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National Art Museum of China

Postby inbeijing » Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:51 pm

Telephone: 8610-64006326/84033500 Address: 1 Wusi Dajie, East District,Beijing, China, 100010 Ticket: RMB 20

Located on Wusi Street, the National Art Museum of China was established in 1962 to exhibit outstanding works of modern Chinese artists. The gallery has 6,000 square metres of exhibition space, which is divided into 14 exhibition halls currently housing 10,000 pieces, not including folk art. The central part of the gallery, with four floors, has an ancient Chinese pavilion type roof. The surrounding flat roofs have skylights to allow for natural lighting. The building is decorated with glazed tiles, a traditional Chinese construction material and many of the walls are paved with light yellow ceramic bricks. The designer wanted the building to reflect ceramic art. With the development of a commercial economy, traditional donations from fine artists are now being gradually replaced by sales. The gallery gathers works through a variety of channels which include buying them from national and local exhibitions and offering financial aid to some fine artists who sell their work to the gallery. The research staff at the gallery excels at the development of the study of fine art, and they have published dozens of articles and papers. From 1962 to 1995, the China Art Gallery organized over 1,000 exhibitions covering everything from photography and calligraphy to stamp collections. Some of the shows were co-coordinated with other galleries such as the China Folk Artistic Work Gallery. From 1962 to 1977, the total budget for the gallery was 2.25 million yuan. The average annual budget since 1978 has increased to 560,000 yuan. With profits from the exhibitions, it has the potential to become the nation's finest art gallery.

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Bus: 101, 104 and 108, get off at the station of art gallery
Opening time: 09:00-17:00 (No Entry after 4:00 p.m.)

The Museum has a parking area in the yard. There is parking at the North Street of Dongsi (Dong Si Bei Da Jie), which is the nearest parking to the Museum.

Restaurant and cafe
The Coffee House at the East Hall is accessible during the museum open hours.

The restaurant at the backyard building is accessible between 11:00--14:00 (Telephone: 8610-64009123)

The Art Bookstore is accessible during the museum open hours (Telephone: 8610-64034950)

Other Services
1. Inquiry, depositary, exhibition information, brochures, wheelchair and pram can be obtained at the Information Desk.
2. With valid ID card you may rent Chinese and English audio guides for permanent exhibitions.
3. Ramps are available at the main entrance and elevators and washrooms for physically challenged visitors are available.

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