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Beijing Capital Museum, Beijing

(4.2/5 based on 300+ 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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  • I've been here, China has a rich culture and history. You can see a lot of things that made before this century. If you like history you must come here. every weeks, there always new exhibition about ...  more »
  • This is a world class museum with plenty to see. If you want to get a taste of history, this is a great place to go. 
  • The only reason (if you advance a couple of hours) for which go to the capital Museum, is to see the architectural plan, with this Bell of prayer embedded in a huge building with 5 floors virtually empty. Large gaps, brilliant, escalators, a curious faux marble bar that serves only the and packaged cookies, for few and little significant pieces of history in Beijing. Take a look at the building on Google images and don't bother with this museum.
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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!