Beijing Capital Museum was formerly located in the Confucius Temple at Guozijian Street, Andingmen. It was prepared to build up in 1953 and was officially opened to the outside world in 1981.
The new Capital Museum, opened to the public in 2005 after four years’ construction, was located on Fuxingmenwai Dajie, the western extension of Beijing's Chang'an Street. The museum is a five-storey building allowing for a maximum of 13 concurrent exhibitions, which can be viewed in about 5 hours at the price of 20 yuan (US$2.50) per visitor.
The Museum tells the story of ancient Beijing, which has served as a capital city for more than 850 years. The Museum is second only to China National Museum in terms of size.
The Capital Museum houses more than 200,000 cultural relics, recording the 500,000-year human history of Beijing, the city's 3,000-year history and its eight centuries as the capital of China. There is no other place like the Capital Museum of Beijing where people can see how life was in ancient times in Beijing.
With its magnificent architecture, abundant exhibitions, advanced technology and complete functions, the Capital Museum, large and modern, ranks among the first class museums both at home and abroad.