Museum of the Salt Industry is the only museum in China relating the history of the vitally-important salt industry in ancient times. On display are salt processing techniques, drilling equipment, and evidence of the advanced level of salt mining in Sichuan during ancient times.
Zigong Salt History Museum, previously called Xiqing Guild, was jointly invested by the Shanxi businessmen and built in 1736. Its artful and magnificent architecture is not only a masterpiece of the ancient building but also an invaluable cultural relic in the development of salt history. Therefore, it was put in the list of national preservation places in China. It displays the outstanding achievement in the salt history. In the museum, the visitors easily get the access to the only existing complete ancient churn drilling facilities. With the help of the modern science and technology, the museum vividly displays a great deal of valuable cultural relics, real objects and other historic pictures on salt history. Its significantly scientific and artistic value has made the salt history museum famous in China and around the world as well.
With the development of opening-up and the museum itself, the salt history museum has been becoming a cultural tour resort, which displays the salt culture, architectural arts of Xiqing Guild and Wangye Temple. It hosts a variety of exhibitions and entertaining activities yearly. In recent years, the museum hosted lots of exhibitions and accepted up to a million people-times. So the Salt History Museum has become a window to display the city’s history and culture to the outside.