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Exhibition, Sat 25 Jan - Sun 26 Apr 2020, free entry

Treasures of China

Treasures of China

Woman’s silk jacket, late Qing dynasty, c.1880, photographed by Blackfell Photography


Treasures of China brings together rarely seen porcelain, embroidery, calligraphy, silk, jade and other precious items from nearly four-thousand-years of Chinese imperial culture. Featuring beautiful and exquisite loans from Durham University’s Oriental Museum, accompanied by objects from our own collection of porcelain and textiles.

Discover the dynastic history of China and the splendour of the Imperial Court with displays of the sumptuous clothing and precious jades that showed wealth and status, the beautiful objects related to the scholarly tradition and an extraordinary collection of porcelain. Many of the objects are richly decorated and the exhibition will reveal the hidden meanings and symbolism used in the decoration.

Objects from the Tullie House collection will trace the journey of tea, silks, porcelain and artworks that made the six-thousand-mile journey to Carlisle, exploring how tourism and the Silk Road impacted upon Imperial China and the West. A stunning display of contemporary art from Chinese artists will show how the fascinating history and symbolism of Imperial China continues to inspire and inform Chinese culture today.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 25 Jan - Sun 26 Apr 2020


Free entry

Free with normal admission


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

Group benefits include free admission and meal in our Garden Restaurant for your travel leader and/or coach driver. Group rates: £4.50pp (min group size 10). Curatorial talk £2.00pp extra.

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Castle Street,


Plan route to Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 398560  Lat: 54.89509 Long: -2.94014

By car or coach enter the city following the M symbol until this brings you to Hardwicke Circus roundabout. Take the exit signed A595 Workington. Keeping in the outside lane of the dual carriageway, drive past Tullie House, which will be on your left.

Go straight on at the traffic lights, keep in the right hand lane. When you reach the roundabout at McVities factory double back on yourself and drive back along the other side of the dual carriageway keeping in the inside lane. Go straight across at the traffic lights and turn left at the sign for Devonshire Walk car park. Tullie House can be reached by using either the footbridge or the underground walkway situated just in front of the castle.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Carlisle station

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