This is Shaanxi: Xi'an Museum
By Foreigner
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Xi'an Museum is located in the south of Xi'an City,  covering an area of 245 mu. There are three parts: Museum area, Jianfu Temple of Xiaoyan pagoda and garden sightseeing area. It is unique among domestic museums. Xi'an Museum was officially opened to the public on May 18, 2007.


In the selection activity initiated by the news media in 2004, the cultural relics exhibition hall, as the main building of Xi'an Museum, was rated as one of the Ten Future Landmark Buildings in Xi'an. The construction area of the museum is more than 16000 square meters, 5000 square meters of which is exhibition are. Among the 130000 cultural relics in the collection, 14400 pieces of cultural relics are above the national level three. Nearly 2000 pieces of cultural relics were on display for the first time, with a variety of fine works.

The exhibition of Xi'an Museum is composed of three parts: basic display, special display and temporary display. With a dozen of scientific and technological techniques, such as virtual electronic book opening, digital phantom demonstration, DMS digital virtual demonstration, interactive display, and cultural relic navigation, exhibition is more exciting and cultural relics are more vivid.


Jianfu temple was a famous royal temple, which was destroyed in the war at the end of the Tang Dynasty. The existing Jianfu temple was rebuilt in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The layout of the ancient buildings in the temple is roughly the same as that in the Zhengtong period of the Ming Dynasty (1436-1448). The temple buildings are concentrated on the central axis of the Sanmon (teh main gate of the temple) directly facing the Xiaoyan pagoda. From south to north, there are Sanmon, Bell and Drum Tower, Ci's Pavilion, Daxiong Palace, Sutra Hall, Xiaoyan Pagoda, Baiyi Pavilion.

Xiaoyan Pagoda was built in the reign of emperor Jinglong of Tang Dynasty (707-710 A.D.), originally named "Jianfu Temple Pagoda". The body of the pagoda was a square 15 level brick pagoda with dense eaves. Several earthquakes in the Ming Dynasty destroyed the 14th and 15th levels of the top, the tower body was cracked and then joined together as a miracle. The existing pagoda, with a height of 43.4 meters and a side length of 11.38 meters at the bottom, maintains the style and features of the original pagoda. It was declared as a National Key Cultural Relics Protection Unit in 1961.


Aerial view of Xi'an Museum

Xiaoyan Pagoda cultural relics reserve was officially opened to the public in 1980. The ancient buildings of Xiaoyan Pagoda and Jianfu temple are integrated with folk cultural relics such as Chang'an ancient folk and hitching posts as a window for visitors to understand the Chinese traditional culture.

In the newly expanded area, lake and garden view are newly added, with historical sites and urban parks forming into a multi-functional urban landscape area.

Collection of Xi'an Museum


Wandering in Xi'an Museum not only helps people understand the long history of ancient Xi'an, but also makes people feel the prosperity and vitality of modern Xi'an.