Turpan Museum
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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Lorah Z
Chaweng, Thailand137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
The museum is divided into three main sections - Culture & History, Dinosaurs & Mummies. All of them are not very large but very impressive with artefacts extremely well preserved due to the favourable weather in the region. Surprisingly, entrance is free unlike everything else in China. I have been told this museum is probably the second best in Xinjiang (first being the one in Urumqi). It's well worth the visit.
Written April 13, 2018
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mitraveler16
Seattle, WA96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
We spent over an hour at this excellent museum. Unlike most sites in Xinjiang and China, in general, the English explanations were clear and grammatically correct.

Others have already raved about the amazing mummy collection, but the most surprising item to us was a 1500 year old dumping and some extremely aged cheese.

And it's free--a pleasant surprise.

Written October 18, 2017
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TOsunnyfirst
Toronto, Canada493 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Though the mummy hall was under renovation and I was thus very disappointed, it was still quite an educational visit in 2 hours. There is so much information about the two ruins, Jiaohe (Yar City) and Gaochang (Qocho City), that was way more than at the ruins themselves, so I also recommend learning about them at the museum first before visiting the actual ruins, just to enhance your onsite experience. We also learned more about different animals living in he area from 20 some millions years ago. It was pretty cool!
Written July 12, 2017
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psychokat
Melbourne, Australia75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The museum has a great collection of mummies from various cemeteries in the area. The oldest finding of 3000 years old hands having maintained the tattooed skin as well as a much more recent mummy with the eye cornea still visible are mindbogling. Certainly a worthwhile museum alongside those of xinjiang and xian. Dont forget your passport!
Written May 12, 2014
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YTzebra
Miaoli, Taiwan69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Solo
It's a really nice museum with so many things to see.
You'll have basic knowledge of the histories of Turpan after visiting.
Most of all,it's for free and you don't even have to hire a guide because almost every sign and notes are with English and Chinese.
Just a tip,you have to go to the reception for registration,then go to the luggage room for storage.
Remember to bring your passport and the ticket you get from the reception.When you get in,the guards will check both of them.
Photoing is allowed in some parts of the exhibition.
Written September 14, 2013
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Dale R
Stateline, NV329 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
7,280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Tan_WeeKee
Singapore, Singapore206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia1,128 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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