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National Museum of China officially opens to the public

03-03-2012 11:18 BJT

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The renovated and enlarged National Museum of China, located to the east of Tian'anmen Square in central Beijing, officially opened to the public on Thursday. After a year of trial operation, the National Museum has received more than 4 million visitors. Already, the renovated space has become the new icon and major destination for visitors to the Chinese capital.

The National Museum of China covers nearly 200 thousand square meters, making it the largest museum in the world. It houses more than 1.2 million cultural relics and artworks, and contains 48 large exhibition halls, a theatre, a conference hall and a broadcasting studio.

The renovated and enlarged National Museum of China, located to the east of
Tian'anmen Square in central Beijing, officially opened to the public on
March 1, 2012.

Over the past year, the museum has held more than 50 large-scale exhibitions, organized academic seminars and symposiums on arts and cultural heritage, and received more than 4.1 million visitors.

Lu Zhangshen, the curator of National Museum of China, said," The collections in the museum are classics. There are more than 60 thousand jade articles, porcelains, calligraphy and paintings, as well as bronze Buddha statues. These will all be gradually opened to the public."

To help visitors find their way through its four floors above ground and two underground floors, the museum offers handheld audio guides, touch screens, and free guide software for mobile phones.

Huang Chen, the director of education of National Museum of China, said," The audio guide contains 20-hours of information, covering nearly one thousand relics. There are Chinese and English versions."

The National Museum was established in 2003 by the merging of the two separate museums that had occupied the same building since 1959: the Museum of the Chinese Revolution in the north wing and the National Museum of Chinese History in the southern wing. Nowadays, the museum has become a calling card for China and symbol of national pride.

 

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