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Suzhou Museum
Located near the famous Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou Museum is a must-visit for all history, art, and culture lovers visiting the city. This modern museum was designed by the award-winning I.M. Pei, a Chinese American architect. With more than 15,000 pieces to admire, from calligraphy and ancient paintings, to cultural relics and woodcarvings, the museum provides a crucial insight into Suzhou’s history and culture.

The city of Suzhou is famous for its well-designed classical gardens, and a visit to the museum is the perfect opportunity to discover how natural landscapes and buildings blend harmoniously within them. Explore ancient Chinese paintings, calligraphy, and handmade crafts, along with tens of thousands of books, documents, and stone inscriptions that reveal much about the various dynasties that have ruled China over the centuries, including the Yuan, Song, Ming, and Qing Dynasties.

To provide the most context, Suzhou Museum is best visited as part of an extended cultural tour of the area. It can also be visited as part of various day trips of the city, which might include entry into several classical gardens as well as time to explore the ancient streets.

Did You Know? Pei’s most famous work is the glass pyramids at the Louvre in Paris, which, while controversial during design and construction stages, went on to become incredibly popular and much-loved by Parisians and tourists alike.

Practical Info

The entrance to Suzhou Museum is located at the crossroad of Dongbei Street and Qi Men Road. Guided tours are available in English and Mandarin but must be booked in advance, while audio guides in English, Japanese, and Cantonese are available in the lobby.
Address: 204 Dongbei Street, Suzhou, Eastern China, China
Hours: Tues-Sun 9am-5pm
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Private Day Trips

Suzhou Private Customized Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train

Experience China’s “Venice of the East” on this guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, upgrade and relax on first-class bullet train tickets from Shanghai. Then explore this historic water town with an informative, professional guide and visit sites like the Humble Administrators Garden, Shantang Street, Suzhou Pingtan Opera, and Suzhou Museum. Enjoy a boat ride along the old canals and a complimentary meal.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Independent Tour of Suzhou from Shanghai

Explore the historic water town of Suzhou on this guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, head to Suzhou and stroll around the houses, ponds, and pathways of the UNESCO-designated Humble Administrator’s Garden. Enjoy a boat trip on the old Grand Canal, marvel at the history of Panmen Gate, and hop in a private rickshaw for a ride along picturesque Pingjiang Road.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Private Day Trips

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Flexible Suzhou Private Day Tour from Nanjing by Bullet Train

See beautiful Chinese Gardens and experience local culture of Suzhou on a fully customized sightseeing day trip from Nanjing by bullet train. You can choose the attractions you visit and the places you see, such as Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Panmen Gate, Jinji Lake and etc.. Take a boat ride along the old Grand Canal or walk along on the historic Pingjiang Road and Shantang Street to experience the local life. A tasty local lunch, round trip bullet train tickets, private guide and driver service are included. Upgrade to All-Inclusive Tour Package with boat ride ticket and one top attraction entrance ticket at time of booking.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Highlights of Suzhou 1 Day Private Tour Including Meals

Hit Suzhou’s cultural highlights in just a day on this comprehensive private door-to-door tour. Exploring with a guide, tour I.M. Pei’s majestic Suzhou Museum, stroll historic Shantang Street, and visit the Lingering Garden, which holds UNESCO World Heritage status. Learn the art of bonsai on Tiger Hill, discover the city’s rich needlework traditions at the Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute, and watch “kunqu” opera. Your day includes both lunch and dinner.
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Literary, Art & Music Tours

Private Suzhou Architecture Day Tour

Noted as "The City of Garden", Suzhou gardens save lots information of history, culture, ideology and science, extremely deep and wide in both material and spiritual contents. Most of Suzhou buildings gather architectural art in south of the River, setting the architecture, garden, carving, painting, poet and industrial arts in one.
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Half-day Tours

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4-Hour Flexible Suzhou City Highlights Private Tour

Make the most of your limited time in Suzhou, and see more of the city in less time, when you book this convenient, half-day tour. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, and set off with just a private guide for company. In the space of just a few hours, you’ll discover top city highlights like the UNESCO-listed Humble Administrator’s Garden, the lofty Tiger Hall, the historical Panmen Gate, and more. On this flexible, customizable tour, you can also go for a boat trip down the Grand Canal.
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Day Trips

A Private Suzhou Day Trip from Shanghai by train with Master of the Nets Garden

This tour will show you a few interesting and famous tourists’ attractions including the well-known classical Master-of-Nets Garden which was copied by Metropolitan Art Museum in NY City in 1980, magnificent Panmen Gate originally built in 514BC, well-designed Suzhou Museum by I.M.Pei and most traditional local community Pingjiang Road with boat ride. Meanwhile this tour will offer you an opportunity to try different public ways of transportation(subway,bus or taxi) so that you will experience local people’s normal life fully.We will supply the round trip train tickets from Shanghai to Suzhou.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Self-guided Tours & Rentals

