Shaanxi History Museum, known as “ancient capital pearl, Chinese treasure house”, is an artistic hall which displays Shaanxi history, culture and Chinese ancient civilization.
The museum covers and area of 65000 square meters. It was opened to the public in 1991. It was the first large modern museum in China. There are over 370 thousand antiques in the museum. The history of the antiques ranges from over one million years ago to the year of 1840. There are several exhibition halls in the museum. There are exhibition halls of Qin Dynasty, Han Dynasty and Tang Dynasty. They represent the most glorious history of Xi’an.
Basic Exhibition Hall
This hall focuses on the pre-history times of Shaanxi and cultural relics and remains from the dynasties of the Zhou, the Qin, the Han and the Tang. The hall includes the Preface Hall, the Shaanxi local history exhibition hall, and the central hall. The exhibition is divided into seven parts of the stone age, the dynasties of the Zhou, the Qin, the Han, the Wei, the Jin, the South and North Dynasty, the Sui, the Tang, the Song, the Yuan, the Ming and the Qing.
East Exhibition Hall
This hall mainly holds temporary exhibitions from home and abroad. The hall has held several exhibitions including ‘The Zhaoling Mausoleum’s Fine Cultural Relics Exhibition’, ‘The Tang Dynasty’s Tomb Real Murals Exhibition’, ‘Grand Exhibition of Gold and Silver Vessels from the Tang Dynasty’, ‘Exhibition of Costumes of Women in the Tang Dynasty’, ‘Exhibition of Cultural Relics of Empress Wu Zetian and Women in the Tang dynasty’ etc.
Theme Exhibition Hall
This hall is 2,500 square meters in size and it is mainly for holding various types of theme exhibitions with a focus on Shaanxi local cultural characteristics. Many exhibitions such as ‘Shaanxi Fine Bronze Objects Exhibition’ and ‘Many Dynasties’ Fine Terra-cotta Figures Exhibition’ etc. have been held here.
A science and technology center has been built for the preservation of relics. Language is not a barrier, because the computer-controlled, international symposium hall provides spontaneous interpretation into six different languages.
9:00-17:00 Every Tuesday to Sunday ( The museum is closed every Monday)