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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Official opening of the National Museum of China

After four years of renovation started in March 2007 and one-year trial period that started with the exhibition The Art of the Enlightenment, the National Museum of China has officialy opened its doors to the public on the 1st of March 2012.

With a total floor space of nearly 191,900 square meters - more than triple the previous exhibition space - including 28 new exhibition halls and state of the art exhibition facilities and storage, the National Museum of China is the largest museum building in the world, presenting a frontal length of 313 meters, a width of 149 meters, and a height of four stories totaling 40 meters.
The museum houses more than 1.2 million cultural relics.

First established in 2003 through the merging of the National Museum of Chinese History and the Museum of the Chinese Revolution, both occupying the same building since 1959, the National Museum of China (中国国家博物馆) is expected to become a world class museum.

On view are the exhbitions "Ancient China", "Road to Revival" and "Ancient Chinese Bronze Art," as well as a presentation about Chinese Buddhist Sculpture.
The special exhibition "The Art of the Enlightenment" can be visited until March 31, 2012.
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