Capital Museum, opened in May 2006, makes the most of its
well-designed, modernist building to display the history and culture
of Beijing in a refreshingly contemporary style.
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,
do not assume everyone is an experts on Chinese history and culture.
museum, with five floors above ground and two underground, combines
classical and modern aesthetic concepts. The huge roof has
traditional upturned eaves; the grey stone screen wall follows the
style of traditional Beijing architecture. The slanting, protruding
wall of the elliptical bronze hall signifies the bringing to light
of ancient artifacts.
museum has a rich collection of objects from various periods of
China's history, most them unearthed in the Beijing region. The core
exhibitions of the Museum center on the history, culture and
construction of the ancient capital. Another highlight of the Museum
is the imaginatively designed exhibition on the folk customs of old
Beijing, showing how life was lived in the capital in the late Qing
dynasty and early Republican period. The Museum's collection of
ancient bronzes is particularly strong, and forms the focus of a
separate exhibition on bronze arts in the Yan region (Yan was an
ancient name for the Beijing area). The Capital Museum also has a
lively program of temporary and visiting exhibitions, which are an
important addition to the cultural life of the capital.
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.
see all the exhibitions in the new museum would require a visit of
at least four or five hours.
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