Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal Museum ready for exhibitions

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The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal Museum located in Beijing's sub-center in Tongzhou district will open to the public by the end of this year, and stage four kinds of exhibitions with nearly 6,000 cultural relics. 

According to Zhang Yu, a person in charge of the preparations of the museum, the entire exhibition space will reach 32,000 square meters, featuring permanent exhibitions, thematic exhibitions, experience zones for audience, and temporary exhibitions. Part of the exhibitions will be staged by the end of this year, while the remaining exhibitions will be unveiled next year. 

The layout of the museum has also been announced. Two temporary exhibition halls will be placed in the first floor of the museum, while the second floor will feature the permanent exhibition to showcase the ties between the Grand Canal and Beijing. Thematic exhibitions will be located at the third floor, with a digital exhibition hall to give a more immersive experience to visitors. 

To further enrich the content of the exhibitions, the museum has started soliciting Grand Canal-related cultural relics from across the world. 

In addition, to highlight the main characteristics of the ancient Grand Canal, two main buildings of the museum were designed in the shape of an ancient ship and a huge sail, respectively. Covering an area of nearly 100,000 square meters, the museum has been actively seeking to improve the experience for visitors by optimizing its spatial layout and setting up a public hall to display exhibition information and short videos, said Jia Chengliang, executive manager of the museum. 

To better protect cultural relics, the museum has adopted advanced seismic isolation technologies and installed isolation bearings on the 242 structural columns, which could reduce seismic force by 74%. The earthquake-proof design effectively ensures the safety of the main structures of the building, key facilities, and cultural relics. 

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