National Museum gets major makeover

National Museum gets major makeover

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The newly renovated National Museum of China in Beijing has great hopes that it will be a major new destination for visitors.

After being closed for three years, the museum reopens on April 1 with two permanent exhibitions - Ancient China and The Road to Rejuvenation. These exhibitions present China's ancient, pre-modern and contemporary history.

China.org.cn reports renovations to the museum cost RMB 2.5 billion (US$379 million).

It is said to be the world's largest national museum, with a floor space of nearly 200,000 square meters and more than 1.05 million items in its permanent collection.

The museum complex, originally occupied by the Museum of Chinese History and the Museum of Chinese Revolution on the eastern side of Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, was first opened to the public in 1959.

The National Museum of China was established in 2003 following the merger of the Museum of Chinese History and the Museum of Chinese Revolution.