Beijing Museum: No ¡°Dead Corner¡± in Protection
Beijing Museum, New Experience
New Beijing Museum: Masterpiece of Classicality,
Modernity, and Humanity
New Beijing Museum: Treasured
For Beijing residents, the old Beijing Museum that has lodged in
the Beijing Confucian Temple since 1981 is only an old piece of
architecture neglected by the temple visitors.
Few people know how many artifacts that Beijing Museum really
has. In fact, only about 500 pieces from the 250,000 cultural
exhibits have been displayed throughout the years, and many more
have to be kept in storage due to limited space and out-of-date
New Museum vs. Old Museum
Four years ago, Beijing municipal government started the
construction of the new venue in order to put more of the museum¡¯s
relics on show. The old Beijing Museum finally accomplished her
mission in October and was superseded by the new Beijing Museum,
which started trial operation on December 16th of 2005.
The 1.23-billion-yuan (US$147 million) new
venue, located on the West Chang¡¯an Avenue, covers an area of
24,8000 squar meters. It is 40 meters high and has over 60,000
square meters of floor space.
With five stories above ground and two stories below, this
seven-storied building will have 5,622 items on display, which
are almost 10 times the number of exhibits displayed at the old
venue. Lu Xiaofan, vice director of the museum said that the
museum was expected to be opened officially in two or three
Armed with state-of-the-art technology and equipment, the museum
has 13 initial theme exhibitions, presenting a complete picture of
the city¡¯s history, architecture and folk culture.
The exhibitions can be classified into three
parts-- three basic exhibitions, seven selected works exhibitions
and two temporary exhibitions.
Three basic exhibitions are "Ancient Capital: Chapter on the
History and Culture of Beijing", "Ancient Capital: Urban Consction",
and "Stories of the Capital City--Old Beijing Folk Customs
The seven selected works exhibitions displaying porcelain, bronze, calligraphy, paintings, jade, Buddhist statues, and
stationery are all on show for the first time.