China National Silk Museum Tours

Located south of Hangzhou’s West Lake, the UNESCO World Heritage–listed China National Silk Museum is the largest museum in the world devoted to silk. In addition to an extensive collection of silk garments, textiles, and relics, the museum covers 5,000 years of silk development, history, and culture across eight galleries.

The Basics
You can easily spend a few hours exploring the China National Silk Museum’s 86,110 square feet (8,000 square meters) of exhibition space, which are set on an area of more than a half-million square feet (50,000 square meters). There is a lot to see, including textiles from the Han and Tang dynasties, modern-day cheongsams, and traditional weaving machines. The museum’s proximity to West Lake and other top Hangzhou sights make it easy to visit the museum and other attractions on the same day, either independently or as part of a guided tour covering other landmarks such as Leifeng Pagoda and Qinghefang Ancient Street. If visiting on your own, guided museum tours are available by appointment.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The China National SIlk Museum is a must-see for fashion and textile lovers, and those interested in the history of the Silk Road.
  • Admission to the museum is free.
  • Audio guides in Chinese and English are free, though an ID and refundable deposit are required to borrow one.
  • The museum is accessible to wheelchairs, which are available for free.
  • A teahouse and gift shop are located on the museum grounds.

How to Get There
The museum is located at the southern side of West Lake, at No. 73-1 Yuhuangshan Road in the Shangcheng district. A number of buses stop at the museum, including 4, 12, 31, 42, 87, and 133. Alternatively, take a taxi or ride a bicycle around West Lake to the museum.

When to Get There
The museum is open from 12pm to 5pm Monday and 9am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday year-round. The exhibition halls are cleared out 15 minutes prior to closing. On weekends and national holidays, the Textile Conservation Gallery is closed.
 
The Galleries and Exhibitions of the China National Silk Museum
After an extensive renovation in 2016, the museum reopened with impressive updates to its permanent galleries, including the Story of Chinese Silk, Sericulture and Silk Craftsmanship in China, the Textile Conservation Gallery, and the Xinyou Archive Center. These galleries are complemented by a variety of changing exhibitions covering various topics related to silk, textiles, and relics—particularly those of Chinese origin.
Location
Address: 73-1 Yuhuangshan Road, Hangzhou, Shangcheng District 310002, China
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Cultural Hangzhou Day Tour: Leifeng Pagoda, China National Silk Museum, and Qinghefang Cultural Street

Check out some of Hangzhou's top attractions on this 8-hour sightseeing tour. With a guide, learn a bit about the area's history and culture as you visit Leifeng Pagoda, the China National Silk Museum, and Hefang Street, aka Qinghefang Ancient Street. Lunch is included.
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Hangzhou Your Way: Private Full-Day Hangzhou City Transport

Discover the city Marco Polo famously called ‘paradise’ on this private full-day tour of Hangzhou, including hotel pick-up. Capture photos of the glittering West Lake; admire the unique rock formations of Feilai Mountain; and see landmarks like Lingyin Temple, Leifeng Pagoda and Six Harmonies Pagoda. After lunch (own expense), discover the history of China’s silk trade at the fascinating National Silk Museum, then stroll down the lively shopping street of Qinghefang.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Hangzhou Cultural Tour Including Leifeng Pagoda, China National Silk Museum and Qinghefang Cultural Street

Journey through the dreamy landscapes of Hangzhou on this full-day sightseeing tour, including hotel pick-up and drop-off. Visit the Hu Xueyan House, discover the history of the Silk Road at the China National Silk Museum and look out over the famous West Lake from the Leifeng Pagoda. After a typical Chinese lunch (included), peek into the fascinating Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine and stroll down Qinghefang Street, renowned for its historic buildings and lively shops. 
  • Duration: 8 hours
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