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China’s Museums and Memorials are Reopening

With the improvement of the covid-19 pandemic prevention and control situation, museums and memorial halls in China have resumed opening up. Museums that have been reopened have adopted strict epidemic prevention measures to ensure the safety of the visitors while enriching the cultural life of the tourists.


In mid to late March, more than 180 museums in 19 provinces (regions, municipalities) include Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Anhui, Fujian, Henan, Hunan, Heilongjiang, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Hainan, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan, Chongqing, Shaanxi, and Ningxia had reopened to the public, 19 of which are first-class museums.


As of March 24, many museums including the Suzhou Museum, Kunming Museum, Chengdu Museum, Shenyang Palace Museum, Chongqing Natural History Museum, Sichuan Museum, Nanjing Museum, Guangdong Museum, Sanxingdui Museum are reopened to public.

Prevetion Measures for Covid-19

Previously, the State Administration of Cultural Heritage issued guidelines to promote the resumption of museums in an orderly manner, emphasizing that cultural relics and museums can take measures such as online real-name appointments, total volume control, time-sharing, voice guidance, and digital tours to reduce People gather. In order to protect the health and safety of visitors and museum staff during the opening period, each resumed open museum puts forward clear requirements in advance appointments, temperature measurement, etc., and reminds tourists to take personal protection.

  • Show the health information code
  • Measure body temperature
  • Different degrees of current limiting measures 
  • Visitors are required to wear masks
  • Group bookings are not accepted
  • No manual explanation service
  • Implementation of real-name appointment booking
  • Suspension of all social education, performance activities and multimedia interactive experience projects


From March 13th, visitors who like museums and art galleries can view the exhibition as usual. This is also the first time that major museums and art galleries in Shanghai have reopened since they closed in late January.


17 municipal museums including Shanghai Museum, Shanghai History Museum (Shanghai Revolutionary History Museum), Shanghai Lu Xun Memorial Hall, Shanghai World Expo Museum, First Communist Party Site Memorial Hall, Chen Yun Memorial Hall, etc., and 12 art galleries such as China Art Palace, Shanghai Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai Twelve art galleries, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Cheng Shifa Art Museum will be reopened on March 13.

Open Date Museum

March 13

Shanghai Museum, Shanghai History Museum, Shanghai Lu Xun Memorial Hall, Shanghai World Expo Museum, Memorial Hall of the First Congress of the Communist Party of China, Chen Yun Memorial Hall, Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, Shanghai Natural History Museum, Shanghai China Navigation Museum, Shanghai Tushan Bay Museum, Xu Guangqi Memorial Hall, Shanghai Songhu Anti-Japanese War Memorial Hall, Qingpu District Museum, Fengxian District Museum, Memorial Hall of the CPC Office in Shanghai (Zhou Gongguan), Shanghai Yuan Dynasty Sluice Site Museum, Shanghai Songze Site Museum.

  • 5 municipal state-owned art galleries: Chinese Art Palace, Shanghai Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Cheng Shifa Art Museum, SPSI Art Museum
  • 5 municipal state-owned art galleries: Han Tianheng Art Museum, Lu Yanshao Art Academy, Cheng Shifa Art Museum, Jinqiao Biyun Art Museum, Songjiang Art Museum
  • 2 non-state art galleries: Shanghai Yang Peiming Propaganda Poster Collection Art Museum, Shanghai Oriental Ceramic Art Museum



On March 17, the Guangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, Television and Tourism has approved the opening of the museums and memorials affiliated to the bureau to the public. In principle, the total number of visitors to the museum daily and the number of reservations during the same period cannot exceed 30% of the number of normal open receptions to ensure that the distance between tourists can reach more than 1.5 meters.


Each museum is equipped with an infrared temperature measuring instrument. Visitors must check their temperature and wear masks when entering the hall. For tourists with abnormal body temperature (> 37.3 ℃) or obvious respiratory symptoms, the museum adopts indwelling measures outside the hall and contacts the relevant departments in the territories to assist them to go to the designated hospital for treatment.

The Memorial Hall of the Third Congress of the Communist Party of China, the Guangzhou Agricultural Lecture Center, the Nanyue King Museum of the Western Han Dynasty, the Nanyue Royal Palace Museum, the Marshal Sun Yat-sen's Palace Memorial Hall, the 1911 Revolution Memorial Hall, the Guangzhou Uprising Memorial Hall, and the Guangzhou Museum of Fine Arts have been reopened on March 18. On the same day, a rehearsal exercise was held.

Open Date


March 15

Guangzhou Museum Zhenhailou Exhibition Area

March 18

Memorial Hall of the Third Congress of the Communist Party of China, Guangzhou Agricultural Lecture Center, Nanyue King Museum of the Western Han Dynasty, Nanyue Royal Palace Museum, Marshal Sun Yat-sen's Palace Memorial Hall, 1911 Revolution Memorial Hall, Guangzhou Uprising Memorial Hall, Guangzhou Museum of Fine Arts



The Nanjing Museum (Chaotian Palace), the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom History Museum (Zhanyuan), the Communist Party's Meiyuan New Village Memorial Hall, the Nanjing Folk Customs Museum (the former residence of Ganxi), the Cross River Victory Memorial Hall, the Jiangning Weaving Museum, and the Six Dynasties Museum were reopened on March.


The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region is still a first-level prevention and control area. Among the three places, Tianjin took the lead in opening cultural venues. The various venues that have resumed opening up have detailed opening procedures.  With the exception of tianjin, Beijing and hebei have yet to see the reopening of cultural and tourism venues, but both have issued guidelines to guide the reopening of cultural and tourism industries or venues.

Provide regulations on the number of people in the museum at the same time, strictly implement regular disinfection work, and increase the frequency of disinfection in the contact areas of the peak line. Visitors to the museum must comply with the venue requirements, wear masks, monitor body temperature, hold a green "health code", and scan the QR code and register before entering the museum.

Open Date


March 23

Binhai Cultural Center, China-Singapore Friendship Library, Binhai New Area Cultural Center, Binhai New Area Museum

March 24

Hepingjin Battle Memorial Museum, Tianjin Dagukou Fort Battery Site Museum

March 25

Tianjin People's Art Museum, Tianjin Art Museum

March 26

Tianjin Natural History Museum, Tianjin Museum



The Shaanxi Provincial Bureau of Cultural Relics revealed on March 23rd that the Shaanxi History Museum, the Museum of the Emperor Qin Shi Emperor's Mausoleum, the Xi'an Beilin Museum, and the Emperor Yangling Museum of the Han Dynasty are scheduled to be reopened simultaneously on March 25.


After the museum resumed its opening, online and offline booking will be adopted. For the time being, group tourists will not be allowed to visit the museum and manual explanation will not be provided. In order to prevent the gathering of people, the total number of visitors is controlled, and the daily limit is 1000 to 8000 people depending on the different museums.

Open Date


Daily Maximum Reception

March 25

Shaanxi History Museum


Museum of the Emperor Qin Shi Emperor's Mausoleum


Xi'an Beilin Museum


Emperor Yangling Museum of the Han Dynasty



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