National Museum reopens to the public and visitors
After four years of renovation and costing 2.5 billion yuan, China’s National Museum reopens with state of the art facilities, and have expanded to 191,900 square meters with around 49 exhibition rooms. Expansions done to the museum made it one of the largest in the world.
Before the museum was an embarrassment, visitors walking from the eastern side of the Tienanmen Square had to make their way through mazes of poorly lit exhibition halls, leaky toilets with molds on the doors, and crowded hallways. Visitors also found it disappointing that there were only a few items on display and most of them were coins. Provincial museums found in Shaanxi and Henan have better and bigger collections than the National museum.
The museum now boasts of displays of one million cultural relics, and valuable collections. One highlight is the Si Muwu bronze quadrate vessel that measures 1.33 meters high and weighs around 833 kilos. Museum curators dates the vessel back about 3,500 years. Two regular exhibitions will be featured in the museum one will feature pieces from ancient China, the other will showcase Chinese history since the opium wars in 1840.
The museum will only be allowing 3,000 visitors a day, 2,000 of this visitors are part of a group and about 1,000 allowed to enter are individuals. Groups that are planning to visit should book in advance, while visiting individuals can get tickets at the entrance.