Top 12 hand-picked museums for you to explore

Every year since 1977, International Museum Day is celebrated worldwide on or around May 18th. Talking about museums, which type is your favorite? Today, is going to show you some interesting museums in Guangdong. Pick your favorite one and then set off!

Museums for art lovers

No. 1 Guangdong Museum of Art

Guangdong Museum of Art houses works of modern China and overseas Chinese. The permanent collection includes contemporary artistic works of the coastal areas of China and Guangdong Province as well as works by overseas Chinese artists. Among the collections are paintings, sculptures, ceramic crafts, as well as other works of art that are important to the art history, books on art, and document literature.


Location: No. 38 Yanyu Lu (Rd.), Er-sha Island, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou 

Rating: AAAA

Opening Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (closed on Mon.)

Admission: Free

No.2 Guangdong Times Museum

Registered as a non-profit organization, Guangdong Times Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2010. Throughout the process of conceptualization, design and completion, the Museum has reflected the unique social, economic and cultural conditions of the Pearl River Delta. It is a special example of case in the urbanization process of the area.


Location: Times Rose Garden III, Huangbian North Road, Baiyun Avenue North, Guangzhou.

Opening Hours: Tue. to Sun. 10:00-18:00 (Close on Monday)

Admission: RMB 20

Services: Art Cafe, Art Gift Shop, Art Flower Shop

Transportation: Exit D, Huangbian Station, Line 2 of Guangzhou Metro

No. 3 Guangzhou Museum of Art

Admire artworks in a delightful environment 

Located by the bank of Luhu Lake at the foot of Baiyun Mountain, Guangzhou Museum of Art has a remarkable diversity of art works in an artistic setting. It mostly focuses on the collection of Chinese calligraphic works and paintings of all dynasties, and in the meantime covers some artworks of other categories. It is quiet without too many visitors usually, making it a good place for relaxation away from the summer heat. 


Address: No.13 Luhu Road, Guangzhou City

Opening hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (Tue. to Fri); 9:30 - 16:30 (Sat., Sun. and official holidays); Closed on Mon. 

Admission: Free

Museums in an unconventional way

No.1 Nova-China Furniture Museum

Based on the change of people’s lifestyle in different historical periods and the evolution of furniture, China Nova Furniture Museum is divided into ten different exhibition areas. Setting up typical furniture with matching arts to create real-life scenes together with rich historical data and high-tech visual presentation, the museum is ready to impress visitors with its reproduction of the charming history of Chinese furniture.


Location: Nange Industrial Zone, Daojiao Town, Dongguan City, Guangdong

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 19:00

Admission: Free

No.2 Zhujiang - Inbev International Beer Museum

Zhujiang - Inbev International Beer Museum is a special museum dedicated to beer culture. Walking through the corridor which spans the whole Pearl River Beer factory, visitors will have the chance to witness the spectacular orderly fermentation tank group, the fast-moving bottling line and the factories surrounded by lush grass. After the tour, you’ll bring back home an intoxicating knowledge about the booming development and rich culture of Pearl River Beer.


Address: No. 118, Modiesha Avenue, Yuejiang Dong Road, Guangzhou

Bus: Take Bus No. 765 or Bus No. 779 and get off at Yuejiang Road Terminal

No.3 Chinese Sexual Culture Museum

Opened in 2004, Chinese Sexual Culture Museum is located at the foot of picturesque Danxia Mountain in Shaoguan, covering an area of 2400 square meters. The museum is divided into six exhibition rooms with 16 different themes, including sex elements in ancient Chinese characters, ancient sex education, religious culture and sexual culture, art and education books and so on. With more than 2500 pieces of precious ancient exhibits related to sexual culture, the museum displays the vivid ancient sexual culture along Chinese five-thousand-year history.


