Introduction of Exhibition

1. The Exhibition of Fine Artistic Collection of Ancient Chinaware puts on display 179 pieces of fine artistic collection of chinaware unearthed in Beijing or passed on from history. They are represented by the chinaware pieces unearthed in the cultural relic sites, tombs and cellars in Beijing that span the Liao-Jing Dynasty through the Ming and Qing dynasties. They are on show in the four exhibition halls of Song-Liao-Jing, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties.

2.The Exhibition of Fine Artistic Collection of Ancient Buddha Statues is divided into the two categories of the Han Art of Buddha Statues and Tibet Art of Buddha Statues. It puts on display 262 pieces of fine Han and Tibet Buddha Statues collected by the Capital Museum and other museums in the Beijing area.

3. The Exhibition of Fine Artistic Collection of Ancient Calligraphy is themed with the culture and art of calligraphy in the capital city. The exhibits mainly include the calligraphy masterpieces of great masters of the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties that were collected or circulated in Beijing. The exhibition comprises the Treasure of Calligraphy and the Royal Style of Calligraphy Masterpieces.
A total of 51 fine pieces are on display.

4. The Exhibition of Fine Artistic Collection of Ancient Paintings shows the masterpieces of the men of letters and the royal court of the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.
The exhibition comprises three parts: from [the Tang Dynasty to the Yuan Dynasty], Ming Dynasty, Qing Dynasty. The parts of the Ming and Qing dynasties are the most important and contains nearly 60 pieces of cultural relics and paintings.

5. The Exhibition of Fine Artistic Collection of Ancient Jade Ware, which proceeds from the perspective of the Beijing Jade culture, demonstrates the characteristics of the capital city culture represented by a pool of exquisite jade ware and an assembly of fine jade masterpieces.
The exhibition comprises three parts: from the Neolithic New Stone Age to the South-North Dynasty, [Sui and Tang Dynasties to Liao and Jing Dynasties] the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. There are 182 pieces of cultural relics on display.

6. The Exhibition of Fine Artistic Collection of Gadgets of Studies follows the themes of the Four Treasures of studies and presents to the audience the Four Treasures - brush pens, ink, rice paper and ink slab, as well as a series of fine and elegant study articles such as the ink rest, pen rack, dish for cleaning the writing brush, brush pot, small container of water for ink stone, seal box and seals. A total of 120 pieces are on display.

7. The Exhibition of Fine Collection of Ancient Beijing Bronze Art is dominated with two themes -- the bronze ware of Central China and the Northern grassland cultures on the one hand and the bronze ware of the Xizhou Dynasty and Dongzhou Dynasty on the other. It presents the unique aspect of bronze age culture in the Beijing area. There are 132 pieces of bronze ware on display.

Ancient Capital -- History and Culture.
Beijing is well known for its long history and unique culture.
The splendid and glorious culture of the Chinese nation has been typically reflected in Beijing.
Viewed from the perspective of the human thought, the exhibition unveils the historical growth and development of Beijing, starting from primitive tribes to the emergence of a city, which grows into the political center of China, then further into the Capital of a united, feudal state with multiple ethnic groups, and finally into an international metropolitan city that is still evolving in the present day.

Ancient Capital Beijing -- Urban Construction in Beijing
The city is an important symbol marking the origin of human civilization, also the carrier of human cultures.
The Beijing area was the capital of the Yan State during the Xizhou Dynasty, when Beijing began its history as a city.
The exhibition displays the geographical and political advantages of Beijing during its formation and development as a city. The water system of Beijing, its overall city planning and scientific layout, the buildings in the capital city, and the characteristics and innovative features of the urban development of Beijing at different stages form the track of the city's development. Its development unveils the profound cultural essence of Beijing as an ancient capital, as well as thousands of years of its growth process.

Old Stories of Beijing -- Exhibition of Old Beijing Folk Customs
The folk customs of Old Beijing originate from thousands of years of its geographic, ethnic, religious and etiquette features.
The exhibition sets Beijing in the background of a royal city with more than 800 years of history since its founding. It tells the story of several families living in the same lane of Old Beijing between the late Qing Dynasty and the early years of the Republic of China era. It covers a few major events in daily life: the wedding night, the birth of a new life, birthday celebrations of old-aged people, and celebrations bidding farewell to the past year and greeting the new year. The life and customs of old Beijing residents in the past are fully presented to the audience.

Detailed Location of Each Exhibition Hall

  Square Hall Round Hall
Basement Temporary Exhibition Hall Multifunctional Hall
First Floor Temporary Exhibition Hall Multimedia Playing HallInteractive Hall
Second Floor Ancient Capital -- History and Culture Exhibition of Fine Artistic Collection of Ancient Calligraphy
Third Floor Ancient Capital Beijing -- Urban Construction Exhibition of Fine Artistic Collection of Ancient Paintings
Fourth Floor Exhibition of Fine Artistic Collection of Ancient ChinawareExhibition of Fine Artistic Collection of Ancient Buddha StatuesDrama Stage Exhibition of Fine Artistic Collection of Ancient Jade Ware
Fifth Floor Old Stories of Beijing -- Exhibition of Old Beijing Folk Customs Exhibition of Fine Artistic Collection of Ancient Jade Ware
Sixth Floor
  Exhibition of Fine Gadgets of Studies