CNSM (China National Silk Museum), near the West Lake in Hangzhou, is one of the first state-level museums in China and the largest silk museum in the world, covering an area of 50,000 square meters and a building area of 8,000 square meters. It was opened in February 26th, 1992, and welcomes visitors without charge since January 1st, 2004.
CNSM has renovated its permanent displays, which are “The Story of Chinese Silk” and “Sericulture and Silk Craftsmanship in China”, and open “Textile Conservation Gallery” and “Xinyou Archive Center”.
As the largest specialized museum on textiles in China, the main goal of CNSM is to research and conserve Chinese textile relics. Chinese Center for Textile Identification and Conservation was founded in 2000, and has carried out a large amount of research and practical activities in this field. In 2010, the center moved to CNSM.
As the largest center for textile collection, exhibition, conservation, research and education in China, CNSM is now the showcase of Chinese silk history and culture.