Gansu Provincial Museum ​- a must visit Provincial Museum in Lanzhou

Last Update: 16th October 2020

Located at No. 3, Xijin West Road, Qilihe District, Lanzhou, Gansu Provincial Museum is a large comprehensive museum in Gansu Province. The museum has collected more than 350,000 pieces of historical and cultural relics, modern and cultural relics, ancient cultural relics, and paleontological fossils and specimens.

Gansu Provincial Museum Fast Facts
  • Chinese Name: Gansusheng Bowuguan (甘肃省博物馆)
  • Area: 2.1 x hectares
  • Things to do there: Photography, Silk Road, Chinese History and Culture
  • Who visits: Photographers, Adventure Enthusiasts, Chinese History and Culture Lovers
  • Time required: 3– 4 x hours
What to expect at the Gansu Provincial Museum

Gansu Provincial Museum offers the permanent exhibition halls – “Gansu Painted Pottery” Exhibition Hall where you will know some culture through the painted pottery of Dadiwan Culture, Yangshao Culture, Majiayao Culture and Bronze Age Culture, “Civilization of Gansu Silk Road” Exhibition Hall with 420 pieces of cultural relics reflecting the ancient Silk Road, such as the bronze ware of the Northern Prairie Culture, copper running horses and honor guard, silk fabric in the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 8 AD and 23 AD – 220 AD) and the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907), Buddhist Statue, Gold and Silver, Tang Sancai, and the like.


At the “Gansu paleontological fossils” exhibition hall, you will see a large number of paleontological fossil specimens found in Gansu, such as dinosaurs’ fossils, the fossil of the ancient elephant, etc. You can find the great statue at the Gansu Buddhist Art Exhibition on the second floor. It is a combination of caves copied from the Mogao Caves and the Maiji Mountain Grottoes, the white pagoda of Tibetan Buddhism, etc.


The museum always holds temporary exhibitions on the ground floor.

Best time to enjoy the Gansu Provincial Museum

The best time to visit Gansu Provincial Museum is in the morning during the opening hours.


The best months to visit are from April to October.


How to get to the Gansu Provincial Museum

There are several buses passing by the museum. Therefore, there are several options.

  • Rent a vehicle to the museum. This is the quickest and most direct option.
  • Take Bus 1, 18, 31, 50, 53, 58, 77, 106, 129, 137, 302, and Bus 311 to the Stop of Qilihe Bridge (七里河桥站)
Additional Gansu Provincial Museum Travel Advice
  • Opening hours: 09:00 – 17:00 ( Tuesday – Sunday, visitors are not allowed to enter the museum from 16:00)
  • Admission fee: free
  • Please do not wear slippers into the museum.
  • Lighters are not allowed to bring into the museum.
  • Please keep quiet at the museum.
  • Please present your passports to the staff of the museum when getting the ticket.
  • It is not allowed to eat at the museum.
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