Shaanxi History Museum
Shaanxi History Museum
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This history museum, housed in a magnificent Confucian Temple, features more than 370,000 pieces of historical relics mainly from the Zhou to the Tang periods (1100B.C. to 907 A.D.).
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Second man in Rome
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
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 artefacts. I had some difficulty visualising the high culture and life of the Han and Tang periods before visiting this museum but it really helped with that (at least for the affluent) while also showing the cultural diversity of said periods through many of it's interesting and often beautiful artefacts.

It's an absolute must for history lovers however crowds are a major issue. The museum is very popular and it was extremely crowded when we were thier. Our guide told us that this was sadly typical so be prepared to be jostled or have difficulty sticking with anyone your with, probably best to go your own way and meet up with people outside the exhibits. Despite this with my interests this was still my favourite place in Xian and one of my favourite in China and if your a history lover and keep yourself focused on the exhibits you should still have a great time.
Written April 12, 2020
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Edward L
Bristol, UK83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Worth a visit if you are interested in the history of the region. Artefacts are well displayed but it is worth taking a Chinese friend as in common with most Chinese museums the individual items are only labelled in Chinese although each section does have an introductory notice with an English translation.

You will need to book ahead on line and if you are a non-Chinese citizen you need to go to the ticket office on the right of the main square. Remember to take your passport!
Written March 4, 2022
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Ian Anderson
Shanghai, China158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
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 city centre, traffic around the museum very congested. Subway 10 mins walk away. You have to book in advance online - hotel can help you. Officious security at entrance, be patient! Best galleries are 1/2/3. Need at least 2 hours. Plenty of wording in English, so quite foreigner friendly. Passable canteen in basement and quite a few drinks vending machines. Not to be missed if you are staying in Xi'an and have some interest in Chinese history
Written September 20, 2020
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Stephen C
Singapore, Singapore1,125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
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 in exhibitions 1 to 3. Be prepared to set aside two to three hours so that you have sufficient time to read about the relics. The audio guide is also available but it is only in Chinese language. There are also people offering guided tours but for a fee.

Well locals get the visit for free (but limited to 3000 a day). Foreigners can purchase tickets at 30 RMB each. You will however need to book your tickets two days in advance. Else it is likely that the tickets will be sold out by the time of your visit. Remember to bring your passport alone for ticket collection.
Written July 5, 2020
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ceetom1
California482 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visited here in November and glad I did. This museum is fortunate to be located in an area where ancient finds sometimes are discovered at construction sites. Some of them are about 1500 years old. They even have the lantian man skull on display. It dates over a million years old.

For those of you who enjoy historical finds, you will not be disappointed.
Written January 9, 2020
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Chloe Lim
Singapore, Singapore102 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Free tickets are available each day for that day, and two days after. Getting them is a pain for tourists though because of the requirement of a local phone number. Do ask your hotel for help or put the hotel’s phone number down. The museum itself hosts several very impressive artefacts chronicling the long history of Chang An, capital to several dynasties. There were sufficient English translations to help with understanding the artefacts. There’s also an audio guide, which we did not obtain purely because of the crowds thronging the lobby and each galleries. The museum itself was very crowded even during the winter, so do be prepared for that.
Written December 21, 2023
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Wisanee K
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Since Xi'an (and cities in its proximity) had been China's capital for 13 dynasties and probably 4,000 - 5,000 years. This museum exhibits ancient China's history and development very well in good sequence. This place is foreigner-friendly as all items are labelled in both Mandarin and English (as I found this is a rare case in Beijing). It took me almost 3 hours to complete 3 major exhibitions and it was really worthwhile! The place is large and quite clean by the time I visted.
Written January 1, 2023
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Kyle Ciulla
Beijing, China347 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
so many people said to visit, but personally I thought it was an average place. It was really early Chinese history, so the artifacts were mostly cups, bowls, and other early civilization tools. I also traveled alone, and did not have a guide explain the exhibits. they also did not have an English audio recorder to have in my ear.
Written April 10, 2021
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mel7155
Singapore, Singapore1,270 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
This museum is a great activity to take when it is rainy (rare in Xian, or too cold. Generally, the place has 3 exhibition rooms highlighting the evolution of chinese civilisation from the Neolithic period to the Qin Dynasty, Tang Dynasty, Song Dynasty. The pieces are quite well arranged and the lines are pretty orderly. They will give out 4000 tickets free daily. 2000 in the morning when they open at 0830 and finish about 2 hours later and another 2,000 tickets in the afternoon at 2.00p.m and finishes at around 4.00pm. There are long lines to these free tickets but it takes about 20-30minutes to reach the free ticket booth so not an issue. The wait lines do move quite fast at around 15-20 people a minute so it is pretty efficient and there are mist steams in the waiting line to cool people from the heat. The visit will probably take about 2 hours and it is sufficient. So devoting half a day here will suffice. If you feel like you are not a commoner, you can opt o skip the line and pay 20rmb to access the museum but as the mseum is generally quite well attended, similar to the major museums in London, Paris, Rome, Florence, New York and Washington DC, you are really not saving time by not lining up. Would recommend this museum as it is probably the best museum in China since all the artifacts were stolen by the Nationalists in 1949- which explains why there are no Ming and Qing Dynasty pieces as they were taken to Taiwan and are displayed at the Capital museum in Taipei. Still worth a good visit.
Written June 22, 2017
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rantati7
Helsinki, Finland2,381 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
This is well organised museum with equally attractive (but expensive) shop at the exit. If you cannot find those replica pottery figures anywhere else this is the place to get those. Expensive but the quality is also bit better than in some other places.

The entrance ois free of charge - this is the reason for long queues. The free ticket booths are on the left-hand side of the entrance but on the right hand side you have the "special exhibitions" booths with no queues - pay 35 RMB for the Tang Dynasty Treasures and you can enter the museum without queueing. With this ticket you can access the same areas as with the free ticket plus the Treasures exhibition on the grounds floor (down left from the entrance hall).

The star of the exhibits is the small golden deer with huge to its size antlers. This is in upstairs exhibition room.
Written May 25, 2017
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