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Suzhou Museum

Suzhou Museum

Located at Dongbei Street in Suzhou, Suzhou Museum is modeled after Mansion of Prince Zhong, a high-ranking official in Taiping Heavenly Kingdom. This is a museum of ancient Chinese art, ancient Chinese paintings, calligraphies, and handmade crafts. Firstly built in 1960, and then rebuilt in 2006, Suzhou Museum covers an area of over 8,000 kilometers. It is the only architecture of Taiping Heavenly Kingdom style preserved completely with the wisteria grew by Wen Zhengming (a Chinese ancient art) at the entrance and a classic stage stands in the east.

Suzhou Museum has adopted the typical architecture style in Suzhou -- the whitewashed plaster walls and the dark gray clay tiles. Although it has the appearance of an ancient Chinese structure, it uses durable modern materials such as steel roof beams. The interior is constructed with wooden frames and white ceiling; metal sunscreens with wooden panels have been introduced to allow more lights. Moreover, the main building and the two-storied parts are lower than the surrounding ancient architectures.

The museum now acts not only an architectural landmark in Suzhou, but also a significant construction bridging traditional Chinese architectural design with modern concept.