Located on Chang’an Avenue of Xicheng District, Capital Museum began its initial work at 1953, and till 1981 it opened to the public. The core of Beijing Capital Museum expressed elegant Beijing culture and its glorious history. The design concepts on Beijing Capital Museum are People-oriented, based on cultural relics and service for the society. It stressed Past and future, history and modernity, art and nature harmonious and unified. Although Capital Museum in Beijing pales in comparison to the visitors received in other major attractions, such as Forbidden City (Palace Museum) and Badaling Great Wall, it has became more and more popular among home and abroad. With its incomparable cultural function, the museum offers systematic presentation and knowledge to visitors on China history and culture.
In 2001, the museum started to develop its construction with taking Beijing Confucian Temple as its precursor, and finished in May 2006. By adopting advanced technology and first-class management, the Capital Museum collects over 200,000 cultural relics and exhibits in several different theme halls. Good news for us that since 2008, the museum has been free to visitors with a limit of 4000 per day. If the Confucius Temple were entitled as a glorious palace, then the cultural relics collected by Beijing Capital Museum is the rarity of this palace. There are lots of elaborate works in the palace such as the stoneware, bronze ware, ceramics, stone inscriptions, calligraphy and paintings, etc. The time duration of Beijing Historic Cultural Relic Exhibition can be traced back from hundreds thousand years to the year 1949. It elaborates the scenes of Beijing historic development in multiple profiles and levels through series of pictures, models and cultural relics.
The majority of exhibits at the Capital Museum are cultural relics unearthed in Beijing. The Museum is a modern exhibition center with unique Beijing characteristics representing Beijing’s history, cultural relics, archaeological discoveries and cutting-edge research results of relevant disciplines. The Museum has cast out dull exhibition modes of the past and offers an experience-based tour fully capitalizing on modern exhibition techniques.
The museum opens several major exhibition halls according to different themes, such as bronze, jadeware, chinaware, painting, calligraphy and buddha, etc. Famous for the oval-shape Bronze Exhibition Hall and Jade Ware Exhibition Hall, also, museum’s some temporary exhibition halls often accept a amount of relics and collections from other museums or private exhibitions to exhibit for a short term.
The most distinctive feature of the Museum is its unswerving focus on the transformation and development of Beijing and telling the story of an ancient Chinese city with a multi-dimensional interpretation involving such aspects as geography, folk customs, antiques, etc. Permanent exhibitions at the Museum include Ancient Capital – History and Culture, Ancient Capital Beijing – Urban Construction, and Old Stories of Beijing – Exhibition of Old Beijing Folk Customs. The core purpose of the exhibitions is to meticulously display Beijing’s history and culture. These exhibitions are like a history book by which we can try to decipher Beijing.
Ever since the establishment of Beijing Capital Museum, it held hundreds exhibitions in different types concerning the history, cultural relics, revolutionary history and folk custom, etc. Moreover, it also held different types of exhibition in Japan, America, Singapore, Malaysia and other countries so that it carried forward Chinese culture and expanded international communication and received deep concern and warmly welcome by the foreign and domestic peoples. Magnificent Beijing Capital Museum is your ideal vacation choice and it will enter a new era to gain much success.