The Shanxi Museum is the largest museum and cultural building in the province of Shanxi, China. The museum, located in Shanxi's provincial capital Taiyuan, is home to about 400,000 cultural relics and 110,000 old books.
The museum started off as the Education Library and Museum of Shanxi, which opened in October 9, 1919 as one of the earliest museums in China. In September 1953, the museum became the Shanxi Provincial Museum. After the completion of the new building in 2005, it was officially renamed the Shanxi Museum.
This top-class museum has three floors that walk you through all aspects of Shanxi culture, from prehistoric fossils to detailed local opera and architecture exhibits. All galleries are imaginatively displayed and most contain good English captions.
Address: No. 13, north section of Binghe west road, Taiyuan, Shanxi Province
Opening hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, from Tuesday to Sunday, last entrance at 4 pm
Admission fee: Free
Transportation: Take bus No. 6, 602, 803, 807, 831, 845 or 866 then get off at Yifen Qiaoxi bus stop; or take bus No. 69 then get off at Shanxi Museum.
Recommended visit time: 2-3 hours
Tel: 0351-878 9555