A small compact museum, free entry (need ID to get tickets). Consists of displays spread over 3 floors, grouped by bronze artifacts, ceramics artifacts, Sichuan arts, Painting and Calligraphy, a section on the various tribes in this region, a special exhibit on the costumes of the various tribes as influenced by Islam/Turks (at least that is what I could glean as this section was all in Chinese), and my favorite section in the basement, stone carvings. There is also a section on Tibetan Buddhism.
The period of artifacts displayed spanned from the early days of the Shang/Chin dynasties to Qing Dynasty, about a 4000-years timeframe with some gaps in between. Quite amazing to see time frozen through these displays and the ingenuity of human over the years.
In terms of displays, not as many artifacts or as wide a range as that of the Xian museum, and much smaller too. But it is a compact museum, good to spend a few hours if you are in the area and have time to kill and are interested in things like this. It would be better had the museum placed the displays in a better contextual setting - better explanations of the times the artifacts were in use etc. Perhaps the wireless headsets would help in that area - we did not use them as we arrived late to the museum.
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