The Changsha Provincial Museum is an interesting source of art and history in Changsha. It is located right next to LieShi GongYuan (Martyr’s Park) and you can take buses 131, 301, and 901 to get there (among others).
It opened in 1956 after archeologists excavated the Mawangdui Tombs found near by. Many of the items in the museum were owned by the Marquis Dai of the Han period who lived over 2100 years ago. The museum also includes other Hunan cultural items including pottery and embroidery. The main feature of the museum is found in the basement: the body of the Marquis Dai herself.
Gotta admit, she is quite a looker!
The museum is open 7 days a week and is free to enter.
But in addition to the regular museum, there are usually traveling exhibits. These exhibits usually visit for about 2-3 months at a time and cost 30 RMB for admittance. You buy these tickets inside near the entrace to the traveling exhibit.
The exhibit this time around was Treasure from Tibet. I think this exhibit was better than the majority of the rest of the museum, was worth the price of admission, and I didn’t take enough pictures!
It was mainly statues and tapestries but there were a few other interesting things like jewelry, costumes, and instruments. I took lots of pictures of the statues because they were just so intricate. Every time I looked at them I would see something new. Here are some of my favorite pieces.
You can see all my pics from the exhibit here. Unfortunately the exhibit is already gone. Next time I will go to the exhbit earlier and get the post up quicker so you can know if it is worth going or not.