Capital Museum (首都博物馆)

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16 Fuxingmenwai Dajie Free
The Capital Museum tells the story of Beijing from when it was a few mere rice paddies right up until the founding of the People’s Republic, and tells it well. The chronological order of the artefacts on the first floor – laid out in a huge timeline – helps visitors understand the narrative of this great city we call home, while upstairs the ‘Exhibition on Folk Customs’ adds some colour, with lifelike figures set in traditional scenes adorned with bright, festive clothing.

Don’t miss Climb to the top floor and walk down the spiral walkway to see jade, porcelain, traditional watercolours and calligraphy.
Estimated time One hour.
English provisions All exhibits have English labels, though descriptions are limited.
Venue name: Capital Museum (首都博物馆)
Opening hours: 9am-5pm Tue-Sun (last tickets 4pm; book tickets in advance)
Admission: FREE (passport/ID required)
English address: 16 Fuxingmenwai Dajie, Xicheng district
Chinese address: 西城区复兴门复兴门外大街16号
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