Discover Beijing Time Museum

2017-05-19 16:16 千龙网

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At the foot of the over-700-year-old Beijing Bell and Drum Tower, there is a Ming-style antique courtyard named Beijing Time Museum. It is Beijing’s first public welfare museum on the theme of time, and it was put into trail operation on May 18, 2015, the 39th International Museum day.

Photo taken on Sept. 14, 2016 shows the aerial view of Beijing Time Museum, Dongcheng district, Beijing. [Photo/Qianlong]

With a total construction area of 14,720 square meters, the museum has exhibition halls on the ground floor and three underground floors for parking, catering and other businesses.

The museum’s decoration details are inherited from traditional Chinese building, and its subtle, simple and elegant courtyard style goes well with the nearby Beijing Bell and Drum Tower, which has served as the time calculator for Beijing citizens through the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Its main building looks pretty grand for it was built with brick and wooden structures and six supporting pillars in the “three-door” style.


Photo taken on Sept. 14, 2016 shows the building of Beijing Time Museum, Dongcheng district, Beijing. [Photo/Qianlong]


Photo taken on May 18, 2017 shows the building of Beijing Time Museum, Dongcheng district, Beijing. [Photo/Qianlong]


Photo taken on May 18, 2017 shows the interior view of Beijing Time Museum, Dongcheng district, Beijing. [Photo/Qianlong]

The museum has a permanent exhibition hall and a temporary exhibition hall. The permanent exhibition showcases the history of Chinese people’s understanding of time and the development of calendars and timers mainly by posters, models and videos.

A large number of exquisite clocks from the court are showcased in the hall, including one of the world’s only two existing cloisonne lotus flower clocks during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (1736-1795). The well-preserved and still going clock has become the most precious treasure of the museum. In addition, the museum also exhibits four replica bronze heads of ox, tiger, monkey and pig from the zodiac fountain in the Yuanmingyuan, which are actually parts of a timer.


An exquisite clock is showcased at Beijing Time Museum, Dongcheng, Beijing, May 18, 2017. [Photo/Qianlong]


An exquisite clock is showcased at Beijing Time Museum, Dongcheng, Beijing, May 18, 2017. [Photo/Qianlong]



Four replica bronze heads of ox, tiger, monkey and pig from the zodiac fountain in the Yuanmingyuan are showcased at Beijing Time Museum, Dongcheng, Beijing, May 18, 2017. [Photo/Qianlong]

Various high-quality culture and art exhibitions are also held for the public and art lovers at the temporary exhibition hall throughout the year.


A temporary exhibition of “Li Fuyuan’s Tsai-mo Art” is held at Beijing Time Museum, Dongcheng, Beijing, May 18, 2017. [Photo/Qianlong]

It is learned that the site of Beijing Time Museum used to be urban villages in 2005 and all residents were relocated in 2008. At the end of 2010, as one of the projects of constructing Beijing Bell and Drum Tower and its surrounding historical reservation zone, Beijing Time Museum was officially approved to start construction by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage. In 2011, Dongcheng district started to improve the surrounding environment of Beijing Bell and Drum Tower, and the project topped the ten protection projects to be completed in 2013. In 2015, Beijing Time Museum officially opened to the public.

Take your time to visit the museum, and you can learn the history and development of Beijing Bell and Drum Tower and its surrounding areas, enjoy art treasures, and have a close touch with the history of Chinese time culture in the museum.

If you go

Admission: free

Opening time: 10:00-16:00, from Monday to Friday

Transport: take subway Line 8, get off at Shichahai Station, and then walk north for about five minutes.

责任编辑:Ai Ting(QN0043)