Near the Beijing Da-Guan Garden with antique flavor, there is a tranquil and original museum-the Museum of Ancient Pottery Civilization, one of the first batch of privately-run museums.
Museum of Ancient Pottery Civilization is one specialized in pottery culture. The culture relics it preserves are conformed of three series, including over 100 ancient painted potteries of Neolithic Age and potteries of Zhou, Qin and Han Dynasties, over 300 tiles with a circular facade of Warring States period and Qin and Han Dynasties, and over 1000 lutes of Qin and Han Dynasties, as well as about 3000 ancient potteries of other fields concerned.
All these relics form a nearly complete and vivid history of pottery civilization. Many of the relics belong to 4R grade, among which the lutes of Qin Dynasty can be seen as the first collection of government official names and geography records of China's united feudal kingdoms, and the source and files of China's generations of government systems.
The museum displays nearly 600 relics in a fixed way and the relics are divided into four parts: "painted pottery nest", "tiles panorama" "rare lutes" and "series of ancient potteries". Displayed together with these relics, there is the series of multi artistic languages of Lu Dongzhi.
Address: 12 West Nancaiyuan Street, Xuanwu District, Beijing
Bus Route: by bus No. 3 (special), 10, 19, 59, 122, 410, 603, 626, 716 and 937.
Self-drive Route: Turn to east at the crossing north to the Da-Guan Garden Hotel and drive for 100m.
Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00 (except Monday)
Nearby Restaurants: Da-Guan Garden Hotel, Rongguofu and Tongquetai restaurants.
Admission Fee: 20 Yuan; 10 Yuan for students.
Tel: 8610-63538884, 8610-63538811
(China.org.cn August 25, 2005)