Treasures of China

16 July – 31 st December 2020

Treasures of China is a major new exhibition unveiling the splendour of almost 3,000 years of imperial culture. The exhibition brings together rarely seen porcelain, embroidery, calligraphy, silk, jade and other precious items from nearly 3,000 years of Chinese imperial culture. It features beautiful and exquisite loans from Durham University’s Oriental Museum, accompanied by objects from Tullie House’s own collection of porcelain and textiles.

Objects from the Tullie House collection trace the journey of tea, silks, porcelain and artworks that made the 6.000 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 shows how the fascinating history and symbolism of Imperial China continues to inspire and inform Chinese culture today.


Caption: Chinese flask (Wikimedia Commons)


Please note the current opening times: Tuesday – Saturday between 10.00am – 3.00pm, closed on Sundays and Mondays. 

Further information:
  • Open: Monday – Saturday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm; Sunday 11.00 am – 5.00 pm
  • Location:  Tullie House, Carlisle
  • Cost: Children under 18 – Free; Adult Annual Ticket – £10.00; Adult Day Visit – £6.50; Group Rate (10+) – £5.00 per person; Student Group Rate (10+) – £4.50 per student. Includes admission to all exhibitions
  • Directions The gallery is close to the town centre and is within walking distance of the rail station and bus route
  • Contact: Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery,  Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP. Tel: 01228 618718; email: