Beijing Capital Museum
The refurbished Capital Museum, which re-opened
on December 19, is now located at 16 Fuxingmenwai Road in
west Beijing. Formerly housed in the Confucius Temple on Guozijian
Road, the museum pays tribute to Beijing life in bygone eras.
At a cost of 1.23 billion yuan (US$147
million), the new venue can accommodate 2,000 visitors daily.
With a floor area of more than 60,000 square
meters, Capital Museum is second only to the National Museum
of China in terms of size. To see all the exhibitions in the
new museum, it would take at least four or five hours.
There are 5,622 items on display, almost
10 times the number of exhibits displayed at the old venue.
Construction on the new museum started four
years ago. The Beijing municipal government decided that a
bigger venue was necessary to put on display more of the museum's
To make visits more convenient for foreign
visitors, English and Japanese services are available. Other
languages will be added in the future.
A multi-purpose hall can be booked for meetings
and functions, and there are plans to use it for academic
lectures, seminars or movies for the public. The hall is equipped
with presentation facilities including other services such
as a multi-language interpreter service.
The new museum also features a cultural
and museum activity area for the public. Planned activities
include pottery making, a presentation showing how relics
are repaired and preserved, Chinese ink rubbing, and face-painting
Peking Opera style.
In the interactive multimedia hall, visitors
can look forward to "The Treasure of the Capital Museum"
and "A Look at Beijing".
"The Treasure of the Capital Museum"
provides high-definition photos of cultural relics.
"A Look at Beijing" features archive
pictures of Beijing, historical sites, dramas and operas,
and traditional folk art.
A digital movie hall opens its doors at
09:05 AM, with presentations every half hour. Designed much
like an omni theater, the arc-shaped screen presents a viewing
angle of 120 degrees.