Xian Museum (Address: No. 72 Youxi West Road Xian) is situated in the city center of Xian and it is very close to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. It is an important museum that houses more than 130,000 historic relics. Plenty of them were discovered in the tombs and historic sites of 4 powerful dynasties: Zhou (11th Century BC to 221BC), Qin (221BC-206BC), Han (206BC-220AD) and Tang (618-907), with Xian being the capital city for these dynasties. All these showcase the outstanding achievements on technology and arts of the ancient Chinese in these periods.
The building has two floors on the ground and an underground floor as well. The underground floor displays relics showing the development of ancient Xian and people's life in the 13 dynasties when Xian served as the capital city. The first floor exhibits some Buddhist statues and other precious relics. Most of the life-sized statues are made of stone and there are also some delicately gilded statues which are made of bronze and copper. These statues show the flourishing of Buddhism in Xian. On the second floor, you can see jades which are used in rituals and daily life, seals, more than 10,000 paintings and calligraphic works including works by Zheng Banqiao, who was a very famous painter in the Qing Dynasty.
The museum is closed on every Tuesday and admission is free.
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