Turpan Museum

Turpan Museum: Hours, Address, Turpan Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Turpan Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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4.5
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irazhar
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia179 contributions
Informative
Jul 2019
Free entrance. Unfortunately you cannot bring in a bag. They provided free locker.
Very informative.
Written October 14, 2019
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Dale R
Stateline, NV318 contributions
Small, Yet Worthwhile
Jun 2019
A great place to stop prior to heading out to see the various silk road sites around Trupan. Gives a great over view as to how the area was vital to the silk road for trading, water and agriculture. The mummies are pretty cool, well presented as to how they were found in their tombs. The fossil room is.... a fossil room.
Written September 14, 2019
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Andrew M
7,144 contributions
Free museum but not crowded
Jul 2019
The Turpan museum is free. You first go through a security check at the gate, then show identification to receive tickets in a nearby office. There are free lockers outside to store any personal items before entry into the museum. The museum is on two floors. The first floor has exhibits on the history of the Turpan Region, which include Han and Tang dynasty displays, but also goes back as far as prehistoric ages. We were most interested in the Silk Road displays which showed the importance of Turpan on the route. There were terracotta figurines, clothing, utensils and weapons on display. Our favourite displays were the dinosaur exhibits and the sculptures of "protecting" creatures found at ancient graveyards.

On the second floor, the mummies are the main attraction. We were particularly interested in the tattoos displayed on the hands of the mummies. The mummies seemed to have been taken from the Astana and Yanghai cemeteries. We enjoyed viewing the mummy displays here, as we had been rushed in Urumqi at the Regional Museum due to the crowds. There were very few persons here, so we were able to slowly walk through the exhibits. There was also a display of a burial urn used by the Sogdians, who practiced Zoroastrianism.

We exited the museum through a well stocked gift shop. The exit actually leads to the rear of the museum in the parking lot, which we thought was quite strange. There are a few uighur reliefs in white on the external walls of the museum that you would probably have missed had you exited at the entrance area. The museum is in the central area of town on Laocheng East Road, and can be easily reached by walking, bus or taxi. Other nearby attractions include Shenhong Square, Qingnian Road Pedestrian Street and Tourism Cultural Square.
Written August 25, 2019
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Love to Travel
Potters Bar, UK720 contributions
Good free museum
Jul 2019 • Couples
Nice little museum with free entry (you still need to get a ticket at the gate) bring passports, we had to show ours 3 times in 5 minutes.
There are 3 main displays, the history of the area, a section on natural history with various skeletons and the 3rd section on mummies.
All the exhibits have information in English.
A nice stop to cool off.
Written July 8, 2019
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pichis83
Suzhou, China171 contributions
Excellent museum
Jul 2019 • Couples
Free entry. Very informative. Several mummies from excavated tombs, fascinating. Puts the area in context, learnt a lot about the history, English captions. More info available here than at tourist sites. Shops on ground floor good for small souvenirs at low prices. Well worth a visit.
Written July 2, 2019
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WendyA
10 contributions
Nice break from the heat!
May 2019 • Friends
If you are visiting Turpan during the warm/hot months, visiting the museum is a wonderful break from the heat. Great exhibits on the history of the XinJiang area. The museum also has a wonderful gift shop, especially if you are wanting to buy some postcards, which can be hard to find in XinJiang. Make sure to take a walk through the park afterwards and stop at the Herembeg Uighur restaurant for lunch or supper either before or after your trip to the museum. Bring water.
Written May 12, 2019
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Mary T
Buenos Aires, Argentina2,708 contributions
Lots of mummies and an impressive dinosaur section
Apr 2019 • Couples
Those were our favorite sights at this very nicely done museum that holds only items found in the Turpan district. The reproduction of the Cave of the Thousand Buddhas with all the paintings is awesome too. There are also several maps with light displays that illustrate the reach of the karez irrigation system, the Silk Roads by land and sea, and other interesting aspects. There are 3 floors and you enter from a long exterior staircase case to the second. We went up to the third from there and worked our way down. Handicapped access is available. Photography is permitted in most rooms. You will need to show your passport to get in.
Written April 25, 2019
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Tan_WeeKee
Singapore, Singapore203 contributions
Interesting Museum with a fossil found in Turpan. Free to visit.
Oct 2018 • Couples
This is not part of our itinerary, but we were here because the guides need to go for their lunch.

We thought it will not impressive, but to our surprise they have something special. There is fossil found in Turpan itself, and some local "mummies".

We thought it is worth to visit. Just need to register in an office near the guard and they will issue a voucher to enter.
Written October 21, 2018
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Mister230972
Barcelona, Spain100 contributions
Great
Oct 2018
The museum was a real surprise. It is absolutely free so my expectations were not high but I must say this museum was very interesting. I actually suggest that you visit first all attractions in the city and do the museum last as it all relates together. In most tourist sites you don’t find artifacts anymore as they are all in the museum. So it’s nice to relate to the items after you visited the sites.
Written October 9, 2018
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Lankylee
Lake Macquarie, Australia958 contributions
Small
Aug 2018 • Friends
This museum is free. It is also small but the exhibits are well done. Bottom was a large souvenir shop. Other sections include dinosaurs, burials and manuscripts. Many doors were closed. Eventually, exhibits may be double in size of present. Cleanliness, good air conditioning and modern building compensate for small number of exhibits.
Written August 19, 2018
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