National Museum of China

On August 17, 2011, in Beijing, Museums, Must-sees, by Jack Li

China is full of culture and history, almost everything that you can see, smell, hear and taste in China has a story behind it. A great place to go to get background knowledge about it all is from museums and one of the most infamous ones in China is the National Museum of China. When you Travel to Beijing and have your Beijing Tours don’t forget to visit this monument which is located in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The mission of the museum is to educate people about the arts and history of China.

The National Museum of China (NMC) was founded in February 2003 after a merger between the former National Museum of Chinese History and the National Museum of Chinese Revolution. NMC is an integrated national museum under the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China it focuses on both history and art. Not only this but the museum puts a great emphasise and dedication to its collection, exhibitions, research, archaeology, public education, and cultural communication.

The National Museum holds the country’s most important historical objects. Through China’s History Exhibition, these are shown to visitors from both inside and outside China, to display the long history and continuous civilization of the Chinese people. At the same time, the museum undertakes education projects, archaeological excavations and scientific research, which it puts a great value on. The earliest item on display is the teeth of Yuanmou Man from Yunnan Province, dating back to about 1,700,000 years. The most recent are historical artefacts from Xinhai Revolution of 1911.

The National Museum of China contains over 620,385 cultural items in its permanent art collection and the museum displays many precious and rare Chinese historical artefacts which are not found in many other museums in China or the world.

Some of the most important collections at the National Museum of China are; the “Simuwu Ding” (a form of vessel) from the Shang Dynasty, which was cast over 3,000 years ago and weighing 832.84 kg. This is the heaviest ancient bronze ware in the world. The Shang Dynasty square bronze “Zun” (wine vessel) is decorated with four sheep heads, a large rare inscribed Western Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC – 771 BC) bronze Pan, gold-inlaid bronze tally in the shape of a tiger from the Qin Dynasty, a Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) jade burial suit sewn with gold thread,and a comprehensive collection of tri-coloured glazed sancai of the Tang Dynasty and ceramics from the Song Dynasty.

In addition to seeing these ancient artefacts, spectators also come to partake in exhibitions. In the past the museum has had a lot of exhibitions on artists such as; Art of Pan Tianshou, Art of Li Keran and Art of Huang Zhou. But the exhibitions aren’t limited to just being about art, they range of many different talks, there is an exhibition coming up on ancient Chinese money. It demonstrates the historical development of ancient Chinese money, the connections between economic development and the issuance and circulation of currency within each period.

To embrace the history of China get Beijing Flights and experience how China got to where it is today.

Jack Li

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