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