Three Gorges Museum
Three Gorges Museum
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ClaireLouise
Derbyshire, UK327 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Arrived there as English tourist. Nearly impossible to get tickets. You needed a Chinese phone number and name to book free tickets via wechat.
We did manage to get tickets with the help from some very helpful people.
So pleased as really enjoyed wandering around the museum for an hour.
Written 3 November 2023
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schwammy_11
Columbia, SC177 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Business
If you have an hour or so and would like to learn a little more about The Chongqing municipality, this free museum is a good option. The view of the people's hall across the plaza is reason enough for a visit. (See photo)

Many of the exhibits include a English translations. Some highlights include exhibits on Chinese porcelain, the various ethnic groups in the region, the history of life on the Yangtze River, and the somewhat shocking display on resettlement of river communities so dams could be constructed.
Written 15 November 2016
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
There is a lot or open space. It could do with more spectacular exhibits. I best liked the exhibits dealing with the Japanese invasion.
Written 21 March 2024
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Catherine494932
Paris, France112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Friends
A lovely museum. Not at all crowded. A good history of the area. Well-laid out. There was a volunteer guide in the section about coins/money: 1st class guy. So knowledgeable and helpful, he answered all our questions and gave an interesting insight into the history of Chinese money. Worth a visit !! First class
Written 4 January 2014
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tnu
New York City, NY67 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011
A small to mid-sized provincial-type museum with a mish mash of galleries/halls with different displays around the broad Chongqing theme, each of which are decent but far from outstanding.

Location is convenient in Yuzhong district in central Chongqing, and so those with time to spare can consider this stop in their schedule if they have time to kill. Fortunately it is free, because I wouldn't pay to go to see the exhibits.

Note for non-Chinese readers - 99% of the descriptions are in Chinese.
Written 23 July 2011
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Scott B
Colorado Springs, CO360 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The Three Gorges Museum is closed on Monday and open other days from 9 am to 5 pm. The museum WILL NOT let you in after 4 pm. The museum is free and you just need to show your id or passport. It has 4 floors with 10 permanent and three temporary exhibition halls. You can take Green Line #2 and get off at the Zengjiayan metro stop and walk about 500m to the museum.
The Three Gorges Museum provides alot of information on the area going back 650 years to the present time. The museum has artifacts from this period of time, information about the people of this area, and how they lived.
The museum has 4 floors. The 1st floor has a workshop and The Marvelous Three Gorges; the 2nd floor has a temporary exhibition hall and Chongqing Journey of the City; the 3rd floor has a temporary exhibition hall, Coins of Past Dynasties, Years of the War of Resistance Against Japan, and Sculpture Arts of the Han Dynasty; and the 4th floor has Recollection of the Old Stories in Chongqing - Exhibition of the Private Collections of Robert Hans van Gulik; The Great Benevolence and Virtue - The Cultural Relics, Calligraphy and Paintings of Past Dynasties, and Porcelain of Past Dynasties.
While the dam is portrayed as a great achievement, and it was from an engineering
perspective and how much energy it provides, this project displaced 1.3 million people, flooded archaeological and cultural sites, and caused great ecological changes including increased risk of landslides.
You need at least 3 hours to go through the museum and see everything. It was nice to get out of the hot and humid weather and spend inside for 3+ hours. Also, there is a Walmart around the corner that has an interesting fresh food area.
Written 12 August 2019
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Brunetteabroad
New Zealand384 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Air conditioning provides a great escape and activity for a hot day. The signs and explanation have English making it easy for westerners to learn about the history. The kids enjoyed exploring the museum and looking at the sculptures of the animals native to the river. A few souvenir shops available and bathrooms were cleaner than most.
Written 16 May 2019
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Ulla S
Eastern Finland, Finland38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Family
This is a quite large museum with many different departments. There are texts in english at the first floor, but no in every ather floor. That didn't bother us, because there is so much to see that you just don't have time to read everything. I find this museum one of the best culturehistorical museum I've ever visited. Certainly worth seeing.
Written 7 February 2018
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Skipper S
Beijing, China106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
It's in the name- it is the Three Gorges Museum. That is what it is, and that is all it strives to be. Absolutely nothing wrong with that, as the Three Gorges area is an archeologically and anthropologically highly important area of southwest China. As a resident of Beijing, and visiting museums in Beijing that try to show all of China, I would never have known how much I was missing about this region and I am very glad I went, in spite of the fact that most signs outside of the primary exhibit are not bilingual. There are areas reserved for rotating exhibits, but when I was there I didn't see anything that wasn't specifically related to the Three Gorges area. Don't expect any of the museum staff to speak English; there are English audio players available for rent if you desire, but entrance to the museum is otherwise free. There is an English website for the museum, but the information is quite limited compared to the Chinese version.

The exhibits are very good on archeology and anthropology, but the topics relating to the relocation/resettlement of affected individuals in the region take a blatantly pro-government stance (not really surprising) with no recognition that not everyone was so positive about the building of the dam (at least not that I noticed), which would make the entire museum a more complete examination of the construction and inundation effects.

The museum is easily reachable, if a bit of a walk, from either the DaXiGou or NiuJiaoTou stops of the Line 2 monorail. Along the walk towards NiuJiaoTou, you can also run across a building with a WalMart in the basement and many floors of shops selling paintings, rocks, jewelry, and antiquities (though, be careful, as I saw quite a few shops making new antiques and, as always in China, be prepared to bargain hard). The museum is also just across the street from the People's Assembly Hall which can be a nice place to take pictures.

On a personal note, what I felt was missing from the Three Gorges Museum was a technical or engineering discussion of the construction work and the dam, itself. As a then employee of Motorola, I had been invited in 1994 to work with the engineers and programmers developing the computer systems that would later control the dam (though I wound up not accepting the invitation). Perhaps because of this, I endeavored to acquaint myself with the entire engineering challenge that the dam designers faced. To say the least, this construction is worthy of an entire wing in an of itself, but the museum is almost completely devoid of details relating to this, anything mentioned was only in very broad strokes.
Written 22 October 2016
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Bob I
Arcadia, CA211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
Very interesting exhibits about the 3 Gorges dam and its affect on the area. Modern with signs in English.
Written 15 August 2016
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