Xuannan Culture Museum
No.9 Changchun Street, Xuanwu District, Beijing, China
: Southwest of Tiananmen
: 4.3 km away from the city center Tiananmen Square
Subway Line 2 at Changchun Station
Bus No.5, 6, 57, 109, 381, 613, 715, 717, 743, 822, 853 at Niujie Crossroad West
Bus No.10, 38, 626, 853 at Xuanwu Hospital Station
Located in Changchun Street, the predecessor of Xuannan Culture Museum is Changchun Temple. Changchun Temple was first built by the emperor Shenzong in Ming dynasty for his mother. Changchun was taken for longevity. In the year 2002, it was renovated into a culture museum with both the exhibition halls indoor and outdoor and the culture relic itself. It opened to the public in 2005 and became a beautiful landscape to show the ancient capital style of Beijing.
Why got its this name
Xuannan Cultural Museum was first called Changchun Temple. It was built in 1592 by Ming Shenzong for his birth mother Queen Li. Emperor Wanli titled it Changchun, which means healthy and long-lived. It was called the first temple in the capital at that time.
Each Exhibition Hall
The Exhibition Hall of the History of Xuannan
Three thousand years earlier, our ancestors lived in this plain around with mountains and water. Dynasties changed and passed, which played their own roles and histories of ancient Beijing. Xuannan is just the one that we can not forget.
The Exhibition Hall of the Scholar Town of Xuannan
The scholar culture of Xuannan rose in Ming Dynasty and bloomed in Qing Dynasty. With the prosperity of royal examination, scholar candidates from different provinces gathered in the south of Capital Beijing. During the prosperous period of Kangxi and Qianlong, scholars were gathered together to do history compilation. Till the compilation of Siku Quanshu, scholars from the whole country got their way to the government and the extensive dynamic academic atmosphere and literary environment were formed. That had created special space for the culture prosperity.
The Exhibition Hall of Hero Prints
On this land, many revolutionary pioneers had been looking for the way to nation revitalization and left their prints of life and fighting.
The Exhibition Hall of Chinese Drama
Chinese drama has passed eight hundred years and was listed top three classical drama in the world. The birth and development of Beijing Opera had close relationship with Xuannan. Generations of Beijing Opera Maestros lived here and hundreds of Beijing Opera actors grew here. Xuannan is surely called the Town of Beijing Opera.
The Exhibition Hall of Capital Folk Music
Beijing custom culture and folk art are valid and fresh. Changdian and Tianqiao are logos. They are the featured brands of Xuannan Culture.
The Exhibition Hall of Capital Business
At the beginning of Ming Yongle Dynasty, shops were set in the business prosperous area. In Qing dynasty, South town of Beijing had become the must place to go to Beijing city for those officers, scholars and businessmen. Then various types of business area were formed. And today, many old but famous brands were still stands there to show Xuannan culture. Dashila, Caishikou, Liulichang, Tianqiao are all full of their own feature.
The Exhibition Hall of Chinese Nations
Niujie Street area is the historical gathering place of minority-inhabited area. Hundreds of years later, different Chinese nations lived harmoniously together here and they wrote the beautiful page of Xuannan culture.
The Exhibition Hall of the Result of Protecting Xuannan Culture
09:00 - 16:30
Closed on Monday
Last admission at 16:00
It's free. There is no staffs in the exhibition halls. I went to Xuannan Cultural Museum in the weekend. It's not spacious. The exhibition includes several parts. I have watched some albums and books before and I was familiar with some of the exhibitions. The exhibition effect n such a small exhibition hall is quite precious.
Views from Travelers
It's really good. Although hidden in the noisy city, this small courtyard are still telling hundreds of years history of Old Beijing.
I had known this museum before in the free museum list. And finally I came. In not so big a courtyard, there are several exhibition halls with various contents. The environment inside is good. The statues put lots of vitality into the small courtyard.
This is a famous scenery spot in Beijing. When I first came to Beijing, I heard quite a lot about this place. During the May Day Holiday, I came with my classmates. It is really elegant. The vintage architecture is full of Beijing flavor.
I went to Xuannan Cultural Museum in a rainy day. The quietness inside is amazing, which is quite precious in such a noisy city.
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