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Beijing Capital Museum, Beijing

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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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  • August 9, 2017
    Museum of one or two at a time would be nice, don't force the kids everything. Upstairs is a permanent exhibition of old Beijing. As Beijing kids should go every six months! I put some feeling into it.
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  • July 19, 2017
    While teaching in China, I went to the Capital Museum with a group of university students. The museum is free and is easy to reach via the Metro (subway), and it is well worth at least a day of your t...  more »
  • July 14, 2017
    The sixth floor has some Beijing local culture displays, and the jade exhibit was good, too. The rest was just okay. Free admission with ID/passports, so can't complain.  more »
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  • January 23, 2017
    Oh. My. God. This museum is HUGE and is amazing. Better than the National Museum of China, in my opinion. A short 5 minute walk from the nearest subway station, and the museum towers before you! The museum is so high, that when there is a lot of fog, the museum seems to "stretch into the clouds"! There is also a lot of parking too! Entry is free, and the staff are really nice! I forgot to bring my passport, but the lady at the desk helped me, and I got to go in! That huge black thing is an auditorium, which showcases movies about the history of Beijing. I really learned a lot! There are also tens of exhibits, from ancient jade sculptures, to artifacts from Buddhist temples. The cafe also serves tasty and cheap food (a buffet, to be exact). The gift shop is a bit disappointing, however, so sorry souvenir lovers! The museum also has a clean and modern design. A must-see in Beijing!
  • January 15, 2017
    Free to tourists with your passport. There's tons of interesting exhibits to look at and the building is gorgeous.
  • July 30, 2016
    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.
  • December 10, 2015
    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.
  • August 9, 2016
    Very nice collection, and really enjoyed the section about the hutongs.

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