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The Capital Museum

Updated:2008-06-06 10:27 | Source:

  The Capital Museum is a patriotic education

  base in Beijing. Located in No. 16 Fuxingmen Outer

  Street, it is accessible by subway Line 1, buses No.

  1 or No. 4. It is a large modernized comprehensive

  museum that reflects the past and present of Beijing

  in terms of history, construction, folk customs, and

  culture. It was open to public on May 18, 2006.

  The museum, with 5 floors above the ground and 2

  underground, covers an area of 24,800 square meters,

  with a total floor space of 66,690 square meters.

  The building itself is a work of art, combining

  classical and modern aesthetic concepts. The huge

  roof has traditional upturned eaves; the grey stone

  screen wall follows the style of traditional

  architecture of Beijing; the sloping road on the

  square suggests the grandeur of ancient palaces in

  the city. The danbi (a decorative slab of stone)

  that adorns the pavement outside the north gate and

  the archway in the hall exude the special charm of

  traditional Chinese architecture. The slanting,

  protruding wall of the elliptic bronze hall

  signifies the bringing to light of ancient relics.

  The museum has a rich collection of cultural relics.

  Most of the exhibits are relics unearthed in Beijing

  and its environs. By adopting the latest findings in

  the history, relics, archeology of Beijing and

  related fields and learning from successes of

  museums at home and abroad, it has created a

  modernized exhibition system with distinctive

  qualities of Beijing. It is divided into three parts

  ¨Cbasic exhibits, theme exhibition, and temporary

  exhibition. In the first part, the history and

  culture of the ancient capital’ and the

  construction of the ancient capital’, core

  exhibitions at the museum, reflect the long history

  and age-old culture of Beijing and the splendid

  history of its growth. Folk Customs of Old Beijing’

  shows in a vivid way the customs of Beijing dwellers

  between the late Qing Dynasty and the early

  Republican Period. Bronze Art in Yan Region’ and

  six other theme exhibitions, showing the best of the

  museum’s collection, reflect the essence of

  traditional Chinese culture. Temporary exhibitions

  provide a platform for showing local cultures and

  for exchange between Chinese and foreign cultures.

  The museum is not only a base for the protection and

  study of cultural relics in the Beijing area, but

  also a base for teaching patriotism, history, and

  science to teenagers. Visitors may see a rich

  collection, listen to lectures given by experts, and

  participate in various kinds of activities such as

  making pottery and New Year pictures. The 2,000-

  square-meter ceremony hall is an ideal place for

  celebrations or large-scale cultural activities. The

  bamboo courtyard, the souvenir shop, the bookstore,

  the teahouse, and the restaurant are good places to

  go for leisure.

  With a rich collection, excellent furnishing, and

  high-quality service, the museum shows the culture

  of the ancient capital Beijing and promotes cultural

  exchange, thus contributing to socialist spiritual

  civilization.

  Address:No. 16 Fuxingmen Outer Street, Beijing

  (Source:

  http://www.ebeijing.gov.cn/Tour/ScenicSpots/)

Editor : Zhu Jia

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