China National Silk Museum
China National Silk Museum
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Joanne H
London, UK949 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
What a superb museum! It's interesting and very well curated in Chinese and English, with only one temporary gallery missing any explanations in English. I had a great wander round on a damp Monday. Particuarly enjoyed the fashion exhibitions and the current temporary exhibition on Asian national dress.

Points to note: it's free. I did not book, indeed I couldn't work out how to despite a recent review saying you had to. Foreign visitors must leave their passport number and a phone number at the security desk at the entrance. It also opens only at midday on Mondays.

I had lunch at the café, which was nice if not especially cheap. There's a great bookshop and giftshop.

I got there by catching the #12 bus from where Hefang St intersects with the street running alongside West Lake. Coming back I got the #42, which runs the same route. (And I got the #7 metro to/from Wushan Sq).
Written 10 October 2023
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Heatherleighl
Adelaide, Australia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Last year I had the privilege of being able to spend a few hours at the National Silk Museum in Hangzhou. The museum was built especially to illustrate China's great heritage of silk textiles. The interactive exhibitions explain the life of the silk worm and the making of the cloth. However the most amazing articles which were on display were silk textiles around 2000 years old. These fabrics still retained the colour and clearly seen designs of the weaving demonstrating the advanced technology the early Chinese had obtained. Looms and spinning wheels showed the equipment these beautiful were made on. These are amazing in themselves.
It is a beautiful museum which is well worth a visit. Allow some time to absorb the exhibits
Written 3 April 2006
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Gretchen A
Springfield, VA31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Friends
As a seamstress and costumer, I found the China Silk museum utterly fabulous. The circular building channels the visitor through the predictable silk story of how silkworms process mulberry leaves and how the Chinese people developed silk fabric. But then the exhibits move to displays of magnificent period design. And--SURPRISE!--the modern exhibits are staged so that visitors can actually walk all the way around the breathtakingly colored, embroidered, jeweled designs, complete with photos of the celebrities who wore them.
Written 17 June 2012
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Alex
Fresno, CA99 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
Although this claims to be the National Silk Museum, it is nowhere near the best. It is informative in all the ways a museum should be, but is very small, and practically half of the building is comprised of their stores downstairs. If you are very interested in Silk, go to Chengdu, where they have much better museums that also have live silk worms and working machines that show the entirety of the process.
Written 13 August 2015
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junebugvic
Victoria, Canada36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Family
A pretty interesting museum with well laid out exhibits and free admission. It was a rainy day when we visited and it wasn't very busy. The grounds are also beautiful - pack a picnic and spend a few hours. We were there during QingMing so a few buildings were closed, but still lots to see. Even my girls, 11 & 7 found interesting things and learned about silkworms. A short drive to other attractions.
Be aware that it is on a one-way road (or at least while we were there) so taxis may have to go all the way around a ring road which will add a few RMB to the trip, or you can get dropped off as close as you can and walk 15-20 min.
Written 12 April 2013
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janddmom
washington dc metro60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Family
We were ready to do an air conditioned acitvity after many outdoor sites in Hangzhou in the hot August weather. The museum is air conditioned and has good overview of how silk is produced and history plus beautiful garments from earlier times and with different types of silk and weaving. Young and older adults in our group all enjoyed this museum. There were looms and other traditional woven fabrics (non silk from minority groups) on the lower level and silk shops but we did not purchase there. Trees for silkworms grow in garden. illustrations in English and Chinese.
Written 1 May 2012
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Jacalope
Victoria, Canada1,771 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Business
There was so much to learn and see. The guide was very good but we didn't have much time. It was interesting and enjoyable but nothing that stuck out as a must go.
Written 17 October 2018
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sistema888
Perth, Australia739 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
It is a must to visit this silk museum- one can see for himself how silk products are made from. It is also a good chance to buy silk quality products like silk comforter, silk pillows, silk garments.
Written 12 August 2013
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Alex-gad
Lisbon, Portugal129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Friends
A nice and well-run operation. Presenting silk garments from years ago. Provide and opportunity to purchase warranteed scarfs, ties and more. Sells silk blankets - feather-light and extra warm at a decent price
Written 11 December 2012
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W0rldcitizenkiwi
Sydney, Australia101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011 • Friends
Go no further they have everything on it including actually working looms 2 or 3 story HIGH Looms, They have worms the entire process from worm farms to fashion shows a wonderful way to learn about Silk from A-Z if you ever wondered this is where to go.
Written 15 May 2012
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