The Palace Museum

  • Type:

    History
  • Tel:

    010-86489090
  • Opening Hours:

    8 a.m - 5 p.m

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The Palace Museum

The Palace Museum was established in 1925 on the basis of the Forbidden City, the imperial palace of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

In 1961, the State Council designated the former imperial residence as one of China's foremost-protected cultural heritage sites, and in 1987 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Palace Museum is also the largest and best-preserved wooden palace complex in the world. The Forbidden City is 961 meters long from nor...

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The Palace Museum

The Palace Museum was established in 1925 on the basis of the Forbidden City, the imperial palace of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

In 1961, the State Council designated the former imperial residence as one of China's foremost-protected cultural heritage sites, and in 1987 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Palace Museum is also the largest and best-preserved wooden palace complex in the world. The Forbidden City is 961 meters long from north to south and 753 meters wide from east to west. It is the pride of the Chinese nation and the precious cultural heritage of all mankind. Today, the 1.12 million square meters of the Forbidden City are not only a huge treasure house for collections of Ming and Qing royal treasures, but also a vivid archive that records the history of Ming and Qing royal courts.

The Palace Museum is not only a protection and management organization for the Forbidden City complexes and palace historical sites, but also a collection, research and display organization for ancient Chinese cultural artworks based on the relics collected by Ming and Qing imperial families. The Palace Museum has a complete system of cultural relics, covering ancient and modern times, with excellent quality and rich categories. The total number of existing collections has reached more than 1.8 million pieces (sets), including Ming and Qing cultural relics, ancient building, books and other collections. The collections can be divided into 25 major categories. Among them, there are more than 8,000 first-class collections (sets).

The Palace Museum greatly enriches the collections of cultural relics by means of state allocation, solicitation from the society and acceptance of private donations, forming ancient calligraphy and painting, ancient utensils, The palace cultural relics, book archives and other fields have formed a series of precious collections with a total of more than 1.86 million pieces. You can stroll through the cultural relics hall of the Palace Museum, or enjoy the frequently launched special cultural relics exhibitions, so that you can have a more complete understanding of the great achievements of the Chinese nation's arts and crafts.

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How many collections does the Palace Museum have up to now?

According to the official website of the Palace Museum, it owns 1,863,404 pieces (sets) of collections as of August 2022.

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