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Shaanxi History Museum
Shaanxi History Museum

Shaanxi History Museum

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90 Xiaozhai Donglu, Xian

The Basics

Much of the enormous collection, including early tools and vessels, at the Shaanxi History Museum is the result of archeological digs in the area from a Neolithic village. A collection of Ming Dynasty pottery guard figurines makes a nice contrast to the city’s famed terracotta warriors, while other exhibits include priceless objects in jade, bronze, and ceramics.

Those with an interest in the history of Shaanxi province and its ancient capital can opt for a sightseeing tour that includes entrance to the museum. In half a day, it’s possible to see the museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and with a full day, you can also explore sites such as the Xi'an City Walls, Great Mosque, Bell Tower and Drum Tower, and the Muslim Quarter. Beijing-based travelers can visit the museum (and Xi'an’s other highlights) on a private 2-day tour by air.

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Xi'an Full Day Sightseeing Tour - Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall
Xi'an Full Day Sightseeing Tour - Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall
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$129.00 per adult
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Having taken several of these...
Having taken several of these historical tours, one's experience depends on the tour guide you get. For this particular tour, I got Lily who was very knowledgeable and spoke good English. She seemed to know her history well and gave me a lot of information as we walked through the Shaanxi History Museum...an absolute MUST SEE on any Xian itinerary. Also enjoyed the Wild Goose Pagoda and the fancy Tang Dynasty buffet. I would highly recommend this tour. Just excellent stuff if you enjoy history and good sumptuous food. Thank you, Lily
MITALI S, Sep 2017

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Shaanxi History Museum is a must-visit for history buffs.

  • It’s a good idea to book ahead of time, as only a limited number of free tickets are issued daily.

  • Don’t forget to bring a valid photo ID.

  • Give yourself two to three hours to tour the museum exhibits.

  • English audio guides are available for rent.

  • The museum is wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

To get to the museum, take the Xi'an Metro (Line 2 or 3) to Xiaozhai Station and leave through Exit D. From there, it’s a short walk to the museum entrance. Several public buses also stop at nearby Cuihua Lu bus stop.

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When to Get There

The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays and closed during public holidays. The time period surrounding Chinese national holidays and summer vacation (July and August) can be a bit crowded, as many Chinese families show up with kids in tow. Arrive early before the museum opens.

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Highlights of the Museum Collection

There’s a lot to see in the museum, but a few areas and cultural relics should not be missed. One of the most interesting parts of the permanent collection is the Mural Paintings of the Tang Dynasty, a collection of 600 murals found in 20 Tang Dynasty tombs. Other highlights include four original terracotta warrior statues and several sculpted ceramics from the Tang Dynasty.

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