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Arts & Museums
Altogether a fun and educational museum, the Chinese Science and Technology Museum has some great hands-on exhibits dealing with electricity, gravity and all your favorite science experiments. Within the large Historical Exhibits hall you can learn about the lives of those scientists who have changed our lives, as well as seeing monthly exhibits, shows and displays. A giant circular screen shows films about evolution, modern science and space exploration. Call ahead for film topics and times as well as special events.
As the largest private gallery in Beijing, the Yan Huang Art Museum is important to Beijing's rapidly evolving art scene. Founded by well known artist Huang Zhou, there are traditional paintings, calligraphy, political cartoons, inks and wood block prints. The museum's entire third floor focuses on works from the Song Dynasty whereas the second floor caters to contemporary exhibitions.
This six-hall museum traces the history of sports in China over the past 5,000 years with a collection of cultural relics, photos, paintings, trophies and medals. On display in the Ancient Sports Hall are exhibits portraying sporting activities in imperial China, while the Contemporary Hall traces sporting development from 1840-1949. The three modern sports halls, which constitute the main body of the museum, outline achievements since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. The spiraling structure of the museum also shows off the unique variety of the sports of the country's 56 ethnic groups, including Mongolian wrestling and Korean seesawing and swinging.
With a large collection of books, magazines, newspapers, photos, and letters among other things, the National Museum of Modern Chinese Literature is as much a library as it is a museum. There are also more museum-like features such as exhibitions and lectures. However, the scope of the museum is not completely limited to Chinese authors, it also houses literature written by authors abroad from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and other countries.
Arario Beijing is a branch of the Arario in Seoul, housed in the Jiuchang (liquor factory), which has been in the Chaoyang District for over 30 years, but has only been an art gallery since 2005. While the main focus is Asian art, this space brings together pieces from all over the world, hoping to break down international boundaries through a sense of artistic community. For further information, please check the website.
The Chinese Ethnic Culture Park in downtown Beijing includes 55 village gardens characterized by the folk styles of 55 Chinese ethnic groups. A variety of performances, held nearly every day, take place in the gardens. A compelling summer event is the Dai people's Water-Splashing Festival. From July 1 to August 31, many Dai girls in traditional costumes perform dances and throw water at each other and at tourists, too!
See recent works from up and coming artists thanks to this student gallery. All mediums can be seen here and not just from current students, faculty and alumni art is also displayed. Large shows dedicated to students collections usually take place at the end of the school term, making it the ideal time to visit.
A fairly recent addition to Beijing's museums, the Wax Museum offers a chance to see all of your favorite Chinese historical, political and cultural figures carefully prepared from large slabs of wax. While it is not London's Madam Tussaud's, it is interesting enough for a visit and maybe a slight giggle. If you don't find the museum to your liking, you can always take a walk through popular Di Tan Park and take part in the lifestyles of "real" Chinese.
The Confucius Temple is a beautiful temple with several courtyards and halls. Created in the Yuan Dynasty in 1302, the temple celebrates the philosopher Confucius. There are several myths and stories about the temple, including a tree that can tell when someone is good or bad. The adjoining museum reviews the life of Confucius and how his philosophies influenced the world today as we know it.
Money can come in many different forms: bulky as bronze shovels, iron knives and gold bars, or as small as shells and silver dollars. With a collection of nearly 1,000 items of currency, this educational museum seeks to trace the evolution of Chinese currency while unveiling the aesthetic values of the Chinese people, and the development of the social, economic and cultural conditions in China.
Bringing contemporary art to the forefront is what Creek Art is persistently trying to do. Great stress in laid on the expression of the artist and the communication of the former to the audiences. Though the space in 798 Art district is geographically smaller than the one established in Shanghai, It nevertheless has a strong presence in the art hub.
A very unique art space funded and founded by a Life Insurance Cooperation, the Taikang Top space aims at inspiring talent that is both experimental and has a vision for the future. Talent comes tows in funding that support the artists initiative. A thought of nobility that truly nurture growing art.