The Ningxia Museum is located in the Chengtian Temple in downtown Yinchuan.
With an area of 22,000 square meters, it has a collection of 10,000
relics, including the stone ware of the Old Stone Age, the bronze ware
of the Han Dynasty, the stone carvings of the Tang Dynasty, and the
stone carvings and inscriptions of the Western Xia State.
The museum consists of four parts: Ningxia History, Western Xia Hsitory,
Mt, Helan Cliff Carvings, and the Hui Custom.
Western Xia Museum
The Museum of the Western Xia State, located in the national scenic
spot of the royal mausoleum of the Western Xia State, covers an area
of 4,000 square meters, and has nine halls, displaying 617 relics and
410 books on the Western Xia State, and the history, culture, economy,
and religion of the Western Xia State. Most of the relics here were
unearthed from the local areas in Ningxia. The rest, such as the dragon
pillars, the stone inscriptions, and murals, were found elsewhere.
Located in Guyuan County, the museum is an imposing ancient building
complex with an area of 28,000 square meters. It has four exhibition
halls, with a collection of 10,000 relics, including articles unearthed
from the tombs of the Western Zhou, the Northern Wei, the Northern Zhou,
the Sui, and the Tang dynasties, the stone and jade ware from the Old
Stone Age, the painted pottery of the Yangshao Culture, and the copper
swords of the Spring and Autumn and the Warring States periods, in addition
to the porcelain ware of the past dynasties, the trigger mechanism of
the Warring States period, the tri-pot of the Qin Dynasty, ancient coins,
and the glazed silver pot, representing the Silk Road culture, of the
North- ern Zhou time.