Xi’an, China, opens two major museums, reinforcing its role as a “city of museums”

Museums are part of a city’s cultural identity and are a place where people can feel history, understand the present and explore the future. Xi’an, Chinahas made great efforts to become a city of museums, devoting to transforming its advantages into cultural heritage resources, developing its urban culture in the style of Xi’an, and highlighting its unique charm as a millennial capital. The Xi’an municipal Party committee and the municipal government proposed to protect the city’s cultural treasures, develop the city’s cultural value, and make culture a bridge between Xi’an and the world.

Located in Chang’an District, Xi’an City, the future Shaanxi Archaeological Museum is a museum that focuses on the development of archeology as a discipline and introduces the archaeological work process, research techniques and ideas. The museum has an indoor exhibition area of ​​5,800 square meters and an outdoor exhibition area of ​​10,000 square meters, with 5,215 cultural relics in 4,218 exhibit groups. The museum has a number of exhibits that have been restored to be protected with new concepts and advanced technologies.

Exhibits include a Tang Dynasty camel driver figurine that is still intact after thousands of years, as well as Western Zhou Dynasty horse and chariot pits and a Yuan Dynasty fresco tomb that have been moved around the museum in the form of “packages” as a whole.

Located south of Xi’an City, the Xi’an Museum consists of three parts: the Small Tang Wild Goose Pagoda (Xiaoyan Pagoda), the ancient architectural complex of Jianfu Temple and the museum space. It is a modern history museum integrating museums, historical sites and gardens. In early April, the renovated and modernized Xi’an Museum welcomed its visitors with a “new look”. More than 1,100 pieces (groups) of cultural relics from the collection were unveiled in the 1,300 square meter exhibition hall. Among them, more than 100 pieces (groups) will be presented to the public for the first time in regular museum exhibitions, including the golden tiger ornament of the Warring States period, the opera figures press- Han Dynasty bronze papers and the painted infantry figurine, better showing the historical and cultural heritage of the ancient capital of Xi’an.

With a city history of 3,100 years, Xi’anin the same way Cairo, Athens and Rome, is known as one of the “four ancient capitals of history”. Today, thousands of years of historical time and traces are concentrated in museums of all sizes in Xi’an. Xi’an has up to 134 registered museums, covering more than 40 types such as history, art and natural sciences. The Master Plan for the construction of the City of Museums in Xi’an issued in 2019 set the spatial framework for the construction of the City of Museums in Xi’anmanufacturing Xi’an truly an “everyday history museum” that can be heard anytime, seen anywhere, and randomly talked about.

In addition to collecting, researching and exhibiting, the museums of Xi’an are exploring new opportunities for education, communication and even recreation. Xi’an integrated museum resources and expanded the role of museums as “schools” so that museums can better integrate and serve public life. Relying on the rapid development of digital museums and facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Xi’an Museum has taken its collection to the “cloud”, giving live lectures and holding concerts for the audience.

This ubiquitous museum experience in new forms makes classic, serious museums accessible to more ordinary people.

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Caption: A Yuan Dynasty mural in the Shaanxi Archaeological Museum

SOURCE The municipal committee and municipal government of the Xi’an Party

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