9 Art Museums in Xi'an That You Shouldn't Miss

November 28, 2021 Claudia Navarrete

Today the walls of the Ming dynasty and the Tang palace walls hint at the Xi’an’s glorious past. Stare in awe at the Terracotta Army, 7,000 terracotta statues of Qin Bingmayong Bowuguan warriors and soldiers. Dating from 210 BCE, they were discovered in 1974 and are still being excavated. Don't miss the Shaanxi History Museum or a chance to heat up at former imperial bathing spot, Huaqing Hot Springs.
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1. Xi'an Guanzhong Folk Art Museum

No.1 Wutaishan Road, Wutai Town, Xi'an China +86 29 8726 2543
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Xi'an Guanzhong Folk Art Museum

2. Tang Bo Art Museum

No.26 S. Gong Yuan Road, Xi'an 710043 China +86 29 8552 2418 [email protected] http://www.tangboart.com
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Tang Bo Art Museum

Tangbo Art Muesum possesses a collection of Shannxi folk arts, ancient paintings exhibited in historical sequence, and local contemporary artists’ artworks. Whatever your age and talents, after enjoying the perfect introduction to Chinese art with a guided tour in English or Chinese, you get hands-on with brush and ink to create your own calligraphy masterpieces on rice paper. If this is not for you, feel free to join other cultural experiences such as paper-cutting learning, shadow puppets making, rubbings making, and traditional Chinese painting learning.

3. Xi'an Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts

Southwest of Big wild goose pagoda south Square, B2 level of the Westin Hotel or enter from the east side of the building, Xi'an 710061 China +86 29 6893 8021 http://www.qujiangmuseum.com/
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Xi'an Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts

Xi’an Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts aims at saving, conserving, collecting and exhibiting ancient Chinese murals, as well as to maintain Shaanxi’s intangible cultural heritage. It devotes to promoting traditional Chinese culture and carrying forward cultural undertakings in Shaanxi. The permanent exhibition is the Origin and History of Ancient Chinese Murals. As the first exhibition which systemat

4. Gao Grand Courtyard

No.144 Beiyuan men, Lianhu District, Xi'an 710003 China
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Gao Grand Courtyard

Reviewed By TanSuoTravel - London, United Kingdom

The Gao Family Mansion is tucked away on one of the smaller and less crowded streets within the Muslim Quarter of Xi'an, but it's not to be missed! This hidden gem is a real treat for those who want to see a siheyuan (四合院) or "Chinese quadrangle courtyard" and have a unique experience of Shaanxi culture at the same time. The courtyard itself has been beautifully preserved and makes for a wonderful break from the chaos of the Muslim Quarter, as it is rarely crowded and surprisingly peaceful. You could easily spend an hour wandering through the beautifully furnished rooms of the courtyard itself and admiring the level of detail that has gone into its preservation. The real highlight of the trip for us, however, was watching the opera and shadow puppetry performances that the courtyard hosts every day at specific intervals. These performances run reasonably regularly throughout the day, but be sure to check the schedule in advance, as the last performance normally starts at around 6pm. The opera performance is unlike any we've ever seen before! It was not polished or professional, but full of vigour and enthusiasm. It was more like traditional folk music than an opera, but we loved it nonetheless. The shadow puppet performance tells the classical Chinese story known as "Journey to the West." Although the entire performance is in Chinese, it is a simple children's story and thus easy to follow even if you don't understand the language. Much like the opera performance, the puppeteer is clearly very passionate about this folk art and was thus bursting with enthusiasm throughout the performance. In short, if you plan on visiting the Muslim Quarter, definitely make time for the Gao Family Mansion!

5. Banpo International Art Zone

No.238 Fangxi Street, Baqiao District, Xi'an 710038 China 029-888988821
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Banpo International Art Zone

6. Shanxi Art Museum

No.14 Chang'an North Road, Xi'an China http://www.sxpam.org/
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Shanxi Art Museum

7. Tan Dynasty Art Museum

No.89 Cuihua Road, Yanta District, Xi'an 710061 China
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8. Culture and Arts Hall of Qin and Han Dynasty

Within the District, Xincheng District, Xi'an 710043 China
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9. Kewei Art Museum

MIL 108Fang, OCT, Qujiang New Area, Xi'an 727000 China +86 135 7202 2778 [email protected] http://www.keweiculture.com

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