The Beijing Capital Museum houses a sizable collection of imperial Chinese art and artifacts, as well as Buddhist relics from several Asian countries. Five aboveground levels and two basement floors house more than 200,000 pieces, including bronzes, ceramics, textiles, and sculptures. History lovers will be enthralled during their visit.
With such a vast collection, the Beijing Capital Museum offers an excellent introduction to the history of Beijing and Imperial China. A guided tour of Beijing museums provides special insight. Those with a few days to spend in the Chinese capital can see the museum as part of a 3-day city tour. Museum tickets are free, but it’s a good idea to reserve at least one day in advance.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Beijing Capital Museum is a must-visit for history buffs and those looking to get off the beaten path.
- Give yourself at least 2–3 hours to tour the collection.
- Bring your passport or other photo ID, and be prepared to pass through a security check.
- A free audio guide is available in English and Mandarin.
- The museum is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Beijing Capital Museum is easy to reach via public transportation. Take subway Line 1 to Muxidi Station and head east, or take one of several public buses to Gonghui Dalou bus stop.
When to Get There
The Beijing Capital Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday throughout the year. If possible, visit on a weekday morning right when the museum opens, or later in the afternoon an hour or two before close. Avoid visiting on Chinese national holidays when crowds are heaviest.
Highlights of the Museum Collection
There’s a lot to see in this excellent museum. The ancient porcelain exhibit is a favorite, as are the ancient bronzes. Visit the second-floor History and Culture of Beijing gallery, which traces the history of the city. Learn more about the culture of Old Beijing in the fifth-floor Folk Customs of Old Beijing exhibit. The jade exhibit contains nearly 200 intricately carved jade pieces and provided magnifying glasses allow you to easily see the detail.