Behind the Scenes Access at the Shaanxi History Museum in Xi’an

Opened in 1991, the Shaanxi History Museum is the largest comprehensive museum in Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province. It currently exhibits over 3,000 historical relics – a small fraction of its total collection which ranges from 115,000-year-old artifacts to items from the Opium Wars of the 1840’s. Importantly, the museum is home to the Mural Painting Restoration and Preservation center, the only of its kind in China.

The Shaanxi History Museum’s Mural Painting Restoration and Preservation center is off limits to the general public. Destination Asia China offers our clients special access and a chance to get face to face with some of the original mural fragments. These fragments are being carefully and artistically restored by a team of preservation and restoration experts and kept in a 1200 sq/m storehouse that is equipped with state-of-the-art preservation technology, which gives precise control of the environment’s UV, humidity and temperature levels. To date more than 500 mural paintings with a floor space of 1000 square meters have been successfully excavated from some 120 tombs dating back to the Tang dynasty and relocated to the center for restoration and conservation purposes.

During this special visit, Destination Asia can arrange for an expert guided tour by a member of the center’s team of passionate mural masters, providing guests with an opportunity to learn more about the history of the murals and the intricate restoration efforts that go into preserving that history. Both special access and expert availability are subject to prior confirmation.

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