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Beijing Capital Museum, Beijing
(4.2/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web)
Discover the artistic heritage of imperial China at Beijing Capital Museum, which focuses particularly on artifacts found around the capital. Established in 1981 and relocated to postmodern steel-and-glass facility in 2006, the museum boasts a collection of over 200,000 pieces, though it displays just a small number of these at any one time. Take a tour through the history of the country, and at times the wider region, by admiring the designs and differences of the porcelain, bronze figures and jewelry, calligraphy, jade ornaments and jewelry, and paintings from different eras. Using our international travel planner, Beijing attractions like Beijing Capital Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Celebrating its 35th year, this landmark edifice has a varied and fascinating permanent collection. Temporary exhibitions are also staged and the Capital Cities of the Yuan Dynasty was in progress at ...  more »
  • Capital Museum is less than ten years old, and it is housed in a completely striking building, handily near Muxidi subway station. So far admission is free, and there are twice five floors of exhibits...  more »
  • A large, modern and well-designed museum. It is just about 5 minutes' walk from the nearest subway station. Very easy to find. Entrance is free. Except for elders over 65, others better make reservati...  more »
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  • Interesting exhibits featured. The main exhibit showcases the history of china through the relics unearthed over the years. Most of the exhibits are in Chinese though with few English captions.
  • The Capital Museum of Beijing is one of the biggest and most modern art museums in China. It was originally located in the Confucius Temple in 1981 and later a new museum was built in a different location and opened to the public in 2006. With its magnificent architecture, abundant exhibitions, advanced technology and complete functions, the Capital Museum contributes to Beijing’s standing as a famous historical and cultural city, a cultural centre and an international metropolis and ranks among the first class museums both at home and abroad and is regarded as one of the first “State First-class Museums” in 2008.
  • It's a 300 m walk (5 min) from exit C1 of the Muxidi metro station on line 1. Continue forward before you reach the pedestrian bridge and it is the big building on your right. Free admittance with a passport. There are five floors with exhibits on Beijing's history and culture. The 5th floor is hutong culture with displays of traditional marriage, Chinese new year, and birthday (longevity); this was my favorite. All items are beautifully arranged, behind glass with a direct spotlight, with simple English names but there's no further English text about the details. In each showroom, there are attendants whom carry paddles with pictures of prohibited acts (like no flash photography, etc). They repeatedly walk the full perimeter of the room carrying their paddles at mid-waist; it is hypnotic to watch them. Each floor has a souvenir store that is related to the theme of the floor. A very modern museum with beautifully arranged exhibits. You need 2-3 hours.
  • Very nice collection, and really enjoyed the section about the hutongs.
  • Very cool, bring your camera!