Independent Tour of Suzhou and Tongli Water Village from Shanghai

This self-guided day trip offers your a comfortable private transfer service between Shanghai and Suzhou plus Tongli water village. Discover beautiful scenery of Suzhou and the tranquil water village Tongli and beautiful Tuisi Garden at your own pace. Accompanied by your friendly private driver, and visit the top attractions based on your interests in Suzhou such as Humble Administrator's Garden, historical Pingjiang Road, Tiger Hill and etc.. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride in Tongli water village if you like.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Custom Private Tours

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Flexible Suzhou City Highlights Private Day Tour with Authentic Lunch

This relaxing Suzhou day tour takes you to explore the top attractions of Suzhou. The itinerary is fully customizable based on your personal interests. See the beautiful Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Panmen Gate, Jinji Lake and etc.. Take a boat ride along the old Grand Canal (optional) or walk along on the historic Pingjiang Road and Shantang Street to experience the local life. Tasty local lunch, private guide and transfer services are inclusive.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Private Day Trips

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Private Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip with Lunch from Shanghai

Explore beautiful Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village with lunch at a delicious noodle restaurant during this amazing private day tour. It's the perfect landscaping and culture introduction of both Chinese gardens and water town. Pick any historical sites you want to visit in Suzhou like Humble of Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Suzhou Museum and so on. Your private professional local guide will take good care of you and explain you all the history about each places. Followed by a visit to Zhouzhuang Water Town where you will enjoy a relaxing boat ride and walk along the canals. In addition, discover the traditional Chinese life by visiting the antiquated houses owned by high officials.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Custom Private Tours

Private Custom Tour: 2-Day Suzhou City Highlights Tour

This 2 days private tour takes you to explore the most famous attractions in Suzhou, which is noted as the "Garden of City". You will be able to see Lingering Garden, one of four famous classic gardens in China, the No.1 Ancient Street--Shantang Street, the most impressive garden in Suzhou--Master of Nest Garden and the UNESCO World Heritage Site-Longest artificial canal in the world--Grand Canal, etc. Moreover, the itinerary can be 100% customized based on your own interests. 
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Walking Tours

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Small group: Day excursion to Suzhou Musuem, Pingjiang Road... from Shanghai

Explore China’s water town on this day trip from Shanghai. Suzhou has a rich history and some fantastic artistic attractions. This tour will take you around the Humble Administrators Garden, Suzhou Musuem and Pingjiang Road. This Garden is one of China's most famous gardens with a history of almost 900 years, while Pingjiang Road is a canal route lined with a great selection of shops and restaurants.1. Take a full-day panoramic tour of China’s own Venice, the water towns 2. Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day 3. Small-group tour, with a maximum of 6 travelers4. Hassle Free Lunch Provided
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Cultural Tours

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Pingjiang Road, Suzhou Museum, and Master of Nets Garden. A Suzhou half-day Tour

Suzhou has over 2500 years of history and was once the largest city and the capital of Jiangsu Province. This tour takes you through three of the most famous historical Suzhou Attractions. These iconic places serve as a great introduction to Suzhou's heritage and legacy, presented by a knowledgeable private guide. Enjoy the beautiful design of the Master-of-Nets garden, the relics on display in the museum, and the shops along the canal street of Pingjiang Road. 1. All admission fees included2. Private professional guide included for the entire duration3. Free hotel pickup and drop-off included4. Flexible starting and ending time (Suggested 8:30am to 16:00pm)
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Bus & Minivan Tours

Private Suzhou Half Day City Tour with Extension to Tongli Water Town

Spend the day exploring Suzhou’s most important landmarks—and the nearby Tongli Water Town, too—on this flexible, private tour. Meet your guide in the morning at your Suzhou hotel or train station, and venture first to the UNESCO-listed Lingering Garden, one of China’s most beautiful, classical gardens. Then, discover more about the region’s heritage when you visit the Suzhou Museum and a local silk-weaving factory. Later, you’ll discover the Tongli Water Town, famed for its many canals and lovely scenery.
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  • 6 to 8 minutes
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  • 6 to 8 minutes
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Cultural Tours

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A Suzhou Private Day Tour from Shanghai with Master-of-Nets Garden and Tongli

Suzhou is a famous historical and culture city with a blend of classical garden and water ancient town. With the assistance of professional guide from MoreFunAsia Shanghai Tours, we will walk into Suzhou with a history of 2,500 years. This tour takes you through four of the most famous historical Suzhou Attractions. Enjoy the beautiful design of the Master-of-Nets garden, the relics on display in the museum, the shops along the canal street of Pingjiang Road and visit a typical water town.1. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Master-of-Nets Garden2. Walk along Pingjiang Road and enjoy local lifestyle3. Visit Tongli Water Town4. Pick-up and drop-off service5. Lunch at local restaurant
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Day Trips

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Small group: Day tour to Suzhou from Shanghai with Suzhou Museum, Pingjiang Road

