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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. Make Shaanxi History Museum a centerpiece of your Xi'an vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Xi'an tour planning site.
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  • An amazing collection of artefacts and relics plus a good overview of Shaanxi's history - the cradle of Chinese history from homo erectus to the Tang dynasty, 1500 years ago. 30 mins by taxi from...  more »
  • This is a must visit venue for history buffs. You will be able to find relics from the numerous dynasties that had their capital in Chang'an (ancient name for Xi’an). The main relics are displayed...  more »
  • The most impressive museum I saw in China, at least regarding China's Imperial period (yes it even out does the National museum on that front in my opinion) Full of beautiful and significant...  more »
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  • This is a great museum that focuses on the region and its role in the history of China over the past ~10000 years. I was amazed by just how important it has been. Very good layout and has a fair amount of English content descriptions. A visit is a great compliment to the much more famous terra cotta soldiers/emperor"s burial sites. Tickets are required and if you are a senior they are free, but a bit complicated to get--several lines and lines may be long. A guide can be useful but seems audio guides only in Chinese.
  • Visiting the museum was one of the original plans in my Xi’an trip. But it was the worst experience. Tourists need to pay money buying tickets to enter most scenery places in Xi’an. But the museum is an exception. You had to line to get free tickets. At the end I didn’t make it, although it was free. The lining situation was awful. The staffs of the museum didn’t make the waiting line clear. Visitors wanted to get free tickets quickly. Some cut in line and didn’t follow rules. Maybe they were not intended to do that. After staying in line about 40 minutes, I felt angry and disappointed then left. It wasted my time. The best way to enjoy the exhibitions in the museum is to make a reservation online in advance.
  • I'm here now... 291118. No queue at ticket counter. Nice cooling weather. Ticket is free but need your passport for the tickets.
  • Well worth visiting. Entry to most of the museum is free but you need to present a passport or ID card. One room required a ticket to be purchased but this needed to be done at the entrance where there was a queue. If I was going again or advising another visitor, I would say pay the fee (¥30) when you enter if you want to see everything.
  • Wonderful reperts of ancient China. Well organized. Splendid location.

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