Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan)

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Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan)

Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan)
4.5
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia63,922 contributions
Massive collection of over 50,000 local artifacts
Jul 2020
Informative history and ethnic diversity 12 minority groups. Human remains on display of a person who lived in the region over 10,000 years ago, and the mummified remains of men and women. Some where past generals, and one couple were believed to be lovers.
Written July 4, 2020
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AZCasualTraveler
Mesa, AZ1,794 contributions
Excellent Xinjiang Museum
Oct 2019
The Xinjiang Museum is both modern and large, and it has many items of interest on display - all kinds of items from the past and from different cultures that had lived in the area. What I really like in the museum are the many life-like statues that depict the dress and activities from the area. These statures appear to be very realistic, and they really give a sense of what people look and do in the areas surrounding Urumqi - very nice!
This Museum is a very nice, worthwhile place to visit.
Written January 28, 2020
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JoeyPBrenner
Edinburgh, UK60 contributions
Interesting primer for the region (and free!)
Oct 2019 • Couples
Lots of interesting ancient artifacts from the region including mummies. Although only some of the texts have English it is still a useful introduction to the history of the area.
Toilets are gross (standard) but the museum is free which is fantastic.
Written October 28, 2019
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Nalee V
Sydney, Australia39 contributions
An interesting account of Xinjiang Culture
Oct 2019 • Family
Great place to spend a few hours to learn about the history of xInjiang and the various influences that it has had from trade along the Silk Road. There are English (Chinglish) translations alongside the displays so it is quite informative. Altogether a very well curated museum and well worth a visit!
Written October 9, 2019
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Paul C
Alameda, CA6 contributions
Xinjiang Regional Museum is a Good Start to Understand the Region
Sep 2019
The museum offers much history with English captions to give understanding to the dynamics of trade, both east and west that benefited both the east and the west. The mummies are fascinating to see as well as seeing the diversity of people in the region. Exhibits give a good picture of migration of people’s, cultures, and religions.
Written September 29, 2019
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Andrew M
7,144 contributions
Good museum but crowded
Jul 2019
We visited this museum by taking a taxi and arriving at 9:30am. Many buses stop at outside the museum, including 7,51,52 ,906 , 910, 912 and 928. The museum opens at 10:00am, but there was already a long line at 9:30am. The museum is free but has a limit of 2,000 visitors a day, so I would advise that you arrive early to avoid long lines or risk being disappointed at not gaining entry. There is a quick security check, and then you may enter the museum. Free english audio guides are available to the right, but the line was too long, so we decided to continue to the exhibits.

The exhibits are on two floors. There were at least five big tour groups which made viewing the exhibits really difficult, as there were long waits to get a glimpse of the best areas. The first exhibit downstairs is the display of Xinjiang Nationality customs. This area had mannequins displaying clothing, dance, gers and wrestling. Other displays of musical instruments, vases, copper/metal containers, weapons, items of daily use and clay/stone carvings. The hall to the right is the Historical Relics exhibition. Displays included "man" stones, pottery, masks and sculptures. We enjoyed the recreated tomb with buddhist decorations. There were quite a few terracotta figurines.

The second floor has the most popular displays, including the Mummies from the Turpan area. There were many mannequins that again exhibited activities of local life of that era. The main features are the mummies, some of which were removed from the Astana cemetery in Turpan, which we visited the previous day. We thought that the displays were very good, but preferred the Turpan museum where it was less crowded and we had more time to view the exhibits. The last hall had displays of clothing and costumes worn through the years in the Xinjiang Region.

We thought that it was a good museum, but spent an hour and were glad to be outside away from the crowds. If you are interested in mummies, I would suggest that the Turpan museum is also visited. A nearby attraction is the Geology Museum, which is a short walk north east. There are a few fast food restaurants opposite the museum, but care should be taken when crossing the road, as this is a very busy area.
Written August 24, 2019
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dave_hempenstall1
Beijing220 contributions
Interesting museum
Jul 2019 • Solo
Nice free museum, some very good exhibits of Stone Age to Iron Age, excellent mummies on display and some nice cultural stuff. Worth a visit.
Written July 7, 2019
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lovetoootravel
Melbourne, Australia248 contributions
Lots to see
Jun 2019 • Couples
An excellent museum showcasing the ethnic and minority groups that live in Xinjiang province. All figures were very life like.
Another room had an extensive display of mummies
Written June 29, 2019
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TanSuoTravel
London, UK264 contributions
Witness the 3,000-Year-Old Tarim Mummies
Jun 2018 • Friends
While we normally don't visit museums when we are traveling in China, we made a special exception for the Xinjiang Regional Museum in Ürümqi because of its exhibition on the Tarim Mummies. We didn't expect that this lesser-known museum would have so much more to offer! Not to mention that, as one of China's national museums, entry is free.

The Tarim Mummies have been preserved beautifully and are fully encased in glass, meaning you can get very close in order to examine certain details, such as the tattoo marks on their faces. It is unbelievable to think that these are the remains of human beings that lived over 3,800 years ago! Most of them still have their original hair and one in particular is sporting a beard. They are by far the best preserved human remains we've ever seen in a museum and getting up close to them was a truly humbling experience.

However, we were surprised to find that the mummies weren't the only fascinating exhibit on offer at the Xinjiang Regional Museum! There's an entire exhibition dedicated to the different ethnic minorities that live in Xinjiang. Alongside the Han ethnic majority, the Chinese government officially recognises 55 ethnic minority groups, of which over 10 can be found in Xinjiang.

The exhibit itself is made up of a series of tableaus, where lifelike wax models have been garbed in the traditional dress of their respective ethnic minority and posed in culturally relevant scenes. For example, the Mongolian ethnic minority are featured next to a yurt, while the Kazakh man is pictured with a hunting eagle on his shoulder. It really brings the culture and traditional dress of these ethnic minorities to life!

Alongside the wax figures, there are glass exhibits featuring gorgeous authentic clothing from each ethnic minority, as well as other items such as traditional furnishings, musical instruments, and embroidery.

If you happen to be in Ürümqi, we would definitely recommend sparing an afternoon for a trip to the Xinjiang Regional Museum!
Written May 14, 2019
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Andrew G
London, UK151 contributions
Amazing tonkha
May 2019 • Couples
Take 400 artists for four years and create a tonkha 680. Metres!!!! Long with the history and religion of Tibet.
Extraordinary workmanship.
Alas no photos and no books with photos yet.
Really worth a detour
Written May 2, 2019
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