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Shaanxi History Museum (Shǎnxī lìshǐ bówùguǎn)

  • 91 Xiaozhai Dong Lu Map It
  • Xian
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/20/2010

Fodor's Review

Although museums in China are often underwhelming, this is a notable exception. The works in this imposing two-story structure, built in 1991, range from crude Paleolithic stone tools to gorgeously sculpted ceramics from the Tang Dynasty. Get close to several terra-cotta warriors on display, taken from the tombs outside town. The exhibits, which have English descriptions, leave no doubt that China once had the world's most advanced culture. The museum is free; a limited number of tickets are handed out in the morning and the afternoon. Arrive early, and bring your ID. To avoid crowds, start at the top floor and work your way down. English audio guides are available, and some local companies provide excellent guides who can tell you backstories about the artifacts and the people and places they belonged to.

Sight Information


91 Xiaozhai Dong Lu, Xian, Shaanxi, 710061, China

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Sight Details:

  • Free (excluding special exhibitions)

Published 01/20/2010


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