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Shaanxi History Museum is located on Yan Ta Road in Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province. It was officially opened to public in the year 1991. Shaanxi History Museum is among the first-class museums in China both from inside equipment and items on display. Its establishment is the last wish of Premier Zhou.
Shaanxi Province is the birthplace of the ancient Chinese civilazation with the capital Xi'an, which had lasted 1100 years as the capital city in thirteen dynasties. Xi'an was all alone be put in the position as the central stage of Chinese history, so that there are abundant cultural relics both underground and overground. Besides, only emperor mausoleums have numbered up to more than 70.
The museum's architectural buildings, internal appearance and displays have made it well known in China, a good choice for traveling.
Located in the southern outskirt of Xi'an City, northwest of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Shaanxi History Museum occupies an area of 65.000 square meters. It is recognized as a magnificent construction with typical Tang Dynasty architecture style.
A predominant pavilion right be placed in the center with several secondary pavilions orderly distributed around it. It is a place fulfilled with serious and solemn atmosphere due to the simplex colors of black, white and grey. Totally speaking, there are more than 370,000 exhibits from different times and of various kinds. They are the cream of cultural relics selected from among the hundreds of thousands of cultural relics, the majority of which are worldly treasures.
The only two-stored museum actually consists of three major exhibition halls.
Basal Exhibition Hall
Of all the exhibition sections, they are displayed in time order. The Basal Exhibition Hall is composed of the seven sections from the prehistoric period, about 1.7 million years ago to Qing Dynasty. In details, the first three sections mark the time to 206 BC of Qin Dynasty where the ape man, the pottery, bronze sacrificial vessels, weapons and terracotta figures are on display. A general view of the historical process from 206 BC to 589 AD of the Northern and Southern Dynasties will be gained from the following two sections on the second floor. The significant Chinese invention-papermaking and some important events are portrayed on the scrolling painting. The last sections lasted more than 1,000 years of six dynasties. The typical model of the main Chang'an City of the Sui and Tang, silver and gold utensils, pottery figures and high-level china are waiting to appreciate.
Theme Exhibition Hall
Theme Exhibition Hall covers an area of 2,500 square meters to the west side of the Basal Exhibition Hall. Th eitems on display here are all possess specific motifs, that means each of them shows the history or the cultural relics of Shaanxi Province in a idiographic point. For instance: the "Shaanxi Pottery Figure Exhibition", the "Buddhist Culture Relic Exhibition" and "Shanxi Bronze Ware Exhibition". A fresco hall is under construction, in which visitors will be able to enjoy the frescos unearthed from the mausoleums of the Tang Dynasty and explore the social condition then.
Contemporary Exhibition Hall
With the Basal Exhibition Hall as a center, the Contemporary Hall lies on the antimere position of the Theme Exhibition Hall of the east side. It is a hall that keeping on conducted, the frescos, the culture relics, the folkways, the fine arts and the calligraphy are surely enjoyable by the visitors.
Admission Fee: CNY 50 (Mar. to Nov.)
CNY 35 (Dec. to Feb.)
Opening Hours: 9:00 to 17:30 (Nov, 15 to Feb. 28/29)
8:30 to 18:00 (Mar.1 to May 31 and Oct. 8 to Nov. 15)
8:30 to 18:30 (June 1 to Oct. 7)
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