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The Capital Museum was first prepared in 1953 and formally opened in 1981. As a major cultural construction project in Beijing, the new Capital Museum commenced its construction in December 2001, and after four years of hard work, the museum finally makes its debut along the western extension of Chang’an Street, the First Street of China.
The construction of the Capital Museum itself is an architectural artwork integrating both classical and modern beauty. It is of distinct national characteristics on one hand and obvious modern feeling on the other. The architectural design concept of the Capital Museum is “Based on human and cultural heritages to save the society” and underlines “Harmonious integration of past and present, history and modernism, art and nature”.
There are totally 5,622 pieces of historical heritages are exhibited in the exhibitions. Regular exhibitions include “Ancient Capital Beijing- History and Culture”, “Ancient Capital Beijing- Urban Construction” and “Old Stories of Beijing- Exhibition of Old Beijing Folk Customs”. “Ancient Capital Beijing- History and Culture” and “Ancient Capital Beijing- Urban Construction” show the splendid and glorious Beijing culture, which has constantly evolved and gradually formed its glorious development history. They have become the brand exhibitions to build the top-class museum at home.
With its magnificent architecture, abundant exhibitions, advanced technology and complete functions, the Capital Museum, large and modern, makes its contribution to the titles such as “famous historical and cultural city”, “cultural and modern, makes its contribution to the titles such as “famous historical and culture city”, “culture center” and “international metropolis” of Beijing and ranks among the first class museum both at home and abroad.