Turpan Museum ​- featuring an exhibition hall of Mummies

Last Update: 17th October 2020

Located at No. 1268 Munnar Road, Gaochang District, Turpan Museum is the second largest museum in Xinjiang. The museum consists of Gallery of Turpan General History, Gallery of Ancient Coins, Gallery of Official Documents in Ancient Times, Exhibition Hall of Mummies. The permanent exhibitions there are Ancient Cities of Jiaohe and Gaochang on the Silk Road, National Unity and Support Xinjiang’s Development.

Turpan Museum Fast Facts
  • Chinese Name: Tulufan Bowguan (吐鲁番博物馆)
  • Area: 17,571 x square meters
  • Things to do there: Photography, Archaeology
  • Who visits: Photographers, Adventure Enthusiasts, Archaeologists
  • Time required: 1 – 2 hours
What to expect at the Turpan Museum

Turpan Museum offers a collection of 20,637 pieces, including stone ware, pottery, clay sculptures, wooden wares, bronze ware, iron ware, gold, silver, wooden sculptures, paintings, ancient mummies, etc.


At the museum, you will see the oldest moon-cake in the world and the oldest grapevine in China. At Gallery of Turpan General History, you could get acquainted with the history and culture of Jushi People (车师人) in the ancient Western Region, the ancient Gaochang Kingdom, the economy and culture of Xizhou in the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907), the development of Uighur Culture and the life of Turpan Dukes in the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912).


The Exhibition Hall of Huge Rhinoceros Fossils demonstrates the natural history in Turpan. At the hall, you can explore the oldest and largest rhinoceros fossil which is 9 meters long and 5 meters tall. The rhinoceros lived in the Oligocene.


Ancient coins excavated at Ancient City of Jiaohe and Astana Tombs are on display at Gallery of Ancient Coins. In addition, you will find the old coins from the regions outside of Turpan and Xinjiang in ancient times, such as Central Asia, West Asia and Europe.


At Gallery of Official Documents in Ancient Times, you could admire the ancient documents in 24 languages, such as Uighur, Chinese, Mongolian, Sanskrit, Tangut script, Sogdian and the like. Old prescriptions, personal letters, Buddhist books, sale contracts, lists of burial clothes for the deceased are also on display there.


The most unique hall is Exhibition Hall of Mummies where you will see the oldest artificial limbs made in the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD). The mummies are found at Astana Tombs, Subeixi Tombs, Yanghai Tombs. They date back to the Shang Dynasty (1600 BC – 1046 BC) through the Tang Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty.

Best time to visit Turpan Museum

The best time to visit Turpan Museum is in the morning.


The best months to visit are from April to July and from September to October.


How to get to the Turpan Museum

There are a few buses passing by the museum. Therefore, there are a few options.

  • Rent a vehicle to the museum. This is the quickest and most direct option.
  • Take Bus 1 and Bus 4 to the Stop of Laocheng Dongmen (老城东门站). Then, walk to the museum.
Additional Turpan Museum Travel Advice
  • Opening hours: 10:30 – 18:30 (April 15 – October 15); 11:00 – 17:30 (October 16 – April 14); visitors are not allowed to enter the museum from 17:30; it is not open to the public on Mondays.
  • As at 17th October 2020, tourists can visit the museum for free.
  • It is not allowed to take photos at the Gallery of Official Documents in Ancient Times.
  • Drinking water or handbags are not allowed to take into the museum.
  • Please keep quiet at the museum
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