Newly reopened in July 2016, China National Silk Museum (short for CNSM), located at the south side of West Lake in Hangzhou, is not only the first state-level specialized silk museum in China, but also the largest silk museum in the world at present.
China National Silk Museum displays about 5000 years silk history and culture which is regarded as an educational and amazing window for travelers to have a better understanding about Chinese silk and the Silk Road and have a new respect and appreciation for Chinese and Western silk art and fashion.
Besides, China National Silk Museum has very elegant environment – graceful architectures stretching on the green grasslands, different kinds of flowers blooming, water gurgling, birds singing...bringing you a fresh and comfortable visit while learn about the silk creation.
Covered about 25,000 sq.m.,China National Silk Museum consists of six main parts – “The Story of Chinese Silk”, “Sericulture and Silk Craftsmanship in China”, “An Evolution of Fashion: Chinese Costume from 1920s to 2010s”, “From Rural to Urban: 400 Years of Western Fashion”, “Textile Conservation Gallery” and “Xinyou Archive Center”.
China, the home of silk, is the earliest country raising silkworms and weaving silk. It was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans as “seres” (丝国). In this exhibition hall “The Way of Chinese Silk: Silk History and the Silk Road”, travelers can know Chinese Silk vividly through 5000 years’ history and spread through the Silk Road. On the second and third floor, it displays precious materials of different times from prehistoric era (5000 years ago) to Ming (1368~1662) and Qing (1636~1912) Dynasties.
Sericulture and silk technology originated in China, and has since served as a cultural symbol of the Chinese nation. “Sericulture and Silk Craftsmanship in China” was awarded a place on the "Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO on September 28, 2009. This exhibition displays every aspect of sericulture and silk craftsmanship, including mulberry cultivation, silkworm breeding and silk reeling, dyeing, weaving and the relevant customs.
This “An Evolution of Fashion: Chinese Costumes from 1920s to 2010s” exhibition hall is like a huge wardrobe of any Chinese women. Travelers can view exquisite clothes from 1920s to 2010s, ranging from Qi-pao which recognized as the most representative of Chinese women’s costumes and presented the graceful shape and unique charms of Chinese women, to Chinese tunic suit which is traditionally known as Zhongshan suit, to China’s fashion design to integrate with the global trends…In this exhibition, you can have a vivid view of the process of change in Chinese fashion throughout the century to present achievements of Chinese fashion.
In the exhibition hall “From Rural to Urban: 400 Years of Western Fashion”, travelers can appreciate major fashion in the Western world during the past four hundred years. The first hall of the exhibition concentrates on European fashion from 1600 to 1800. In the second half of the exhibition, starting in the second half of 20th century. You can view 17th century Baroque Dress, 18th century Robe Volante, Polish Dress, PANEA Dress and 19th century Jane Austen Dress, Bustle, etc. In 20th century, there were many costumes from excellent designers, like Jeanne Lanvin, Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, Christian Dior, Cristobal Balenciaga, Hubert DeGivenchy, Pierre Balmain, etc. Besides the dresses, you can take a glance at the change of shoes, handbags, jewelry, make-up utensils.
The Textile Conservation Gallery is the demonstrative application base of Innovation Alliance in National Cultural Relics Conservation Scientific and Technological Area (Zhejiang Province). In this gallery, travelers can not only have a look at the whole restoration of cultural textiles, but also enjoy the relics after restoration.
The Xinyou Archive Center is a textile information center named after Zhu Xinyu and Jiang Youlong, two important predecessors in the textile industry. Travelers can learn many knowledge from samples of modern fabrics, precious personnel archive, historical newspapers, books and audio materials at home and abroad concerning silkworm breeding and silk reeling, the history of silk, dyeing techniques, the history of garment, textile archaeology and the Silk Road.
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China National Silk Museum is located at Yuhuangshan Road which is on the south side of Hangzhou West Lake, close to Leifeng Pagoda, Changqiao Bridge Park, Colored Port View Fish Garden, Prince Bay Park, etc.
Independent travelers can take taxi, bus, or bicycle to reach China National Silk Museum. If you take taxi from your hotel, it may take 15 minutes. Also, you can take bus No. 4, 12, 42, 51, 52, 87, 133, 334, Y6, Y2 and more to stop at Silk Museum station. If you take a bike to cycle around West Lake and its nearby attraction, you can add China National Silk Museum into your travel list which it takes about 8 minutes from Su Causeway and Leifeng Pagoda Scenic Area to China National Silk Museum.
If you want to get rid of hustle of public transportation and troublesome navigation, you can take a private tour package which covers sightseeing, night shows and activities, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to China National Silk Museum with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on sightseeing.
Unlike other museums, China National Silk Museum opens from Mondays to Sundays. On Monday, it opens at 12:00~17:00 and 09:00~17:00 for national holidays; and on Tuesdays to Sundays, it opens at 09:00~17:00. Exhibition halls are cleared fifteen minutes before closing. Textile Conservation Gallery is closed during Weekends and National Holidays.
Travelers can make a reservation for free explanation about this silk museum. It is available from Monday (12:00~17:00) to Sunday (09:00~17:00). If you want to make it on your own, you can call at +86 0571-87035223. Or, if you want any help from China Discovery, please feel free to tell us.
The museum provides travelers with digital audio tour for free. Both Chinese and English languages are available. Travelers should show your ID card or passport card and fill the registration form of audio tour use. 200 RMB of guarantee deposit is needed for each device and it would be returned after the device returned in its original condition.
In the Fashion Hall, there are 197 pieces of silk exhibits from Tokyo National Museum, South Korea’s National Palace Museum, Russia’s National Museum of Oriental, etc. This exhibition lasts for 3 month till December 05, 2016. If there is any other changes, we’ll update timely.
There is a service center for travelers to take a rest and buy some silk products. All the silk products are guaranteed to be genuine.
Things to Do in Hangzhou: West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Longjing tea Plantation, Hefang Street, Xixi National Wetland Park, China National Tea Museum, China National Silk Museum…
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