The Xi’an Museum is a place for history enthusiasts and has many items inside that would quench the thirst on understanding ancient China. It is located in a complex which has the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and the Jian Fu Temple as well, alongside a vast and beautiful garden. The Xi’an Museum is free for the visitors, and you only need to pay if you want to see the Small Wild Goose Pagoda (30 Yuan).
Xi’an has been the capital of China for many years, and this museum can show Xi’an city’s long history in an exciting way by use of ancient artifacts. Xi’an Museum is composed of three main parts. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the parts and also is the national key protection culture unit. The other part is the Jianfu Temple and some ancient buildings. The final section is the 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. Xi’an 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 complex that would lead to a lovely memory for the visitors.
Xi’an Museum is adored by local and international visitors and has gained a wide reputation and popularity for its historical and cultural value. The three parts of this complex alongside the beautiful garden form a harmonious environment where you can learn about history and enjoy it at the same time.
The Culture Exhibition Hall, the Main Part of Xi’an Museum
As the main attraction inside the Xi’an Museum, its design has been an important task. The design of this building has been selected in an event held in 2004. The event was about Xi’an in the future, and this design was chosen among ten other designs. It is a work by Zhang Jinqiu, a Chinese famous designer and academician of the Chinese Academy of Science who has Shaanxi History Museum in her experiences too.
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) that 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 are able to 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 which 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 size changes of Xi’an and remodeled in different dynasties with emphasis on the Tang Dynasty era. These exhibitions have city models to demonstrate the changes in the city easily. There also some worthy mentions here that are worth to find and see such as the silk routes, Tang Dynasty White Porcelain Plate, Gold Mirror, three-colored Riding Horses, and Female Pottery figures, Stone Coffin, and Camel Groups.
Ancient Calligraphy Artistic Exhibition
This exhibition can be quite interesting as Chinese calligraphy is vastly different from the rest of the world, mainly because of their writing system. China’s writing system has changed since the introduction of simplified Chinese, and in the exhibit, the items are written in traditional Chinese.
This part successfully shows different styles of Chinese calligraphy in history, which consists of around 100 items. A worthy mention is this part is a work done during the reign of 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 standing today is a rebuilt structure which took place in the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty.
The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is another Tang Dynasty building that is an excellent reminder of China’s Buddhist culture. It is located on the central axis of the Jianfu Temple and is a crucial part of how Buddhism came to China and is integrated with Han nationality culture. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Jianfu Temple show a harmonious ancient architecture as they were initially built under 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:
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.32.407.40.410.46.508.521.700 707.713.720. 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 of 30 Yuan.
The museum is open to visitors from 9 AM to 5:30 PM every day except holidays.