Dunhuang Museum ​- introduces the history and culture of Dunhuang

Last Update: 17th October 2020


Consisting 6 galleries, Dunhuang Museum is fitted with full facilities. It is important for promoting Dunhuang culture and displaying Dunhuang ancient civilization. With a collection of 13,297 pieces, the museum is also a significant research base for Dunhuang Studies.

Dunhuang Museum ​Fast Facts
  • Chinese Name: Dunhuang Bowuguan (敦煌博物馆)
  • Area: 16,000 square meters
  • Things to do th​ere: Photography, Dunhuang History and Culture, Dunhuang Studies
  • Who visits: Photographers, Dunhuang History and Culture Lovers, Archaeologists
  • Time required: 1 – 2 x hours
What to expect at the Dunhuang Museum

Dunhuang Museum offers the cultural relics on the Silk Road in the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD) to demonstrate the social life of the people in Dunhuang in the Han Dynasty at Gallery 1. At Gallery 2, the old painted tiles, the weapons, and daily necessities excavated in the caves reflect the prosperous culture in the Wei Jin Southern and Northern Dynasty (220 – 589).


At Gallery 3, you could explore beads, Weiqi, jade, pottery and tomb figures catching the camels which present that Dunhuang had played an important role in the development of the Silk Road in the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907), Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period (907 – 979).


In addition, if interested, you could read the wooden tablets in the Han Dynasty which tells the then situations of farming and guiding the border of Dunhuang with other places. At the museum, you could also explore the cultural relics excavated at the Han Great Wall, Yumen Pass and Yangguan Pass, such us the ancient silk, the old coins, Buddhism inscriptions in the Tang Dynasty, the old paper, stone rubbings, stone axes, stone, stone mills, bronze wares and other daily necessities.

Best time to visit the Dunhuang Museum

The best time to visit the museum is in the morning during the opening hours.


The best months to visit are from May to October.


How to get to the Dunhuang Museum

Bus 3 passes by the museum. Therefore, there are only a few options.

  • Rent a vehicle to the museum. This is the quickest and most direct options.
  • Take Bus 3 to the Stop of Bowuguan (博物馆站).
Additional Dunhuang Museum Travel Advice
  • Opening hours: 09:00 – 18:00 (May 1 – September 30, visitors are not allowed to visit the museum from 17:30); 09:00 – 18:00 (October 1 – April 30, visitors are not allowed to visit the museum from 17:00). It is not open to the public on Mondays.
  • As at 17th October 2020, visitors can explore the museum for free.
  • Please get the free entrance ticket at the ticket office with your passport.
  • Please keep quiet at the museum.
  • Flashlight or the tripod is not allowed to use at the museum.
  • The museum offers Chinese interpretation service for extra cost of 100 CNY per person one time.
  • If you would like to enjoy the temporary exhibition during your visit, you have to pay for it.
Interested in visiting the Dunhuang Museum on a Tour?

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