Built in 1985, the main building of the Shang Dynasty Museum is an antique palace complex of “Siachongwu(四阿重屋)”. The hall is in the middle, connected by corridors and verandahs, with green bricks and tiles, which is very simple and elegant.
In the museum, there are nearly ten thousand cultural relics such as bronzes, jades, ivory, gold and silver, lacquerware, pottery, and so on. In addition, there are nearly one thousand steles, epitaphs, turquoise micro carvings, including Western Han Dynasty stone portraits, Han and Gan mausoleum xiangshangfu Royal steles, shitingli and Laozi’s land restriction stone coupons in the second year of construction, Northern Wei Dynasty and Northern Qi Dynasty stone statues, and statues niches.
The museum is basically an exhibition of the civilization of the capital of Xia and Shang Dynasties. It displays the archaeological achievements of the two earliest sites of the capital of China recognized by the archaeologists over the years, namely, xiaduzhen (Erlitou site of Yanshi) and Xibo (Shang Dynasty site of Yanshi). It also restores the model of the city palace of the second generation of Xia and Shang Dynasties, which is equipped with plates, photos and text descriptions.