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  • Address: 90 Xiaozhai Donglu, Xian, China
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Shaanxi History Museum Tours

Xi'an is of inestimable significance in the history of China, having long been a cultural powerhouse and capital of numerous dynasties. The Shaanxi History Museum, a modern building echoing classic Tang Dynasty architecture, offers a time-traveling tour of the city and its surrounding province.
 
The Basics
Much of the enormous collection, including early tools and vessels, at the Shaanxi History Museum is the result of archeological digs in the area from a Neolithic village. A collection of Ming Dynasty pottery guard figurines makes a nice contrast to the city’s famed terracotta warriors, while other exhibits include priceless objects in jade, bronze, and ceramics.
 
Those with an interest in the history of Shaanxi province and its ancient capital can opt for a sightseeing tour that includes entrance to the museum. In half a day, it’s possible to see the museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and with a full day, you can also explore sites such as the Xi'an City Walls, Great Mosque, Bell Tower and Drum Tower, and the Muslim Quarter. Beijing-based travelers can visit the museum (and Xi'an’s other highlights) on a private 2-day tour by air.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Shaanxi History Museum is a must-visit for history buffs.
  • It’s a good idea to book ahead of time, as only a limited number of free tickets are issued daily.
  • Don’t forget to bring a valid photo ID.
  • Give yourself two to three hours to tour the museum exhibits.
  • English audio guides are available for rent.
  • The museum is wheelchair accessible.
 
How to Get There
To get to the museum, take the Xi'an Metro (Line 2 or 3) to Xiaozhai Station and leave through Exit D. From there, it’s a short walk to the museum entrance. Several public buses also stop at nearby Cuihua Lu bus stop.
 
When to Get There
The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays and closed during public holidays. The time period surrounding Chinese national holidays and summer vacation (July and August) can be a bit crowded, as many Chinese families show up with kids in tow. Arrive early before the museum opens.
 
Highlights of the Museum Collection
There’s a lot to see in the museum, but a few areas and cultural relics should not be missed. One of the most interesting parts of the permanent collection is the Mural Paintings of the Tang Dynasty, a collection of 600 murals found in 20 Tang Dynasty tombs. Other highlights include four original terracotta warrior statues and several sculpted ceramics from the Tang Dynasty.

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Classic Xi'an City Bus Tour, Xian, null
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Classic Xi'an City Bus Tour

Whether you are a first-time visitor or an experienced traveler in China, Xi'an is always a must-visit destination known for history. Classic Xi'an City Bus ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00
Xi'an Private Tour: Great Mosque and Ancient City Wall at South Gate, Xian, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Xi'an Private Tour: Great Mosque and Ancient City Wall at South Gate

This private tour allows you to see most of the important attractions in Xian City. Shaanxi History Museum will introduce you to basic facts of Chinese ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Private 2-Day Xian Tour with Hotel from Beijing by Flight, Beijing, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private 2-Day Xian Tour with Hotel from Beijing by Flight

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The 2 days Xian tour with hotel from Beijing by flight ensures tourists a leisurely Xi’an trip. The tour packages includes visit to Terracotta Warriors and ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $653.00
Half Day Private City Tour of Historical Xian, Xian, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half Day Private City Tour of Historical Xian

This tour is suitable for extending your stay in Xi’an with a half day. It covers one of the most distinguished history museum in China - Shaanxi History ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Xi'an Architectural Wonders Private Day Tour, Xian, Day Trips
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Xi'an Architectural Wonders Private Day Tour

This private day tour of architectural wonders of Xi'an will take you to see fascinating Great Mosque, Little Goose Pagoda, the Bell and the Drum Towers and ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.00
Xi'an Half-Day Private Cultural Tour of Shaanxi History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, ... 
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Xi'an Half-Day Private Cultural Tour of Shaanxi History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda

In addition to the world famous Terracotta Warriors and Xi’an landmark ancient City Wall, there are many more attractions for you to see in Xi’an. Spend a half ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.50
Small Group Day Tour of Xi'an City Highlights, Xian, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Small Group Day Tour of Xi'an City Highlights

Join in the small group to visit Xi’an city highlights with travelers from all over the world. On this guided tour, you will follow your professional tour ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.00
Half-Day Private City Tour of Shaanxi History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, Day Trips
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Half-Day Private City Tour of Shaanxi History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Extend your stay in Xi’an with a half-day private tour in this ancient city with a professional tour guide. Visit one of the most distinguished history museum ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.00
Xi'an Hanyangling, Shaanxi Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter Private Tour, Xian, ... 
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Xi'an Hanyangling, Shaanxi Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter Private Tour

Spend a day to visit the majestic at Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling), Shaanxi History Museum and enjoy a local lunch at Muslim street. In the of the day, ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.00
Xian Tour with City Wall, Xian Museum, and Muslim Quarter, Xian, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Xian Tour with City Wall, Xian Museum, and Muslim Quarter

Explore the history-rich city of Xian and discover why it attracted people of all walks of the world, from emperors and warriors, to poets and monks. Through ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00

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