Discover the Treasures of the Shaanxi History Museum Xi’an

If you’re visiting Xi’an and you’re a history buff, there’s one place you’ll want to make time to visit. The Shaanxi History Museum in Xian is a massive modern state museum, one the largest in China. It houses a fabulous, sprawling collection of 370,000 items. You’ll find breath-taking ancient murals, paintings, pottery and coins, plus stunning bronze, gold, and silver objects.

To do this monster museum justice, you would need to spend days here, but you can see the highlights in a couple of hours if you know what you’re looking for.

Getting Tickets

If you’re on a group tour, your tickets will be organised for you. If you’re traveling independently, you’ll need to queue at the ticket office.

You can ONLY buy a ticket for yourself, so if you’re traveling as a couple/group, you’ll each need to join the queue.

Alternatively, groups can book 24 hours in advance between 09:00 and 17:00 by calling the reservations line: 029-85269547. As with most places in China, you’ll need to present your passport when buying your ticket.

How to get there

Bus Info: Board Tourist Bus number 8 (610) from the East square of Xi’an railway station and get off at Cuihua Road Station (find printable instructions here).
Cost: The fare is  CNY7, however this does increase a little during peak periods.
Entrance Fee: CNY 30 for the Exhibition Hall for Treasures of Great Tang Dynasty plus CNY 300 if you want to see the Exhibition Hall for Mural Paintings of Tang Dynasty
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday:
Low  Season – Nov.15 to Mar.14: 09:00 to 17:30 (tickets available before 16:00);
High Season – Mar.15 to Nov.14: 08:30 to 18:00 (tickets available before 16:30);
Closed on Mondays except during hoildays

Famous Terracotta warriors and horses in Xian China

Highlights of The Shaanxi History Museum Xi’an

The main sites to visit in the Shaanxi History Museum are the Kneeling Archer, The Tang Dynasty mural of people Playing Polo and the Fossils of Lantian Man (older than Peking Man!)

Closeup of the kneeling archer in Shaanxi History Museum Xi'an

Closeup of the kneeling archer in Shaanxi History Museum Xi’an

Shaanxi museum Xian

Just a few of the ancient artifacts – with original colouring intact

Buddha, Shaanxi history museum

This fantastically decorated Buddha is enormous!

My favorite part about visiting the Shaanxi museum?

I loved discovering this beautifully decorated three-coloured glazed Bactrian camel with musicians from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).

Xian, Shaanxi History Museum

How could you not fall in love with this ornate camel?

Have you visited this awesome museum? What were your highlights? Do share them in the comments below, as we love to read them.

Coralie ♥

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