THE CHEN ART GALLERY

 
 
Welcome to the Chen Art Gallery. The Chen Art Gallery is a non-profit museum that houses one of the most important collections of Chinese art in the United States. Operated by the T.F. Chen Family Foundation the museum showcases the collection of world renowned herbalist and pharmacist Dr. Tei Fu Chen and his family.

Open to the public since 2001, the Chen Art Gallery displays an impressive array of over 1,000 artifacts spanning 5000 years of Chinese history from the earliest Neolithic Era pottery to early 20th Century creations. Permanent exhibition galleries include a sumptuous Qing dynasty imperial throne room, an elegant Ming dynasty bedroom, scholar’s studio treasures, jade carvings, snuff bottles, cloisonné, gilt bronze Buddhist statues, ancient pottery, and several rooms of imperial porcelains. In 2006 a special exhibitions gallery was added to feature exhibitions of delicate silk textiles, traditional scroll paintings, or recent acquisitions. In 2012 three more galleries were added for a total of over 15 exhibition rooms. In 2014 a special exhibition debuted 100 original etchings of the masterwork Vollard Suite by Pablo Picasso.

Currently on view is a new exhibition titled “The Eye of an Art Collector” that fills 4 rooms with various European art that feature Renaissance - 20th century bronzes, luxurious 18th-20th century clocks, decorative eggs by Theo Faberge, the Saltimbanque Suite series by a young Pablo Picasso and the colorful Jazz Series by Henri Matisse.

Located within the world headquarters of Sunrider International in Torrance, California, the museum is free and open to the public. The T.F. Chen Family sincerely hopes that each person who visits the museum can appreciate the beauty, rich history, and amazing achievements of Chinese culture. In this way the Chen Art Gallery aspires to serve as a bridge of cultural understanding and appreciation between East and West.
 
     
 

TOURING THE CHEN ART GALLERY

 
  Address :

1625 Abalone Ave., Torrance, CA 90501
Located inside the headquarters of Sunrider International in downtown Torrance on the NW corner of Carson Street and Abalone near the intersection of Carson Street and Western Avenue. Accessible from the 110 and 405 Freeways.

 
  Parking : Free, unmetered street parking is available on Abalone Avenue  
  Phone number :

(310) 781-3808 during business hours
After hours you may leave a voice mail message at (310) 222-9192 and the museum staff will return your call the following business day.

 
  Visiting Hours :

Tuesday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Closed all major holidays.
(Please watch this website for any notification of brief closures for new exhibition installation which typically occurs during the months of July and August.)

 
  Admission : Free. Please call to schedule your visit.  
  Tours :

All visitors will be led on a tour through several galleries of art by a complimentary tour guide. The tour lasts between 90-120 minutes (1 ½ - 2 hours). Please call ahead to check the tour starting times and schedule your visit.

Please note that there are no benches or chairs inside the galleries so guests are advised to be prepared to stand and walk for the entire tour. Guests are permitted to bring their own canes, walkers, wheelchairs or small portable folding stools if needed.

 
  Tour Sizes : Tour group sizes may range between 1-30 people.  
  Languages : In addition to English, tours are also offered in Chinese.
When making your reservation please specify if you wish the tour to be conducted in Mandarin.
 
       
     
 

TOURING RULES:

 
 
  • Reservations: For staff scheduling purposes, visitors are encouraged to call ahead and make reservations to visit the gallery. For large tours between 10-30 people, it is advised to call a month in advance or earlier. For smaller groups of 3-9 people, it is recommended to call about a week in advance, especially if you are only available on a specific day.
  • Children aged 10 years and under are not allowed.
  • No photography or recording devices of any kind.
  • Cell phones are not allowed inside the galleries.
  • Food, drinks, and backpacks, large bags, and large purses are not allowed.
  • Guests are required to stay with tour guide during entire tour.
  • Permitted: Guests may bring their own wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and small portable folding stools to assist with walking and standing.
 


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