Explore China’s water town on this day trip from Shanghai. Suzhou has a rich history and some fantastic artistic attractions. This tour will take you around the Master-of-nets Garden, Suzhou Musuem and Pingjiang Road. This Garden is one of China's most famous gardens with a history of almost 900 years, while Pingjiang Road is a canal route lined with a great selection of shops and restaurants.1. Take a full-day panoramic tour of China’s own Venice, the water towns 2. Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day 3. Small-group tour, with a maximum of 6 travelers4. Hassle Free Lunch Provided
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Bus & Minivan Tours

A Private Suzhou Tour including Lion Grove Garden and the Night Garden

This tour will show you a few interesting and famous tourists’ attractions including the well-known classical Lion Grove Garden which is an ancient temple garden built in Yuan Dynasty, well-designed Suzhou Museum by I.M.Pei and a canal boat cruise to most traditional local community Pingjiang Road. Meanwhile this tour will offer you an opportunity to try different public ways of transportation (subway,bus or taxi) so that you will experience local people’s normal life fully.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
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  • 11 to 12 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

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Suzhou and Tongli Water Village Private Day Tour with Lunch

Discovery the charming Suzhou by exploring its enchanting gardens and the bridges and visit one of the UNESCO garden such as Humble Administrator’s garden or Lingering, Temples or museums based on your preferences, afternoon choose to visit Tongli, one of the most authentic ancient water towns without over developed, explore the ancient stone bridges, tranquil canals, Ming and Qing era houses and Tuisi garden with your local guide. Enjoy a flexible itinerary, with central Suzhou hotel or Suzhou railway station pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Flexible One Day Suzhou Private Tour with Lunch or Dinner

This one-day 8-hour flexible Suzhou city tour allows you to explore the remarkable sites in Suzhou with your own local expert guide, the winding canals, historical buildings, ancient pagodas and classic gardens. Choose to visit some of the UNESCO sites such as famous Humble administrator’s garden, Lingering Garden , Master of the Nets garden from different dynasties as well as the local ancient canal streets or ancient city wall ,enjoy a delightful local lunch and get a great overview of the “Ancient Oriental Venice” and “Garden City” with your own guide. Private transportation adds more convenient for the tour.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

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2-Day Private Trip to Suzhou and Hangzhou by Fast Train from Shanghai

Enjoy 2-Day exclusive private tour to the two famous "Heavenly Cities" on Earth -Suzhou and Hangzhou. Experience the modern fast bullet train while enjoy the convenient day trips from Shanghai. Explore 2500 year old "Oriental venice" Suzhou by wondering along the ancient canal lanes, stone bridges ,classic gardens; enjoy the spectacular nature beauty in West Lake Hangzhou, appreciate the picturesque view of the green tea village and the impressive stone buddhas and its rich religious culture in linyin temple. Different tour packages catering to diffeent travel requests. Private convenient door to door transportation are included.
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  • 2 days
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Cultural Tours

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Pleasure Suzhou All Inclusive 8h Private Tour from Shanghai

1.Private tour:private transfer&tour guide for a more personalized experience.2.No-worry tour.No complicated meeting points-your guide will pick up and drop off you at hotel.3.Explore the historical highlights of Suzhou, one of China’s oldest cities.4.Perfect introduction for first-time visitors5.Visit the largest garden in Suzhou,Small and rich history spot-Tiger hill and the first street in Suzhou.6.Taste Suzhou flavour in lunch7.Perfect introduction for first-time visitors8.All Inclusive:transfer,tour guide,lunch and entrance fees
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  • 8 minutes
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Cultural Tours

Private Suzhou Cultural Tour of Garden & Museum

Experience one of China’s oldest cities on this guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, learn about Suzhou’s remarkable history from an informative local guide and visit sites like Suzhou Folk Custom Museum, the UNESCO-designated Master of Nets Garden, and a state-owned silk factory. Enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant and complimentary bottled water.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Self-guided Tours & Rentals

Independent Tour of Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village from Shanghai

This self-guided day trip offers your a comfortable private transfer service between Shanghai and Suzhou plus Zhouzhuang water village. Discover beautiful scenery of Suzhou and the number 1 famous water village Zhouzhuang at your own pace. Accompanied by your friendly private driver, and visit the top attractions based on your interests in Suzhou such as Humble Administrator's Garden, historical Pingjiang Road and etc.. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride in Zhouzhuang water village.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Cultural Tours

Private 2-day Suzhou & Hangzhou Highlights Tour by Bullet Train

There is an old saying goes: "Heaven is above and Hangzhou and Suzhou are below." This indeed serves as perfect description of China's two most picturesque cities. But what should you choose if you only have limited time in China? This two-day private tour can easily fit into your sightseeing schedule, perfect for those with limited time, make your way through Suzhou and Hangzhou, and see the main highlights of these two cities, such as Lingering Garden, Suzhou Museum, Tongli Water Town, Boat Ride on West Lake and try the best green tea of China in Hangzhou, this tour can make you easy to understand the fascinating history and culture of ancient China, revitalize with delicious Chinese meals and experience a bullet train from Suzhou to Hangzhou can not be missed.
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  • 2 days
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