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Capital Museum. China

Address:16 Fuxingmen Outer Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100045, P.R.China
Official website:http://en.capitalmuseum.org.cn/
The Capital Museum, located in the Confucius Temple, was prepared in 1953 and formally opened in 1981.The new Capital Museum was officially opened on May 18th 2006. The Capital Museum contributes to Beijing’s standing as a famous historical and cultural city, a cultural centre and is regarded as one of the first “State First-class Museums” in 2008.
 

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The Capital Museum (Chinese: 首都博物馆) is an art museum in Beijing, China. It opened in 1981 and moved into its present building in 2006, which houses a large collection of ancient porcelain, bronze, calligraphy, painting, jade,sculpture, and Buddhist statues from imperial China as well as other Asian cultures.

The Beijing Capital Museum today contains over 200,000 cultural relics in its collection.Only a small fraction of the collection is exhibited, and a significant percentage of the museum's art collection comprises artifacts unearthed in Beijing.

The Capital Museum was established in 1981 with a collection of some 83,000 objects. Although the museum pales in comparison to the visitors received in other major art museums in Beijing, such as the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City, the National Museum of China, and the National Art Museum of China; it has since then became one of the leading cultural institutions in the city, with the first five months of 2007 receiving more than 166,000 visitors.

The architectural design concept of the museum is “ to take people and cultural heritage as the foremost and serve the society”, and underlines “the harmonious integration of past and present, history and modernism, art and nature”.

The construction of the museum itself is an architectural artwork integrating both classical and modern beauty. It is of distinct national characteristics on one hand and obvious modern feeling on the other. The massive roof inherits the design from the roof overhang of Chinese traditional architecture; the long stone curtain wall stands for the city wall in ancient China; the gradient of the square refers to the architectural style of dais construction in ancient time; a piece of Danbi (vermilion steps of stone leading up to a palace hall) is imbedded in the ground in front of the north gate of the Central Reception Hall; a decorative archway from Ming Dynasty is set in the hall, which shows the traditional Chinese architectural characteristic of “central axis in a plane”; the leaning and projecting wall of the bronze Oval Exhibition Hall implies unearthing of ancient relics.

Use of large quantity of bronze, timber and stone material presents an even deeper sense of historical profoundness. Stones used in the ground of the north square and the Reception Hall are all produced in Fangshan, where stones have constantly been supplied for construction of Beijing since ancient time. Elmwood, most commonly seen in Beijing, is adopted as external decoration material of the Rectangular Exhibition Hall; while bronze, decorated with designs of the bronze ware of Western Zhou Dynasty unearthed in Beijing, is used on the external facades of the Oval Exhibition Hall.

There are three independent constructions within the new complex. They are respectively the rectangular-hall section, the oval-hall section and the quadrate Office & Scientific Research building. Spaces between them are the Reception Hall and indoor bamboo courtyard. An environment of both human and natural sentiment is therefore created by adopting natural light, Chinese archway, sunken bamboo courtyard and rippling water.

The Capital Museum is highly praised by personalities from all walks of life both at home and abroad immediately upon completion.

General Office (including two subordinate offices: Foreign Affairs Office and Files Office)

Human Resource Department (including a subordinate office: Supervision Office)

Finance Department

Security Department

Property Management Department

Cultural Relic Protection and Restoration Centre

Conservation Department

Cultural Relic Investigation and Collection Department

Public Service Department

Public Education Department

Research Department

Planning and Exchange Department

Information Research Department

Exhibition Department

Exhibition Design Department

Department of Cultural Creative Industry

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OPEN Tuesday - Sunday:9:00to 17:00

CLOSED Monday (except for national holidays and July-August)

I. The Subway:

Muxidi Station, Line 1

II. Buses:

Alight at Trade Union Building by Bus 1, Bus 4 or Bus 52

Alight at the South Opening of East Sanlihe Road by Bus 37

Alight at Muxidi by Special Bus 1

Alight at Baiyun Road by Bus 650, Bus 45, Bus 26, Bus 727, or Bus 717

Alight at Baiyun Road by Bus 937

Principles for Free Admission (As of March 1st, 2009)

According to a Notice on Free Admission to Public Museums and Memorial Halls, Capital Museum has offered free admission to visitors since 28 March 2008. The Notice was jointly issued by the Department of Central Propaganda, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Culture, and the State Administration Bureau for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and Historical Relics.

In order to further meet visitor expectations and provide a more secure and comfortable environment, our museum has introduced a reservation system.

1. Online reservations: Access the official website of Capital Museum, then go to the ‘online registration’ page and follow the instructions to make reservations. Data will be registered automatically by the system.

2. Telephone reservations: Call the reservation office of the Capital Museum. The office is open from 9:00 to 17:00 every day including holidays.

*Either system will issue a confirmation number. Visitors will be required to show the number or valid ID in order to receive free entrance tickets on the day of their visit.

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Collections
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    Jin ding cauldron

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    Blue-and-white plate with design of Kylin

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    Statue of Vajradhara

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    Sapphire Boat

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    Yidao ping wuqian coin

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    Reading near a Stream with Bamboos

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    Gem-inlaid lidded gold kettle with dragon pattern

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Exhibitions
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Ancient Capital• History and Culture of Beijing

This exhibition chronologically displays the historical development of Beijing, from a primitive residence place to the formation of a polis, from a political center of North China to a united multi-ethnic feudal state, and to the capital of the People’s Republic of China.


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Folk Customs in Old Beijing

The theme of this exhibition is ‘Life in Hutong’. By displaying the scenes of wedding, birth giving and festivals among the ordinary people living in Hutong, it portrays a vivid close-up on customs and rituals of the people’s life in Beijing tracing back history to late Qing and early Republic of China period.

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Sensational Land: Treasures of Jiangxi

Date: February 25th – May, 25th, 2014

Time: 9:00 – 17:00 (closed Mondays)

Venue: Hall D, 3F

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