Chángshā Municipal Museum

Chángshā Municipal Museum information

Chángshā , China
538 Bayi Lu
+86 731 8224 2209
Getting there
Bus: 1, 501
Opening hours
9am-5pm Tue-Sun
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A colossal statue of Mao Zedong cast out of aluminium-magnesium alloy in Hēilóngjiāng in 1968 affably greets you at the entrance. (Compare his carriage – arm aloft, heralding a new dawn – with more subdued statues erected post-reform.) It’s the first clue that despite the paintings, ceramics and jade on display, this museum is really a shrine. Check out the huge portrait of a young Mao with shafts of light emanating from his head above the entrance.

The museum also houses the former site of the Húnán CCP Committee (中共湘区委员会旧址; Zhōng Gòng Xiāngqū Wěiyuánhuì Jiùzhǐ), where Mao lived from 1921 to 1923 with his first wife and mother-in-law while secretly running the local CCP. Bring a picture ID.