Capital Museum, Beijing

4 out of 5 stars 7 Reviews

16 Fuxingmen Outer St, Xicheng 10 6339 3339

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    Beijing Capital Museum

    by nepalgoods Updated Dec 31, 2009

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    This museum has been formerly located in the Confuzius Temple. Now it has a spectacular new buidling at Fuxingmen Wai road. The architecture is very interesting and modern. Inside you find an exhibition displaying the history of Beijing. Art and crafts from first finds about 460.000 years old til modern times are exhibited in modern halls. Buddhas Statues can be found there along with things of everyday life in the city in former days.

    I visited the Museum inNovember 2009 and I was totally impressed. The museum ist a must, if want to know more about the history of Beijing and China.

    Opening hours: 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
    Entrance fee; 20 Yuan
    There is also the possibility to reserve a free entrance ticket in advance thru internet.

    Capital Museum Street Scene in Qing Dynasty
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    Capital Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 9, 2009

    This excellent museum first opened in 1981 while the unusual shaped buildings was built in the late 1990s, influenced by the design from ancient Chinese architecture. The Bronze Exhibition Hall, which has an oval-shape, was also meant to symbolise the unearthing of ancient relics by its slanting design in which extends from the ground to the exterior of the museum. Exhibit galleries include Ancient Capital - the history and culture of Beijing; Cultural relics of Peking; Ancient Porcelain; Ancient Buddhist Art; and Beijing Folk Customs.

    Open: 9am-4pm Tue-Sun. Admission: Free

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    Capital Museum - Chinese Civilization

    by SLLiew Written Sep 21, 2008

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    This modern museum is a must if you are into museums.

    There is a free admission if you book 3 days in advance and you have to show your identity (passport). Since the general admission will not include special exhibit, it is better to pay for regular admission and the hassle.

    There are several floors of exhibit halls on the right which you can use the escalators and lifts. On the left, is a spiral exhibit which reminds me of Guggenheim Museum of New York City - you can take a lift or escalators up and then walk sprially down.

    More than 4,000 years of artefacts is a lot to see in one day. There are many priceless Chinese collections as well as some cultural exhibits like a Beijing Opera miniature theatre of one of the top floor. Also several food outlets within the museum.

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    Capital Museum

    by melosh Written Feb 14, 2008

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    This museum is now housed in a modern large rectangular building with extraordinary interior spaces. The titles for most of the exhibits start with the words, "Selected works of . . ." You can view bronzes, jade, calligraphy, porcelain, Ming-Qing classical painting and more. As you would expect there are a number of halls featuring ancient Beijing. I especially liked the exhibition of cultural relics of Peking Opera. There is good lighting and a reasonable amount of explanation in English.
    There is a digital multimedia hall and a digital movie hall that shows a film on "Splendid Beijing" every hour. I skipped this movie.
    Also, there is a tea house, cafe, restaurant, bookstore and a bunch of shops.

    The entrance cost was 30 RMB. It is open 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday. I did not find it crowded during my wintertime visit during Spring Festival. Overall it made for a pleasant and stimulating escape from the weather and the crowded streets.

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    a wonderful design - Capital Museum

    by yangzhigong Written Aug 14, 2007

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    The plan for the Capital Museum, located in the Confucius Temple, was prepared in 1953. The museum formally opened in 1981.
    As a major cultural construction project in Beijing in the “10th Five-Year Plan”, the new Capital Museum, approved by Beijing Municipal Government in 1999, further approved by the State Council after being submitted by the National Development and Reform Commission in 2001, finally commenced its construction in December 2001.
    Under the concern and guidance of Beijing Municipal Government, after four years of hard work, the museum finally makes its debut along the western extension of Chang’an Street, the First Street of China. With its magnificent architecture, abundant exhibitions, advanced technology and complete functions, the Capital Museum, large and modern, makes its contribution to the titles such as “famous historical and cultural city”, “cultural center” and “international metropolis” of Beijing and ranks among the first class museums both at home and abroad.

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    Capital Museum - Bronze Art

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 9, 2009

    The museum has an incredible amount of bronze ware from all ages.

    Open: 9am-4pm Tue-Sun. Admission: Free

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    Capital Museum - Folk Customs

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 9, 2009

    Just some photos from the interesting Folk Customs exhibition located on the top floor.

    Open: 9am-4pm Tue-Sun. Admission: Free

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