The Arts



The National Museum of China



The National Museum of China flanks the eastern side of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. The building was completed in 1959 commensurate with the ten-year celebration of Communist rule. In 1961 the complex was opened to the public initially as two separate museums, the northern wing home to the Museum of the Chinese Revolution, and the southern wing home to the National Museum of Chinese History. The style of the building complements the opposing Great Hall of the People that was built at the same time. The Beijing History Museum that was founded in 1912 was the predecessor of the history museum.

The structure sits on 40,000 square meters and has a frontal length of 313 m, a height of four stories totaling 40 m, and a width of 149 m. The front displays eleven square pillars at its center. The Museum of Chinese History covers Chinese history from the first human remnants, the Yuanmou Man of 1.7 million years ago, to the time of the end of the last imperial dynasty. It is divided into a section of the Primitive Society (until 4,000 BCE), the Slavery Society (2,100 - 475 BCE), and the Feudal Society (475 BCE- CE 1911). The Museum of the Chinese Revolution covers the history of the Old Democratic Revolution (1840-1911), the New Democratic Revolution (1911-1949), and the “Triumph of the Revolution and the Establishment of Socialism” concerning the events since 1949.

The museum is open 7 days a week, and only closed the day before Chinese New Year. The entry price is ¥ 30.



The Arts :: Museums and Galleries

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