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World’s largest silk museum

By Weiwei Guan

August 18

China National Silk Museum is home to the largest collection of silk textiles in the world.

China National Silk Museum is home to the largest collection of silk textiles in the world.

Although Hangzhou in China’s Zhejiang Province may be best known for West Lake, China National Silk Museum is not far behind.

The museum, located at 73-1 Yuhuangshan Road, covers an area of 5 acres. It displays the most professional silk techniques and the largest collection of such art in the world.

A cheongsam exhibition at China’s National Silk Museum on June 14, 2012. [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Zhu Yinwei]
A cheongsam exhibition at China’s National Silk Museum on June 14, 2012. [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Zhu Yinwei]
It includes costumes and silk works from ancient China, alongside those of newly emerging modern Chinese designers. The collection also features silk articles from different ethnic minorities and various costumes and ornaments from other countries.

The museum is open on Monday from 12 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and doesn’t charge admission. Reservations are accepted via 0571-87035223. Audio guides can be borrowed from the Service Desk with an ID card and 200 yuan deposit.
A special exhibition called “Silk from the Silk Road” held at China’s National Silk Museum on Sept. 15, 2015. [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Zhu Yinwei]
Opened to the public in 1992, China National Silk Museum has helped conserve China’s silk heritage and boost its research.

A special exhibition called “Silk from the Silk Road” held at China’s National Silk Museum on Sept. 15, 2015. [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Zhu Yinwei]
A special exhibition called “Silk from the Silk Road” held at China’s National Silk Museum on Sept. 15, 2015. [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Zhu Yinwei]
The museum is open on Monday from 12 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and doesn’t charge admission. Reservations are accepted via 0571-87035223. Audio guides can be borrowed from the Service Desk with an ID card and 200 yuan deposit.

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