A new free admission schedule has been announced for Guangzhou's museums in 2018. Ten of the city's most popular museums will be offering free admission one day per month. These include the Guangzhou Museum, Chen Clan Academy, Liwan Museum, Former Residence of Hong Xiuquan, South Sea God Temple, Guangdong Chinese Medicine Museum, the Museum of Biology, Sun Yat-sen University, Zhujiang-InBev International Beer Museum, China Customs Museum Guangzhou Branch and the Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King.
The free admission dates are as follows:
January 17 (Wednesday)
February 14 (Wednesday)
March 14 (Wednesday)
April 18 (Wednesday)
May 18 (Friday)
June 9 (Saturday)
July 18 (Wednesday)
August 15 (Wednesday)
September 12 (Wednesday)
October 17 (Wednesday)
November 14 (Wednesday)
December 12 (Wednesday)
The Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King
The tomb, hidden 20 meters underground, is made up of 750 huge stones, all decorated with colorful murals. Discovered in 1983, it has yielded more than 10,000 burial artifacts, a chariot, gold and silver vessels, and ancient musical instruments. Human sacrifices were also discovered - fifteen courtiers, concubines and servants were buried alive with the King to serve him after death.
With an area of more than 17,400 square meters, the museum, opened in 1988, mainly displays more than 400 pieces of cultural relics unearthed from the mausoleum. Known as a model of site museums, it won six building awards at home and abroad.
Address: 867 Jiefang Beilu (解放北路867号)
Opening hours: 9:00-17:30
Ticket: 12 yuan
Housed in the Zhenhai Tower, this was Guanzhou's tallest building when it was first constructed in 1380, the 13th year of Hongwu Reign of the Ming Dynasty. The five-story building was reconstructed in 1928 and opened as a museum. Some of the highlights include a vintage trolleybus, a Qing Dynasty mechanical clock and some very interesting timelines, showing just how much early contact with the outside world the city had experienced.
In 2017, the Guangzhou Museum was listed as a national-level museum.
Address: Zhenhai Tower, Yuexiu Park (越秀公园内镇海楼)
Opening hours: 9:00-17:30 (closed every Monday)
Ticket: 10 yuan
Guangdong Folk Arts Museum (inside the Chen Clan Academy)
The Chen Clan Academy, a massive, luxuriously furnished complex, was constructed in typical southern architectural style. Financed by the wealthy Chen family in the Emperor Guangxu period (1875-1908), the Chen Clan Academy comprises six courtyards, nine main halls and a collection of artwork that include wood carvings, stone carvings, pottery and cast iron pieces decorated with historical and mythical figures. It now houses the Guangdong Folk Arts Museum. Also every year it runs various exhibitions of handicrafts like Canton ivory carving, porcelain and paper cutting.
The museum was listed in the third batch of national-level museums in May 2017.
Address: 34 Enlongli, Zhongshan Qilu, Liwan district (荔湾区中山七路恩龙里34号)
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00
Ticket: 10 yuan
China Customs Museum Guangzhou Branch
Just behind all the mobile phone accessory markets on Nanfang Lu is one of Guangzhou's most interesting classical buildings. Designed by British architect David Dick in the style of European neo-classicism, and undertaken by the Huachang Engineering Company, the Canton Customs House was completed in May 1916, and the four-storey high south-east façade of the mansion was masoned in granite. On the roof of the façade is a four-sided, dome-roofed bell tower. At one time the bells would toll every hour, 24 hours a day, but the mansion is now the China Customs Museum Guangzhou Branch.
The museum houses a display of the country’s first national stamps, the Haiguan Dalong (Large Dragons) series. These stamps were created in 1878 for the Chinese Imperial Customs, run by an Englishman named Robert Hart who first organized the Chinese Imperial Post in 1897.
Address: 29 Yanjiang Xilu (沿江西路29号)
Opening hours: 9:00-16:00 (Only on Wednesday)
Ticket: 15 yuan
The Museum of Biology, Sun Yat-sen University
Since its opening in the year 2000, the museum set in the grounds of South China's most prestigious medical university, has become a valuable educational resource. The curators maintain a wealth of more than 30,000 precious biological specimens.
Address: Ma Wenhui Hall, Sun Yat-sen University, 135 Xingang Xilu (新港西路135号中山大学“马文辉堂”)
Opening time: public holidays
Source: Life of Guangzhou
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