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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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 21 December 2023
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Wisanee K
3 contributions
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 1 January 2023
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Edward L
Bristol, UK82 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 4 March 2022
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Cassie z
Hong Kong, China24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 6 September 2021
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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 10 April 2021
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Maxim B
Ottawa, Canada851 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 25 December 2020
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Ian Anderson
Shanghai, China158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 20 September 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 5 July 2020
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Second man in Rome
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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 12 April 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 9 January 2020
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