The Capital Museum
The refurbished and relocated Capital Museum is now China's second largest, dwarfed only by the National Museum (which is being reconstructed and closed until 2010). With its striking modern architecture and impressive variety of exhibits, the museum has staked its claim as the best museum in Beijing. Well captioned displays are offset with informative introductions that, thankfully, don't assume everyone if an experts on Chinese history and culture.
Regular exhibitions include "Ancient Capital Beijing -- History, Culture and Urban Construction". This display illustrates the splendor and glory of the gradually-formed and constantly-evolving culture of the city.
Exhibitions of fine artistic collections include ancient chinaware, ancient bronze art, calligraphy, paintings, jade ware, ancient Buddha statues and scientific instruments. Seven Fine Arts collections and "Old Stories of Beijing -- Exhibition of Old Beijing Folk Customs" add further insights, and reach out to include Beijing's contemporary culture.
To see all the exhibitions in the new museum would require a visit of at least four or five hours.
Open hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (Closed on Monday)
Ticket: Free admission if you reserve 3 days in advance for regular exhibitions. 4000 admissions everyday. 30 yuan for the "National Treasures Exhibition" (from Jul 29 to Oct 7).
Reservation: By phone via 010-63393339 (in Chinese, English and Japaness) between 9:00-17:00 or by online at http://www.capitalmuseum.org.cn/en/02.htm
How to get there: Subway: Muxidi (木樨地) Station, Line 1; to take bus No.1, No.4, No.52 and No.37 to the stop "Gonghuidalou"; No.937, No.727, No.717, No.650, No.708, No.26, No.319 to the stop Baiyunlu; Special Bus No. 1 to the stop "Muxidi"
Tel: 010-63370491 63370492
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