Beijing Chinese Ethnic Culture Museum
The Beijing Chinese Ethnic Culture Museum, also known as the Chinese Ethnic Culture Park, collects, exhibits, displays and studies cultural relics, and the culture and art of the 56 ethnic groups in China. It also serves as a large cultural base where visitors may enjoy viewing the traditional architecture, local customs, arts and crafts, and songs and dances, and sample the cuisines of the various ethnic minority peoples of China.
This park is located on the western side of the Northern Axle Road. Comprising the South and North Compounds, it covers an area of 400,000 sq m, with an exhibition hall of 10,000 sq m, and 4,000 sq m of storerooms for relics. There are 200 structures, including reproductions of buildings of 40 ethnic minorities. Housed in the museum are 100,000 articles used by various nationalities. There are a dozen permanent exhibitions, titled "Exhibition of China's Aboriginal Peoples," "Exhibition of Cultural Relics of China's Ethnic Minorities," "'Exhibition of the Costumes of China's 56 Ethnic Groups," "Exhibition of Religious Objects and Daily Necessities of the Tibetan People," "Photographs of the Dai Nationality," and so on. The museum has produced eight publications, including Buildings in the Beijing Chinese Ethnic Culture museum and Features of china's Ethnic Minority PeoPles.
Various activities aimed at displaying the traditions and cultures of China's ethnic groups are carried out here in order to propagate mutual understanding and unity between the country's different nationalities. Education is one of the major roles of this museum.