Stilwell Museum in Chongqing

Stilwell Museum

The Stilwell Museum is a museum in Yuzhong District of Chongqing, and occupies an area of 1.2 acres (about 4,800 square meters). It was founded in memory of Joseph W. Stilwell (1883 – 1946), an American general who contributed a great deal to Chinese people. Since the museum opened to the public in 1991, tens of thousands of visitors from home and overseas have been there.

History of Stilwell Museum

In 1942, during the Second World War, General Joseph W. Stilwell acted under orders to come to Chongqing. He worked as Chief of Staff in the China Theater of Operations and as the Commander-in-Chief of the American Army in the China Burma India (CBI) Theater. General Stilwell participated in a series of political and military affairs in the CBI Theatre of World War Ⅱ, and cemented a profound friendship with Chinese people fighting side-by-side in the Anti-Fascist War in China.

In order to commemorate the Stilwell common fight against fascist by China and the United States and made outstanding contributions to the inheritance and development of Sino-US friendship, in October 1991, the Chinese Foreign Friends Study and Chongqing Municipal People’s Government established “Stilwell research center” in Chongqing, and at the same time built “Stilwell Museum” in the former residence of Stilwell.

Main Attractions of Stilwell Museum

The main building of General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum is the former residence of General Joseph W. Stilwell. It is a three-storied house. After the door is the guard room, display with desks, wooden chairs and old telephone that adjutant Yang Mengdong used. Walk on the left is the conference room, military map was hanging on the wall next to a tiny motion-picture machine, the phonograph, and various military materials.

Besides, next to conference room is a small retiring room and living room; on the right is the general Stilwell’s office, bedroom, there is also the most advanced radio, telephone at that time, etc. In front of the gate was Stilwell restaurant, on the dinning table there is still put western-style knife and fork, dishes, etc., the outside of the restaurant is the kitchen and servants rooms of residence.In the residence’s courtyard, a monument stands in the center on which is engraved a passage of epigraph in both English and Chinese. The epigraph was written by Franklin Delano Roosevelt on May 17, 1944. There is a bust of General Joseph W. Stilwell to one side of the monument, which gives visitors a vivid portrait of this great general.

How to get to Stilwell Museum

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Independent Traveler

By Metro
Take metro line 2 and get off at Fotuguan Station.
Take metro line 1 and get off at Eling Station.

By Bus
Take bus line 118, 128, 138, 268, 299, 402, 403, 411, 412, 413, 416, 421, 424, 462, 466, 476, 818, 819, 871, or 873 and get off at Eling Station.
Take bus line 210, 215, 219, 261, 262, 318, 501, 503, 802, or 808 and get off at Liziba Station.

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Edited by Winnie/张赢