In order to protect, inherit and spread China’s traditional arts, with the application of Jiangsu Provincial Government and Suzhou Municipal Government and the approval of the Ministry of Culture, Suzhou Pingtan Museum was established and opened to the public in 2004.
Suzhou Pingtan Museum is located at No.3, Zhangjia Alley, Pingjiang Road, where Shen’s Grand Mansion was once located in the late Qing Dynasty and the early Republic of China, covering an area of 839 square meters.
The museum possesses different kinds of valuable materials and scripts of unique copies of Pingtan which were once stored in Suzhou Opera Research Institute and Pingtan Materials Research Institute. Besides, Ms Yu Ruomu, wife of the great proletarian revolutionist Chen Yun donated 500 pieces of audio and video materials about Pingtan to the museum. This has laid a solid foundation for Suzhou Pingtan Museum.
The design philosophy of Suzhou Pingtan Museum of China is “close to the mass and appreciative to all”. While focused on demonstrating the history of Suzhou Pingtan and the performance characteristics of renowned masters of different schools, the museum makes full use of high technologies to demonstrate Pingtan’s historical performance scenes and customs to bring more entertainment and fun. Contrary to the elegant art style of China Kunqu Opera Museum nearby, it displays a different aspect of China’s traditional culture.
Address: No.3, Zhangjia Alley, Suzhou
Opening hours: From 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Closed on Mondays.