Shaanxi History Museum

Shaanxi History Museum information

Xī'ān , China
Street 91 Xiaozhai Donglu
Opening hours
8.30am-6pm Tue-Sun Apr-Oct, last admission 4.30pm, 9.30am-5pm Tue-Sun Nov-Mar, last admission 4pm
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Lonely Planet review

Shaanxi’s museum is often touted as one of China’s best, but if you come after visiting some of Xī’ān’s surrounding sights you may feel you’re not seeing much that is new. Nevertheless, the museum makes for a comprehensive and illuminating stroll through ancient Cháng’ān, and most exhibits include labels and explanations in English.

Look out for the four original terracotta warrior statues on the ground floor. In the Sui and Tang section there are unique murals depicting a polo match; and a series of painted pottery figurines with elaborate hairstyles and dress, including several bearded foreigners, musicians and braying camels.

The number of visitors is limited to 4000 a day (2500 tickets are distributed in the morning starting at 8.30am and another 1500 in the afternoon starting at 1.30pm), so get here early and expect to queue for at least 30 minutes. Make sure you bring your passport to claim your free ticket. Take bus 610 from the Bell Tower or bus 701 from the South Gate.