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Shaanxi History Museum, Xi'an

4.3
#2 of 29 in Museums in Xi'an
One of the largest institutions of its kind in the country, Shaanxi History Museum offers an illuminating glimpse into the past through collections of fossils, bronze artifacts, and ancient artwork gathered from around the region. Explore the museum's exhibit halls, many of which feature architecture reminiscent of Tang Dynasty buildings, to browse more than 350,000 items ranging from golden statues to famed terracotta warriors. You'll find that many of the museum's displays feature information and descriptions in English, which make sightseeing even more pleasant and informative. Keep in mind that the museum only offers a limited number of tickets each day, split between the morning and afternoon sessions. Be sure to check out the museum website for information regarding ticket distribution times, as well as temporary exhibits, group tickets, and special events. Make Shaanxi History Museum a centerpiece of your Xi'an vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Xi'an tour planning site.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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.....  more »
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  • This is a great museum that focuses on the region and its role in the history of China over the past ~10000 years. I was amazed by just how important it has been. Very good layout and has a fair amount of English content descriptions. A visit is a great compliment to the much more famous terra cotta soldiers/emperor"s burial sites. Tickets are required and if you are a senior they are free, but a bit complicated to get--several lines and lines may be long. A guide can be useful but seems audio guides only in Chinese.
  • Visiting the museum was one of the original plans in my Xi’an trip. But it was the worst experience. Tourists need to pay money buying tickets to enter most scenery places in Xi’an. But the museum is an exception. You had to line to get free tickets. At the end I didn’t make it, although it was free. The lining situation was awful. The staffs of the museum didn’t make the waiting line clear. Visitors wanted to get free tickets quickly. Some cut in line and didn’t follow rules. Maybe they were not intended to do that. After staying in line about 40 minutes, I felt angry and disappointed then left. It wasted my time. The best way to enjoy the exhibitions in the museum is to make a reservation online in advance.
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