Xi'an Museum


Basic Facts of Xi'an Museum

Chinese Name: 西安博物院 Pronunciation: xī ān bó wù yuàn

Opening Time: 2007

Admission Ticket Fare: Free

Best Visiting Time: All year round

Suggested Visiting Hours: 1-2 Hours

Park Area: About 16,000 square meters

Building Function: To display the cultural relics of Xi’an

Address: No.72 Youyi West Road, Beilin District, Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province, China


Opening Hours

  Peak Season
(March 15th to October 31st) 
Low Season
(November 1st to March 14th)
Opening Hours  9:00-18:00   9:00—17:30
No Entry  17:00    16:30


  • Tips: The museum is closed every Tuesday (except bank holidays) and the Eve of Chinese New Year. The other days are open.

Overview of Xi’an Museum

The Main Entrance ,Xi’an Museum
The Main Entrance

Xi’an Museum is located at Youyi West Road, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province. The museum is divided into two parts, including the area cultural exhibition, historical interests which focus on the Small Wild Goose Pagoda 小雁塔 and Jianfu Temple荐福寺. On May 5, 2007, Xi’an Museum was opened to the public. Xi’an Museum is one of the top museums in China.

Xi’an Museum is famous for the buildings in the Tang Dynasty, Small Wild Goose Pagoda. And, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda is the most important building in Xi’an Museum. There is no doubt that the Small Wild Goose Pagoda has the architectural style of the Tang Dynasty. It is a great place for people to experience the architectural culture of the Tang Dynasty.

The logo of the Xi’an Museum is designed based on the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. The logo shows the long history of the Xi’an Museum and the profound Chinese culture. It seems to make us remind of the past glories of Xi’an.


Attractions and Highlights at Xi’an Museum

The Exhibition Hall

The Exhibition Hall,Xi’an Museum
The Exhibition Hall

The Exhibition Hall is the main building in Xi’an Museum. The famous architect Zhang Jinqiu, who is also the architect of the Shaanxi History Museum, designed this building. In 2004, it was chosen as the top ten beloved landmarks in Xi’an. The building area is about 16,000 square meters, among which the exhibition area covers 5,000 square. There are 130,000 cultural relics from the different periods of Xi’an in the exhibition hall.

There is a small exhibition hall in the museum that mainly shows the culture of Chang’an Buddhism. The theme of the exhibition is “Compassion and Fascination”. By displaying Buddhist Stone Sculptures and some Buddhist Cultural Relics, the exhibition introduces the basic facts of Chang’an Buddhism and shows the importance of Chang’an Buddhism in history. The exhibition hall covers an area of 640 square meters and displays more than 120 cultural relics.

There is an exhibition called “Le Ju Chang’an” in the museum, which means lived happily in Chang’an. The exhibition mainly shows people’s lives in ancient Xi’an by displaying some cultural relics. The most precious one is Pushou. Pushou is the component on the door of ancient Chinese architecture. It includes two parts: one is the circular chassis made of copper or iron; another is the door knocker used for knocking on the door.


The Jianfu Temple

The Jianfu Temple,Xi’an Museum
The Jianfu Temple

The extant Jianfu Temple was renovated in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and the layout of the temple continues to be the same as when it was repaired during the Ming Dynasty. The temple buildings are concentrated on the central axis between the Nanshan Gate and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. From south to the north, there are Nanshan Gate, the Bell Tower and Drum Tower, the Cishi Pavilion, the Daxiong Hall, the Depository of Buddhist Sutras, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, and the Baiyi Pavilion. Anymore, there are many art-folk exhibitions.


The Small Wild Goose Pagoda,Xi’an Museum
The Small Wild Goose Pagoda

The Small Wild Goose Pagoda

The original name is “Jian Fu Pagoda”. It was first built in AD 707, located in the Jianfu Temple of Chang’an City. It was built in order to collect the Buddhism scriptures and Buddha figures. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda was a part of the Jianfu Temple. Because of the war, Jianfu Temple was destroyed but the Small Wild Goose Pagoda was kept.


How to Get to Xi’an Museum

By Bus

Take bus18, 21, 29, 32, 40, 203, 204, 218, 224, 229, 258, 407, 410, 521, 618, or 700 and get off at Xiaoyanta Station (Small Wild Goose Pagoda).

Take bus 18, 203, 204, 218, 407, 410, 229, or 258 and get off at Xiajiazhuang Station.

By Subway

Take metro line 2 and get off at the Nanshaomen Station.

By Taxi

Chinese: 请带我去西安博物院。 English: Please take me to the Xi’an Museum.

If you go to the Xi'an Museum from the Xi'an Railway Station, it takes about 30 minutes (about 22 yuan).

If you go to the Xi'an Museum from the Xi'an South Railway Station, it takes about 60 minutes (about 75 yuan).

If you go to the Xi'an Museum from the Xi'an North Railway Station, it takes about 75 minutes (about 65 yuan).

If you go to the Xi'an Museum from the Xi'an Xianyang International Airport, it takes about 70 minutes (about 110 yuan).

The Aerial View,Xi’an Museum
The Aerial View

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