If you are the museum type you'll like it. There was a pretty cool exhibit there when I visited which covered the building of the canal project up in Anyang. That was the highlight of the museum for me. Then going to see the canon project a few months later.
Written July 10, 2016
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sbabones
Sydney, Australia237 contributions
Basic archeological museum; Jewish history exhibit
Apr 2015 • Solo
The Kaifeng Museum is an unremarkable regional archeological museum that is world-famous because it houses the three stellae of the historical Kaifeng Jewish community. These three 500-year-old stellae are the only material remains of the community, though there is also a living community center in the city itself. The Jewish exhibit is on the top floor of the museum, closed under lock and key. The main museum is free but you have to ask at the first-floor desk for access to the Jewish exhibit (50 yuan per person). The exhibit has just the three illegible stellae, nothing else. No photos are allowed -- not even photos of the signage (the staff seem not to understand that "no photos" should only apply to the artefacts). Upon much begging I was allowed to take a photo of the welcome sign for the exhibit, though nothing else. No books, postcards, or memorabilia related to the exhibit are sold. If you're in Kaifeng and interested in Jewish history this is a must-visit exhibit, but be prepared for disappointment.
Written April 17, 2015
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Loraine H
New York City, NY25 contributions
Nice museum for a brief visit
Apr 2015 • Solo
The Kaifeng Museum is fairly small but has some interesting exhibits, including pottery, bronze, coins, and calligraphy. The exhibits are laid out and lit for easy viewing, although there are very few notes in English. There is also a changing exhibition; when I was there, it was landscape painting. The museum is located near the lake, which is a nice place to walk before or after the museum. There are a few restaurants in the area, so you could plan to spend a half day there, including the museum, lunch, and a walk around the lake.
Written April 9, 2015
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Barry C
Liaoyang10 contributions
Not too good...
Oct 2014 • Solo
Sadly, this museum is only small and difficult to find due to poor signage. The only English sign outside refers to a 'Teaching Base', so it is best recognised by two old cannon outside the main entrance. Even the man on the gate asked me where I was going! Still, at least it's free and is currently undergoing some refurbishment to improve its jaded interior. Most labelling of the exhibits is in Chinese only...
Written October 13, 2014
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DMJ23
Binghamton, NY10 contributions
OK, no English
Feb 2014 • Friends
For a city with such an amazing history, I was disappointed that there was not more to see. There are a few artifacts and a lot of pictures. I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more if there was English. I'm guessing the best artifacts are kept in the provincial museum in Zhengzhou.

Also, the bathroom were dirty squatty potties.
Written February 5, 2014
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Travelingmaven
Chicago, IL292 contributions
Interesting smallish museum
Jun 2013 • Friends
There are 4 floors of artifacts found around China and in Kaifeng. One is a stela in Hebrew. There was a Jewish presence in the city until fairly recently, and the museum has a couple of artifacts documenting this.

The museum is well-worth visiting, especially if you are interested in the history of the city and the area.
Written June 28, 2013
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