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Museum of Suzhou Folk Customs

Updated: 2008-01-18 18:00:39

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The Museum of Suzhou Folk Customs, located at an ancient residence in Suzhou, is a regional folk custom museum of China. The building of the Museum, featuring the architectural style of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), is listed as one of the major historical sites under the protection of Jiangsu Province. It was officially opened to the public in November 1986 on the occasion of 2,500th anniversary of the founding of Suzhou City.

The Museum of Suzhou Folk Customs has collected 2,000 pieces of artifacts but at present only 500 items are on display in the three exhibition halls, namely, the Matrimony Custom Hall, the Festival Custom Hall and the Food Custom Hall. The Matrimony Custom Hall is a restoration of the wedding ceremony of the Han nationality at the end of the Qing Dynasty around 100 years ago; the Festival Custom Hall reappears the complete insignia carried in a religious parade at Shantangjie Street, Huqiu (tiger mould) in old times; and the Food Custom Hall shows the model of a typical kitchen in a Suzhou residential house.

The museum has compiled and published a pamphlet entitledSuzhou Folk Customs.

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