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Capital Museum, Beijing

Capital Museum, Beijing (must see)

Capital Art Museum is located on Chang’an Street western extension from where it commenced operation in the year 2005. This museum is known for its advanced technology, abundant exhibits and magnificent architecture. This large contemporary museum is a major landmark in Beijing frequented by thousands of tourists every year.

Harmoniously integrating past and present, this museum displays the rich cultural heritage of the country through art. Capital Art Museum is also an example of contemporary and classical architectural integration with its massive roof and national characteristics.

The roof especially is a standing example of overhang design of traditional Chinese architectural style. The ancient China city wall is depicted by the long stone curtain wall and ancient dias construction style is reflected in the gradient of the square. In front of the hall’s north gate, you can find Danbi, a stone carved with images such as Phoenix and Dragon.

You will enter the hall through the decorative archway that reflects the Ming Dynasty style. You will certainly be impressed with the generous usage of timbers, bronze and stone in the interior of the museum.

You can find unearthed historical heritages and past year collections on display. Regular and temporary exhibitions are held here featuring fine contemporary and traditional artistic collections.

Why You Should Visit:
The permanent exhibitions include highlights such as the history of Beijing, old folk customs, Peking opera, bronze and porcelains... but there are also various changing exhibitions. All are fascinating, nicely displayed and not overwhelming. A great option for 2-3 hours.

Tip:
Free entry, but to be safe you do have to make an online reservation and bring your passport to get in.
Don't forget to bring your own food and drinks with you if planning to stay longer (some people eat in the seated corridors).

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 9am-4pm

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Sight Name: Capital Museum
Sight Location: Beijing, China
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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