Opening hour: 8:30 - 17.30

Address: Danxia Mountain Scenic Area, Renhua County, Shaoguan

Museums with profound cultural connotation

No 1. Watchtower Houses-World Architecture Museum

Located in the southwest of the Pearl River Delta and about 110km northeast of Guangzhou, Kaiping is a famous hometown of overseas Chinese. It is also a cradle of architecture, culture and arts. In recent years, it has attracted more and more tourists with its unique architecture - Watchtower Houses. Kaiping Watchtower Houses can be traced back to late Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644 ).


Location: Zili Village, Tangkou Town, Kaiping, Jiangmen

Opening Hours: 08:30-17:30

Admission: RMB 80

No.2 Guangdong Shiwan Ceramics Museum

If you want to learn traditional Chinese ceramic culture and experience pottery painting, there’s no better place than Shiwan Ceramic Museum. The museum is divided into dynamic displaying section and static displaying section. In dynamic displaying section, you can view ancient ceramics techniques and also enjoy the fun of making pottery yourselves! While in static displaying section, numerous historical relics are exhibited.


Opening hour: 9:00 - 17:00

Address: No 5-6 Gaomiao Road, Shiwan Town, Foshan

No. 3 Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King

Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King houses the 2,000-year-old tomb of the Nanyue King Zhao Mo in Guangzhou, China. The museum, which opened in 1988, showcases the tomb and its complete trove of artifacts. Apart from the ancient tomb, there are also a comprehensive exhibition building and a main exhibition building which organically connect with the tomb and represent modern Lingnan architecture. You can truly call this place a must-see for history lovers, one of the major archaeological discoveries in China.


Location: No. 867, Jiefang North Road, Guangzhou

Opening Hours: 9:00 – 17:30

Admission: RMB 12 per ticket

Metro: Take Metro Line 2 and get off at Yuexiu Park station, then go out at Exit E

Museums close to local people’s life

No.1 Hakka Museum of China

Hakka Museum of China was built and expanded based on the former residences of Huang Zunxian—Renjinglu and Rongludi. The museum can be divided into three areas: memorial area, culture area and service area. Hakka Museum of China is the first and largest museum dedicated to Hakka culture in China. It’s a dream place to have a close look at Hakka architecture, Hakka culture, Hakka art and Hakka tradition.


Location: No. 2, Dongshan Dadao (Ave.), Meijiang District, Meizhou

Opening Hours: 8:00-17:00

No.2 Foshan Ancestral Temple (Zumiao) Museum

Foshan Zumiao Museum is a folk museum featuring architecture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties and Foshan’s traditional culture. The collections housed in Zumiao Museum are mainly cultural relics about Daoism and Foshan local folk art. Every year, various kinds of folk culture activities like temple fair and Spring Worship and Summer Worship. Also, there are performances like lion dancing and martial art. For Chines culture lovers, Zumiao Museum is a dream place second to none.

54f6b73b8baa3.jpgLocation: No. 21 Zumiao Lu (Rd.), Chancheng District, Foshan 

Opening Hours: 8:30 – 19:00

Admission: Adult: RMB 20 per ticket, Child: RMB 10 per ticket

Metro: Take Guangfo Line and get off at Zumiao station

No. 3 Liwan Museum

Guangzhou Liwan Museum is a museum dedicated to Xiguan culture. The museum comprises two separate exhibitions: The partly-preserved Xiguan Dawu (Xiguan grand mansions) displays traditional Xiguan folk customs, whilst the white western-style building next to the Xiguan Dawu displays some ancient as well as modern handicrafts that are related to Xiguan culture. Step inside one of the Xiguan Dawus and you will see Canton-style furniture of Ming and Qing Dynasties and get a glimpse of Xiguan tradition, wedding customs, and festival customs.


Location: No.84 Fengyuan Bei Street, Longjin Xi Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou

Opening Hours: 8:30 – 17:00

Admission: RMB 10 per package

Bus: No. 2, 25, 55, or 74, and get off at Guangzhou No. 2 Hospital (Duo Bao Road)

(By Shiming & Monica)



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