Xi’an Guanzhong Folk Art Museum: A Beautiful Cultural Heritage

Guanzhong Folk Art Museum, founded by Mr.Wang Yongchao, a Representative of the People’s Congress and a distinguished scholar who enjoys the State Council’s special subsidy, is a privately funded large-scale cultural attraction that delicates to the rescue, restoration, collection, research, and interpretation of folk cultural heritage.

With an area of 500 Mu(28 acres), the museum is located in the central part of the World Geopark in Zhongnanshan Mountain and lies at the foot of Nanwutaishan Mountain, a famous Buddhist sacred land in the Sui and Tang Dynasties. It’s worth a visit for travelers who want to glimpse into the folk culture of the Guanzhong area during their trip to Xi’an.

Guanzhong Folk Art Museum - Xi'an
Guanzhong Folk Art Museum

Facts of Guanzhong Folk Art Museum in Xi’an 

  • Location: 1 Nanwutai Mountain Road, Wutai Ancient Town, Chang’an District, Xi’an City.
  • Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 from Tuesday to Sunday
  • Entrance fee: CNY 88 per person
  • Time needed: about 2-3 hours
  • Highlights: Furniture, brick carvings, folk paintings, ancient dwellings, gatehouses from various dynasties

Features of the Museum

The museum was built in typical Ming and Qing garden style, elegant, simple, magnificent and well arranged. It houses more than 33,600 folk cultural relics from the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties that have been rescued and conserved. Among the collections, the most eye-catching ones are the 40 relocated Ming and Qing style ancient folk courtyards, and over 8,600 stone hitching-posts from different dynasties.

These precious collections have witnessed and the development and cultural inheritance of Chinese nation over thousands of years and are acclaimed by experts and scholars both home and abroad as “bank of national cultural genes and specimens”, “a world wonder and treasure”, and “a complete collection of heavenly works”. The museum has been successively supported as one of the municipal and provincial key construction projects in the 11th five-year plan and appointed by the Ministry of Culture as a “national demonstration base for cultural industry”.

The museum is of typical Ming and Qing garden style. Since its opening, the old folk houses and courtyards in the ancient town, the display of stone arts and the folk cultural relics have attracted thousands of visitors to come.

Guanzhong Folk Art Museum
Guanzhong Folk Art Museum

With the completion of the new construction projects such as the tourist zone for folk custom, the temples ,the folk culture research center, an old school, a conference center and an ancient post house ,the museum will create an actual scene for you to learn about the Ming and Qing cultures, to refresh your mind and indulge in the infinite peacefulness of life. Entering the ancient and unsophisticated gate of the museum, you can see the well-arranged old folk houses in different courtyards, observe the vivid brick and stone carvings, and enjoy the antiquity calligraphies and paintings by famous persons.

The display of the various forms of intangible cultural heritages in the museum seems to tell you the long history of the local customs as well as profoundness of the Guanzhong folk culture. Surrounded by eight smaller rivers and the Yellow River, embracing the Qinling Mountains ,the Guanzhong Plain in Shaanxi Province is considered as one of the birthplaces of Chinese nation and one of the cradles of Chinese folk culture.

The folk customs in Guanzhong area are considered as the root of Chinese national cultural network. They hold a significant position in the overall Chinese folk culture because of their unique representativeness. Welcome to trace the history, experience the folk customs and enjoy the charm and everlasting splendor of the five-thousand-year old Chinese culture in our museum!

How to Get to the Guangzhong Folk Art Museum

  • Take Metro Line 2 to Weiqu South Station, then exit from Exit B and transfer to Bus 338 or 730. Get off at the “Guanzhong Folk Art Museum” stop.
  • Take Bus 215, 229, or 323 to Chang’an Bus Station, then transfer to Bus 730 and get off at the “Guanzhong Folk Art Museum” stop.
  • Take the tourist bus Line 2 from Big Wild Goose Pagoda North Square to the “Wutai North Gate” stop, then walk south for 800 meters to reach the Guanzhong Folk Art Museum.
  • For self driving, take the route: Heping Gate – Big Wild Goose Pagoda – Qujiang Expressway toll station – Baomao Expressway – Taiyi Palace toll station – Guanzhong Folk Art Museum.

Travel Tips

  • The museum is far from Xi’an city center, and it will take about 2 hours by public transportation, visitors are recommended to carry some snacks and water for the journey.
  • Please note that the tourist bus Line 2 from the Big Wild Goose Pagoda North Square may be extremely crowded during holidays.

Please feel free to contact our travel consultants if you want a Xi’an trip including the Guanzhong Folk Art Museum, they will be glad to provide more detailed and professional ideas and customize your trip according to your preferences, time schedule, budget and other requirements.