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Shaanxi History Museum, Xi'an

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One of the largest institutions of its kind in the country, Shaanxi History Museum offers an illuminating glimpse into the past through collections of fossils, bronze artifacts, and ancient artwork gathered from around the region. Explore the museum's exhibit halls, many of which feature architecture reminiscent of Tang Dynasty buildings, to browse more than 350,000 items ranging from golden statues to famed terracotta warriors. You'll find that many of the museum's displays feature information and descriptions in English, which make sightseeing even more pleasant and informative. Keep in mind that the museum only offers a limited number of tickets each day, split between the morning and afternoon sessions. Be sure to check out the museum website for information regarding ticket distribution times, as well as temporary exhibits, group tickets, and special events. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Xi'an holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Shaanxi History Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • I didn't have a good look at what's actually exhibited in the museum as kids are running around, people poking and tapping on the display glasses. Noisy! The people not the museum.  more »
  • A very well curated museum really designed to inform visitors about Shaanxi's long and influential history. Audio tours in several languages are available, and I heard Chinese guides interpreting. Man...  more »
  • Dont visit before the terracotta warriors as there is a display here. History dating back to 600BC. Well laid out with some english signage. Very busy with tour groups.  more »
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  • The key draw, of course, is the abundance of artifacts, but that is hindered by the insanely long lines to get in for free, and the absence of a clear way to buy tickets so that you don't have to wait in line. Furthermore, the long lines translates into massive numbers of people inside so that you can get near many displays without a great deal of patience. Finally, the audio guide is only somewhat useful because the speaker has acceptable, but often incorrect English, the display numbers are sometimes out of any clear order, and the latter displays are completely missing, which is a huge time waster. There is a reasonable food court-style place to eat downstairs, albeit with just the one counter, but there is no cell reception and the wait can of course be long if you get the biǎng biǎng noodles, which aren't very good.
  • A world-class museum with multiple pieces at the national treasure level (highest possible). Hint: an ancient piece with scripts on it is likely to be a national treasure. Must see if you are visiting Xi'an. Free admissions. The museum limits 5000 visitors in the morning and another 5000 in the afternoon. Arrive early to get free tickets. Passport or ID is needed. To get the best of it, hire a tour guide (right past entrance) or rent a guide machine (left past entrance)
  • Great museum to learn the history of China from the beginning to Tong dynasty. However, must visit around off hours or there are too many people
  • This is another must see sight in Xi'an. They have a huge collecting of relics and artefacts from the Tang Dynasty and they are spread out in numbers rooms to allow the guest to walk through time. It should be noted that the best room with the 'royal artefacts' requires you to pay an additional fee but it is not much and its worth seeing. You can get a Chinese (RMB 100) and English (RMB 150) tour guide which is worth doing as they do provide you with a lot more insight.
  • Umbelievable rude and useless staff!! Lots of members doing their own business. Nobody, literally, nobody able to speak an English word!! They kept sending me to the counters to get the ticket but nobody could understand that all the counters were closed!! Moreover, they were laughing with each other speaking in Chinese. I couldn't understand what they said but of course they were saying something about me!! Needless to say, neither the signs nor the panel at the entrance display any information in English. I couldn't wait to learn something from this museum, but after how I was treated they can kindly keep their "history" for themselves!!