Shaanxi History Museum

Shaanxi History Museum, Xi'an: Address, Phone Number, Shaanxi History Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

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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Cassie z
Hong Kong, China3 contributions
Jun 2021
The Shaanxi History Museum mainly presents the history of Shaanxi.  There are many cultural relics in the museum and the docent is very careful.
Written September 6, 2021
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Kyle Ciulla
Beijing, China288 contributions
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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Maxim B
Ottawa, Canada905 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
Very well laid out museum. Reserved our tickets online for 10:45-12:00 entry. This was definitely a good idea. On a weekday morning there were no people in the line up. However, upon exit (around 1pm), line ups were already building.

Halls 1-3 had inscriptions in English. Halls 6-7 had signs only in Chinese. Hall 4 was closed and and hall 5 had a special exhibition of Tang period treasures for which an extra ticket (RMB30) was required - I found it worthwhile.

It is possible to get a personal tour guide on site. Audio guides are also available I didn't try, so don't know if audio guides are available in English.
Written December 25, 2020
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Ian Anderson
Shanghai, China132 contributions
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
1,055 contributions
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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Second man in Rome
2 contributions
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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ceetom1
Chino Hills, CA364 contributions
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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omega123
Singapore, Singapore5,916 contributions
Dec 2019
This is by far the most expensive entrance fee of the attractions that I had visited but worth the cost. Peak season is RMB300/pax while off season is RMB270. The free ticket had to be done in the museum's website using WeChat. Spot issuing of the free ticket was not in operation when I was there.

The most exquisite exhibits are those in the most expensive exhibition room, the Tang Murals. The other areas are the free entry and the RMB50/pax. The RMB300 or 270 allows you to hit all 3 areas in one go.

This place is worth at least a day's of effort to appreciate its displayed exhibits and their high degree of exquisiteness.

As most of the explanation is in Chinese, an English guide is helpful.
Written December 27, 2019
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Rupert S
Singapore, Singapore280 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Absolutely not to be missed. Some of the exhibits are really out of this world. Such is the beauty and rarity of these. And so much rich history behind the reasons for the relics. An experienced guide who takes you through all the important relics is highly recommended
Written December 24, 2019
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LeeYen76
Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia133 contributions
Dec 2019
Best museum. Is free if you book through Shaanxi History Museum ( 陕西历史博物馆)wechat. This wechat is for international phone number too. Need to key in +00 in front of your country code follow by phone number, Then go to booking (预约) , choose your visiting date and entering hour/period, key in your passport number and passport name. One registered wechat phone number can do ticket booking for 5 person max. This wechat booking can be done within 7 days before your visiting date. When you reach the museum, go to counter six with your passport for printing your tickets. The counter receptionist will print the tickets for you.
Written December 17, 2019
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