Tourists in Beijing are visiting the National Museum of China this year to mark a special anniversary.
Celebrating its centennial year, the impressive museum is home to artefacts and artworks covering over 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Located just east of Tiananmen Square, the National Museum recently completed four years of renovation and reopened its expansive 200,000 square metre space to visitors in 2011.
“Not only has the museum amassed 5,000 years of Chinese art and cultural heritage, the museum itself is a testimony to the Chinese road to revival in the past century,” museum director Lu Zhangshen said.
“It provides high-quality exhibitions reflective of the fruits of world civilization.”
The renovation expanded the museum’s interior, tripling the exhibition space and adding 28 new exhibition halls to display the varied range of national art and artefacts in the museum’s collection.
With an average patronage of 30,000 visitors daily, the museum has been boosting its collections and opening a number of new exhibits in an effort to help promote it as a “world-class museum”.
“The museum tries to highlight both history and art from China’s 5,000 years of culture,”
“In addition to free exhibitions, the museum also hosts various activities to provide cultural services for the public. We’ve designed a special area for young people to experience art and history, staged performances on intangible cultural heritage and invited experts to give lectures.”