Covering an area of 3,400 sq.m. (36,600 sq. ft.), Hetian Museum is located in Hetian City, Xinjiang. It was established in 1979 and was just a small exhibition room formed by collecting the cultural relics of each county and storing them there in 1981.
At present, the Museum has stored 9,499 pieces of exhibits and about 600 books, among which 545 pieces are ranked as precious national cultural relics.
The construction of the museum is funded by a Japanese man named Xiaodaokangyu who sponsored 100 million RMB to build it.
The Museum opened to the tourist from home and abroad on 29th, Oct in 2005. It currently includes two large exhibition halls, six small exhibition halls, one underground storage for cultural relics and one academic research and exchange center.
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What attracts the tourists most is the jade monkey and copper Buddha from Tang Dynasty, the unique coins with a horse or a camel figure on them, and the brocades from Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220). Therefore, Hetian Museum is regarded as a window to ancient civilization and is closely related to Silk Road.
The Museum opens from 10:00-13:00, 16:30-19:30 during peak season while in low season it opens from 10:30-13:30, 16:00-19:00. The entrance fee is 20 RMB /person.