Shaanxi History Museum
Situated on Xiaozhai East Road on the northwest side of Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, the Shaanxi History Museum is the first modern national museum. It was built in 1983 and opened to the public in 1991. Shaanxi History Museum covers 65,000 square meters (16 acres), of which 11,000 square meters (207 acres) belong to the exhibition halls and 8,000 square meters (about 2 acres) are used as warehouses for storing relics. Now 370,000 exhibits in the museum vividly show the history of over a million years from prehistoric times (1,150,000 years ago - 21st Century BC) to about 1840 AD.
The grand buildings of Shaanxi History Museum imitate the architectural style of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) with a two-storied central hall and four worship halls around it. The predominant colors of the halls are black, white and grey, which give the halls an atmosphere of solemnity and rustic charm.
|Bronze Mirror of Tang Dynasty|
The exhibition halls of Shaanxi History Museum are generally divided into four main groups; the Preface Hall, the permanent exhibition halls, the temporary exhibition halls, and an exhibition hall for Tang Mural Paintings. Once you enter the central hall, you will be in the Preface Hall, where stands a replica of a stone lion from the Shunling Tomb of the Tang Dynasty and a huge picture of a loess plateau and the Yellow River. Behind the picture you will find the permanent exhibition halls.
Permanent Exhibition Halls in Shaanxi History Museum shows the Shaanxi's culture in the timeline in three exhibition halls seperately.
1F - No.1 Exhibition Hall
2F - No.2 Exhibition Hall
|Golden Bowl with Lotus Patterns|
2F - No.3 Exhibition Hall
West Side of B1 - Treasures of Great Tang Dynasty
East Side of B1 - Exhibition Hall for Mural Paintings of Tang Dynasty
|Mural of Tang Dynasty|
Exhibition Hall of Tang Murals & Stone Coffins
How to get to Shaanxi History Museum
Take Bus No. 5, 19, 24, 30, 34, 271, 400, 401, 521, 527, or You 8 (610) and get off at Cuihua Lu (Cuihua Road) bus stop.
Take Metro Line 2 or Line 3 to Xiaozhai Station, and exit from Exit D. Then, walk east along East Xiaozhai Road around 800 meters (0.5 miles) to get there.
Take Metro Line 3 to Dayanta Station. And then walk west along East Xiaozhai Road for about 800 meters to reach.
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|Entrance Fee||The museum issues 6,000 free ticket a day. (3,000 tickets in the morning and 3,000 tickets in the afternoon). |
1. An individual tourist can get only one ticket for himself / herself at the ticket office by the valid certification (such as ID card or passport). Group tours should be booked 24 hours in advance between 09:00 and 17:00.
Reservation Tel: 029-85269547
2. CNY 30 for the Exhibition Hall for Treasures of Great Tang Dynasty
3. CNY 300 for the Exhibition Hall for Mural Paintings of Tang Dynasty
|Opening Hours||Tuesday-Sunday: |
Nov.15 to Mar.14: 09:00 to 17:30 (tickets available before 16:00);
Mar.15 to Nov.14: 08:30 to 18:00 (tickets available before 16:30);
Closed on Mondays except during hoildays
Time for a Visit
|2-3 hours |
Tip: Tourists are suggested to avoid visiting the museum in July and August because of the crowdedness. Chinese summer vacation is from July to August so that many parents bring their children to travel during this period.
|Audio Guide Device||Deposit: CNY 100; Rent: CNY 30|
Further Reading: Xi'an History
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Qujiang Ocean Park
Qujiang Pool Park
Cool Cave Heritage Park
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