Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum (北京古代建筑博物馆)

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21 Dongjing Jie
A restored Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) temple is the location of Beijing’s first architecture museum. The outdoor exhibits and picturesque grounds make it feel more like touring a section of the Summer Palace than a stuffy museum. The indoor exhibitions give highly specific details on ancient construction techniques, materials and various styles of architecture – charting the development of Chinese construction from mud huts to today's cloud-greeting skyscrapers. Perfect for design and building enthusiasts, or anyone interested in Chinese history. If you fancy taking home a souvenir, bring a spare 500,000RMB for a marble statue from the eye-wateringly expensive gift shop.

Don’t miss The jaw-droppingly beautiful ceiling carving in the Tai Sui (Jupiter) Hall.
Estimated time One to two hours.
English provisions English translations and descriptions are sparing, but English audio guide is available.
Venue name: Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum (北京古代建筑博物馆)
Opening hours: 9am-5pm Tue-Sun
Admission: 15RMB
English address: 21 Dongjing Jie, Xicheng district
Chinese address: 西城区东经路21号
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