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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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  • Free Entrance but you will need a ticket. Ticket queues are very very long though it moves quickly. When approaching the queue, just take the lane nearest the museum fence. Seniors can jump straight t...  more »
  • It was really just a bit "perplexing" to me why there were "so so many" people at this museum (really a lot more than at the National Museum in Beijing!); yes there's a "terracotta set" with some huma...  more »
  • Because this is a must go for visitors, not much I need to say, but remember to bring your ID with you because this place strangely requires every visitor to have an ID  more »
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  • Nice modern museum. Too bad I arrived late so could only see 4 halls. Opening hours are not correct. Officially (mentioned on the ticket) open from 830 till 1800 from March till November but it was already closed at 5pm and entry only allowed until 4pm.
  • Crowded, very crowded even in a low season. It packs more people than British Museum in a single business day. Don't queues for the free tickets, there's no queues if you pay RMB30 for a ticket which also gives you access to paid sections in the museum.
  • It contains thousands of precious historical remains and objects. A really good way to understand Chinese history, at least a part of it.
  • Nice museum. Contains details about Chinese history from bronze age
  • ummm, personally i see the items here to be a replicaa of some other museums in china. nothing new i think

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