Introducing the China National Museum
The National Museum of China is located at the east side of Tiananmen Square which was formerly called the Museum of Chinese History and Museum of Chinese Revolution. It is 313 meters long, 149 meters wide and 40 meters high, covering an area of 69,000 square meters. The building was one of the “Ten Great Constructions” completed for the 10th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in 1959. After four years’ renovation and expansion, the new National Museum reopened on Apr. 1st, 2011 which is the largest museum in the world. There are altogether 48 exhibition rooms in the new National Museum, ranging from 700-2000 square meters. The rooms of Ancient China and Road to Rejuvenation are the main basic exhibitions. There are nearly 3,000 historic relics from Yuanmou Man (1,700,000 years ago) to the abdication of the Qing Emperor in 1912 on display in ten exhibition halls. The modern and contemporary revolutionary relics since the First Opium War in 1840 to the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 are also displayed in nine exhibition halls. There are also a variety of thematic exhibitions in the National Museum, such as the Arts of bronze, porcelain, jade, Chinese calligraphy and paintings, Buddhist statues, Ming and Qing furniture and coins etc.