Time Travel – Jinsha Site Museum, Chengdu


With the site found in February 2001, established and opened in April 2007, Jinsha Site Museum (金沙博物馆) is not only the symbolic cultural landscape of profound Chengdu history, but also the indispensable exhibition of ancient Shu civilization (“Shu” was the ancient name of Sichuan) and is one of the millennium and archeological discoveries about the ancient Shu civilization at the beginning of the 21st century.

It was a cool and quiet late afternoon when we arrived at the museum looking forward to making memories in Chengdu in a usual manner but the Jinsha Site Museum gave us more than we bargained for. As directed, we scanned a code QR code at the receptionist’s desk with our wechat and that led us into one of the museum’s website where we could use the audio version of the tour guide. That was something I have never seen in several other museums I have been to and which depicts that Jinsha Site museum is indeed a First-Class National Museum.

As we walked through the main gate, we were amazed at the surrounding vegetation, and very beautiful scenes beckoning on us to take selfies in front of them. The Jinsha Site Museum is one of a few site museums in China that well combine modern and the old Shu civilization, museum and beautiful garden scene. It’s indeed a place worth seeing again.

The museum is a very large one, our troupe had to move together so no one will get missing and we moved from the garden through the relics hall to the exhibition hall, souvenir shop, etc and we saw the glorious exhibition of the archaeological excavations, extent of preservation of cultural relics, religious worshiping, ancient artifacts and living styles.

Having been to a couple of museums in China, the exhibition hall in some ways looked familiar except the construction of the building – the roof was molded like a key.

The sight of it was striking and spoke volumes to me. It spoke of doors that were once closed but now, opened. It spoke of a walk into the past and ancient times. It appeared to me like a link between then and now was created by the establishment of the museum. It reminded me of episode 14 – The Nerdvana Annihilation, on the first season of Big Bang Theory when Leonard and his friends got a Time Machine on auction so they could have a time travel. It was hilarious how they made a routine on the use of the machine until Sheldon had a nightmare on it and that was the last we heard about it. I wish they knew the best way to travel in time is by visiting a museum.

The souvenir shop area of the museum is a must-visit for all tourists as there is an assortment of practical, beautiful, and high-collecting valued souvenirs. Lots of stuff you would love to go home with.

If you enjoy history and archaeology, this is a very good museum to see. A visit will amaze you.

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Opening Hours

Summer (May-October) 8.00 – 20.00 (Last admission at 19.00)

Winter (November – April) 8.00 – 18.30 (Last admission 17.30)

Closed on Mondays (except on national holiday and summer vacation – July and August, winter vacation – January and February).

Transport to and from the museum

The Jinsha Museum is in the center of Chengdu so it is easy to visit. It is located at No.02, Jinsha Site Road, Chengdu, just about 5 km west of downtown Chengdu. It is. It is easily accessible by taxi and buses and can be reached by the bus lines 5, 7, 82, 83, 96, 111, 311, 401, 502, 503A, and Tourism Bus 901.