Museum of Tibetan Medicine and Library

Tibetan Medicine and Cultural Museums

The Tibetan Medicine Museum of China was established in 2006 as a Tso-Ngon (Qinghai) Tibetan Medicine and Culture Museum. The purpose of the establishment of the museum is to collect, preserve, display, and research the culture of Tibetan Medicine and Tibetan traditional culture overall. During the past four years, the museum has updated its quality and level of status of its field and became two bodies of museums: Tibetan Medicine Museum of China, and Tso-Ngon (Qinghai) Tibetan Cultural Museum. The museum is located in the north district of Siling (Xining) City, and currently became one of the important 4-A level tourist sites in Tso-Ngon Province. This museum is also recognized as a national education base and provincial cultural products model site for tourism. 
 
The museum is located on 200 mus and consists of a 120,000 square meter building. There are eight major exhibition halls, including the Art of Thangka Painting Hall, Tibetan Medicine History Hall, Tibetan Medicine Thangka and External Therapy Tools Hall, Tibetan Medicine Classical Literature Hall, Tibetan Medicine Specimen Hall, Tibetan Astrology/Astronomy Hall, Tibetan Cultural Hall, and Tibetan Calligraphy Hall.
 
Currently, the museum has collected The Tibetan Great Thangka as its main display. The Great Thangka measures 618 meters long and over two meters wide. On The Great Thangka stories are painted of Tibetan history, religion, culture, medicine, arts etc. over a total of 1,500 square meters. The museum has also collected 80 Tibetan Medicine thangkas, 180 kinds of Tibetan Medicine external therapy tools, over 1,000 Tibetan Medicine classical books, and over 3,000 articles of Tibetan medicine samples. In addition, the museum has stored The Great Gyushi book, which is the largest Tibetan book in the world, ranging 2 meters long and 1.2 meters wide and weighing 1.5 tons. There are over 20,000 items in the museum collection.
 
The museum displays Tibetan customs from Amdo, Kham, and U-Tsang along with Tibetan local dwellings/residences, Tibetan handicraft art, Tibetan equine (horse) culture, Tibetan carpets and various styles of Tibetan calligraphy.
 
These displays can provide information about Tibetan history, arts, medicine, culture, and religion. This museum is a basis for teaching for Tibetan medicine students of Tso-Ngon (Qinghai) Tibetan Medical College as well as a venue for educators at all levels to bring students to learn more about Tibetan culture.
 
Five Major and Five Minor Sciences of Tibetan Studies
  • Special emphasis on Tibetan Medicine and Astrology/Astronomy
  • Open to the public
  • Dual use as educational tools for School of Tibetan Medicine
  • Future collection of folk and cultural pieces
  • The Tibetan Medicine Museum will house a large collection of Tibetan artifacts centered on the Five Major and Five Minor Tibetan Studies. The focus of the collection begins with Tibetan Medicine in the form of medicine thangkas, implements, and medicinal specimens. The exhibit will be used for educational purposes to demonstrate the integrative philosophy of Tibetan Medicine, Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, and Astrology/Astronomy to understand the human lifecycle including the nature of human health and healthcare. Tibetan Astrology/Astronomy will be another focus of the collection as it is part of the Tibetan Medicine tradition. In the future, exhibits may include Tibetan Buddhist objects and folk and cultural pieces.