Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Xinjiang Museum

Xinjiang Museum

Xinjiang Museum is a world-class museum of striking, modern architecture inspired by Uyghur culture and with a collection of over 50,000 items. These include 381 nationally ranked cultural relics.

The museum was founded in 1959 and rebuilt and refurbished in its present form in 2005.

Xinjiang Museum
The museum exterior is inspired by Uyghur architecture

Perhaps the most memorable displays are those of the ancient mummies of Xinjiang. These are human remains naturally preserved for thousands of years, in some cases, by the naturally dry desert environment of Xinjiang. Most are from the nearby Astana Graves.

Also from the Astana Graves are tomb wall paintings.

Xinjiang Museum, China
Clay models on display
The museum is also of interest for the valuable insights it affords into the minority cultures living in the region.

A yurt and mannequins
A yurt and mannequins show life in the region

Xinjiang Museum
A security guard outside the entrance to the museum in Urumqi
Access - Getting There

581 Xibei Road, Urumqi

Tomb wall painting from Astana Graves
Tomb wall painting from Astana Graves