Shaanxi History Museum

 

Shaanxi History Museum is one of the largest musuems in China. It is world famous because of its more than 370,000 items ranging from frescos, paintings, pottery, ancient coins, to bronze, gold, and silver objects.

We recommend you spend half a day to scan all the exhibitions in Shaanxi History Museum. However, it takes more time for travelers to have an in depth understanding of the ancient history of China by visiting here.

With its rich collection of cultural relics, it is deemed as an ancient palace of art which showcases the history and culture of Shaanxi Province as well as the ancient civilization of China.

The museum is located in the capital city of Shaanxi province, Xi'an, nearby Terracotta WarriorsGiant Wild Goose Pagoda and other top attractions in Xi'an. It was built in 1983 and open to the public on 20 June,1991.

Shaanxi has been the capital city of more than thirteen feudal dynasties in ancient China including Zhou, Qin, Han, and Tang Dynasties. Therefore, this province is endowed with rich cultural relics.

Major typical exhibits include:

  • Over 3,900 bronze wares including sacrificial vessels, musical instruments, weapons, living articles and production implements.
  • Over 1,000 sq.m of Funerary frescos from Tang Dynasty.
  • Over 2,000 pottery figurines from past dynasties like Qin, Han, Tang, Yuan, Ming and Qing.
  • Over 5,000 pottery wares including the most famous tri-coloured glazed pottery of the Tang Dynasty and the caldron wares of Song Dynasty.
  • Over 1,000 building materials of various kinds left from successive dynasties
  • Over 800 copper mirrors with intricate exquisite patterns of Han and Tang Dynasties.
  • Over 2,000 pieces of gold, silver and jade objects from the Western Zhou and Han Dynasties and the Spring and Autumn Period.

In addition, there are over 10,000 registered ancient coins with different sizes and shapes along with the unregistered 50,000 ones.

Shaanxi History Museum opens free to the public from Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00-17:30 in winter, 8:30-18:00 in summer. If you want to visit it, bring your valid certificates like your ID card and get one of those 4,000 admission tickets (2,500 in the morning; 1,500 in the afternoon) distributed freely by the museum.

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