The Xi’an Museum is a place for history enthusiasts and has many items inside, which can quench the thirst for understanding ancient China. The Museum is free for visitors, and you only need to pay if you want to see the Small Wild Goose Pagoda (30 Yuan). TripWays is going to tell you more about this museum today. However, if you are planning to visit China, don’t miss the information about Tourist Traps!
What is the Xi’an museum all about?
Xi’an has been the capital of China for many years, and this museum can show Xi’an city’s long history by using ancient artifacts. Xi’an Museum includes three main parts:
- Small Wild Goose Pagoda as the national key protection culture unit.
- Jianfu Temple and some ancient buildings.
- Culture Exhibition Hall, where the old artifacts are presented to the visitors.
Xi’an Museum covers an area of 245 hectares, and it officially opened to the public in 2007. This Museum is situated on West Youyi Road in Xi’an city, Shaanxi province. This complex has provided an excellent area to enjoy the cultural and historical Chinese values alongside Chinese folk art for the tourists. There are green trees, singing birds, and fragrant flowers in the area of the museum that would make a lovely memory for the visitors.
The Culture Exhibition Hall
The design of the Culture Exhibition Hall, as the main attraction inside the museum, has been an important task. The hall is designed by Zhang Jinqiu, a famous Chinese designer and academician of the Chinese Academy of Science.
The floor area of the museum is more than 16,000 square meters, while the exhibition section is around 5,000 square meters. There are about 130,000 items (singular and set) and 14,400 of them are regarded as highly important to Chinese history and culture. There are about 2,000 items in the collection which are presented for the first time to the public.
This place is filled with various marvelous cultural and historical items that can convey a great understanding of china’s ancient history. The Culture Exhibition Hall is made up of three different sections: the basic exhibition, temporary exhibition, and specific-themed exhibition.
The basic exhibition is mainly focused on “Ancient Capital Xi’an” by displaying the construction history of the city over millennia. It shows how Xi’an has transformed through the years as the capital of China in 13 imperial dynasties. In this exhibition, visitors can get a visual understanding of the daily life of Xi’an people during history.
There are also two other parts that their core ideas are the History of Xi’an and the Grand Picture of the Imperial City. In the second part, the items are shown in groups based on their different uses to demonstrate a grand picture of society and the people living in various imperial dynasties.
The History of Xi’an part exhibits the development and changes of Xi’an in different dynasties with emphasis on the Tang Dynasty era. These exhibitions have city models to demonstrate the changes in the city easily.
Ancient Calligraphy Artistic Exhibition
This exhibition can be interesting because Chinese calligraphy is vastly different from the rest of the world, mainly because of its writing system. Chinese writing system has changed since the introduction of simplified Chinese. In the exhibit, the items are written in traditional Chinese.
This part successfully shows different styles of Chinese calligraphy in history with approximately 100 items. A worthy mention in this part is a work done during the reign of the Yuan Dynasty (1279–1368) by Sheng Mao roughly translated as Visiting a Friend at the Mountains in Spring.
Jianfu Temple and Small Wild Goose Pagoda
Jianfu Temple was widely known as a royal temple. It was built during the Tang Imperial Dynasty (618-907 AD), but it was demolished during the war that occurred in the last years of their reign. The Temple has been reconstructed.
Located on the central axis of the Jianfu Temple, The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is another Tang Dynasty building that is an excellent reminder of China’s Buddhist culture. It is an important part that demonstrates Buddhism came to China and integrated with the Han nationality culture. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Jianfu Temple show harmonious ancient architecture as they were initially built during the Tang Dynasty era.
How to Get to Xi’an Museum?
- The Xi’an Museum address is 72 West Youyi Road, Beilin District, Xi’an, Shaanxi province.
- You can reach the Xi’an Museum by using the below buses:
- 22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.32.407.40.410.46.508.521.700 707.713.720. Tour Bus7. Tour Bus 8.
- Keep in mind that visiting the Xi’an Museum is free, but if you want to visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, you need to buy a ticket for 30 Yuan.
- The museum is open to visitors from 9 AM to 5:30 PM every day except holidays.
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