The plan for the Capital Museum, located in the Confucius Temple, was prepared in 1953. The museum formally opened in 1981. As a major cultural construction project of Beijing and a feature of the government’s “10th Five-Year Plan”, the new Capital Museum was approved by Beijing’s Municipal Government in 1999. It was further approved by the State Council after being submitted by the National Development and Reform Commission in 2001.
Under the concern and guidance of Beijing’s Municipal Government and after four years of hard work, the museum finally made its debut along the western extension of Chang’an Street, the First Street of China. With its magnificent architecture, abundant exhibitions, advanced technology and remarkable functions, the Capital Museum, large and modern, makes its contribution to the titles such as “famous historical and cultural city”, “cultural center” and “international metropolis” of Beijing and ranks among the first class museums both at home and abroad. Ever since the establishment of Beijing’s Capital Museum, it has held hundreds of exhibitions based on various elements of history, from cultural relics, revolutionary heroes, to folk customs and many more. Moreover, the Capital Museum has also held different types of exhibitions on Japan, America, Singapore, Malaysia and several other countries. It has also carried forward numerous contributions that China has made around the world. These exhibitions have depicted several methods of international communication and diplomacy and have been warmly welcomes by both foreign and local audiences.
While visiting Beijing, you may want to stop by the Beijing Capital Museum. With such a rich history, you will certainly enjoy the vibrantly elaborate displays on hand.