Sichuan - China

Statements of Chinese Authorities on Museums
More than 6 billion yuan will be required to restore relics damaged. [Including heritage sites] [Heritage sites:] A total of 169 relics under State protection and 250 under provincial or municipal protection are known to have been severely damaged.
Another 2,766 relics in museums, including 292 precious ones, were damaged. (June 6)
According to first statistics, 60 museums, memorial halls and store houses for collections have been damaged. 15.000 precious items were destroyed, 27 museums and 17 folklore villages sustained severe damages. (Chinese Cultural Ministry, June 17)
 
Chinese ICOM National Committee
List of Museums in the affected area
There are 55 museums in this province, about half of them situated within 100 km of the epicentre. By August 5, ICOM Disaster Relief Task Force could gather information on the type of damage from 10 Sichuan museums. The list will be updated as soon as new information is available.

 


Museum
Damage or Loss

Du Fu Thatched Cottage Museum in Chengdu

Staff
Building
Roofs of some buildings were broken and some walls had cracks
Collection
Other
Reopening: 14 June 2008
Website: http://www.dfmuseum.org.cn/english/main_dfct.asp
Museum
Damage or Loss

Dujiangyan Irrigation Museum (part of UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Staff
Building
Store house damaged
Collection
immediately evacuated (protection from rain)
Other
Reopening:  
Website:  
Museum
Damage or Loss

Jinsha Site Museum in Chengdu

Staff
Building
Collection
A small amount of ancient pots were smashed
Other
Reopening:  
Website: http://www.jinshasitemuseum.com/nye/bwggk.htm
Museum
Damage or Loss

Li Bai Memorial in Jiangyou

Staff
Building
60 % of the museums buildings damaged, especially pillars and roof
Collection

only a few antiquities were harmed; on May 19 collections were transferred by staff and police (protection from rain)

Other
Reopening: Rebuilding on site or relocation is being discussed; reopening in 2011
Report: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/6431225.html
Museum
Damage or Loss

Mianyang Administration for Cultural Heritage

Staff
Building
Collection
had to be moved out of the storage house, because the Tangjiashou quake lake threatened the city. They were brought to nearby Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan
Other
Reopening:  
Website:
Museum
Damage or Loss

Qiang Ethnic Museum in Maoxian

Staff
Building
Exhibition halls were severely damaged.
Collection
safely transferred to Jinsha Site Museum in Chengdu
Other
Reopening:  
Website:
Museum
Damage or Loss

Qiang Folk Museum in Beichuan

Staff
Building
completely levelled
Collection

most of the exhibits were buried in the ruins, 805 were lost

Other
Reopening:  
Website:  
Museum
Damage or Loss

Sanxingdui Museum

Staff  
Building

Some walls were damaged

Collection
2 exhibits were damaged
Other
Reopening: 31 May 2008
Website: http://sxd.cn/en/index.html
Museum
Damage or Loss

Sichuan Science and Technology Museum in Chengdu

Staff
Building
Some damage
Collection
Other
Reopening: 1 June 2008
Website:  
Museum
Damage or Loss

Wolong Giant Panda Museum

Staff

5 staff member died; all 34 foreign visitors were saved by helicopter

Building
most of panda facilities have been destroyed
Collection
Other
1 panda died, 2 injured, 6 escaped, 77 stayed there safe
Reopening: Staff and most panda were temporarily transferred to Bifengxia panda preservation base. Authorities decided to move on future to a safer place within the reserve and to build until 2015 a new panda centre including educational facilities
Report: http://www.chinagiantpanda.com/pandanews.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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