Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan), Urumqi

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Discover the history, culture, and ethnic diversity of the region at Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan), home to one of the best preserved and oldest mummies in the world--the “Loulan beauty.” The museum boasts 21 naturally mummified remains of men and women, including lovers and generals. Start your visit by examining the large map of Xinjiang in the main hall, then walk down the long corridor displaying rugs and skulls found buried in the desert along the Silk Road route. As you explore the museum, look for the 10,000-year-old fossil of a human head. The museum's collection boasts over 50,000 items that provide an insight into the history and lifestyles of the people of this region, including the 12 local minorities. Among the displays, see traditional clothing, tools, pottery, iron and bronze wares, coins, weapons, and historical writings, as well as replicas of traditional homes. Put Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan) into our Urumqi vacation route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Urumqi.
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  • This was quite a decent museum with many interesting things to see within a comfortable window of 2-3 hours. The main exhibits were with curation in English, which was also well written and informativ...  more »
  • The Xinjiang Regional Museum, was built in 1953, and houses artifacts of the entire autonomous region. In addition, the Museum has numerous exhibits relating to different periods of the history of Eastern Turkestan. It is also a Center for research and education, being visited by thousands of students. The total area of the Museum, together with all buildings, is about 8000 m 2. One of the major collections of the Museum is an exhibition of objects related to the Silk Road. However what the Museum has to more valuable is an exhibition of 10 mummies, called "the dead singers of the Taklimakan desert. These mummies, with approximately of 4000 years old, were found in the last century, near Urumqi. The discovery proved to be extraordinary scientific point of view because, surprisingly, all the bodies belonged to representatives of the European race. Thanks to the dry climate and desert soils, all of the bodies were preserved and found almost intact. The 10 mummies were buried with their mouths open, being designated "the dead singers". These mummies are associated with many conjectures and hypotheses. It is believed that they all belong to the Loulan Kingdom, extinct in the 1st Millennium, and preserved only in ruins in the cities in the desert. The main figure of the collection is the "Princess Loulan"-the mummy of a woman whose facial features are typically European.
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  • The better part of three hours of our day was spent at the Xinjiang Regional Museum in Urumqi recently and it was time well spent for sure. Small but well set up museum, bright and labeled for ease of...  more »

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