About the NMC

The National Museum of China (NMC) is China's supreme establishment that collects, researches, displays and interprets China's fine traditional culture, revolutionary culture and advanced socialist culture. NMC is the top palace of history and art and a cultural parlor for China. Led by General Secretary Xi Jinping, all members of the Standing Committee of the 18th CPC Central Committee Political Bureau visited NMC’s permanent exhibition “The Road of Rejuvenation” on November 29, 2012. During that visit, General Secretary Xi Jinping called for realizing the Chinese Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, ushering in the new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

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Message from NMC Director

Welcome to the National Museum of China.

Compared to the ancestral temple of Chinese culture, the NMC is the supreme palace of history and art in China displaying China’s excellent traditional culture, revolutionary culture and advanced socialist culture. It houses more than 1.4 million objects as the embodiment and witness of China’s 5,000-year brilliant civilization. It is also the place where a new era begins of socialism with Chinese characteristics: on 29 November 2012, led by General Secretary Xi Jinping, all members of the Standing Committee of the 18th CPC Central Committee Political Bureau visited the NMC’s permanent exhibition The Road of Rejuvenation. During that visit, Xi Jinping called for realizing the Chinese Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

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Mission Statement

Mission and Functions

The National Museum of China is the highest institution in China that collects, studies, displays and interprets the material evidence which best manifests the fineness of China’s traditional culture, revolutionary culture and advanced socialist culture. Being China’s “culture lounge”, it cherishes national memories, passes down national cultural identity and promotes exchanges between civilizations. It is also devoted to developing a discourse specific to Chinese cultural heritage that is in line with the mainstream values and ideology of the country and raising public cultural awareness and confidence.

Guiding Principles

The National Museum of China focuses on the development of professionals, collections, researches, exhibitions and services.

Goals

The National Museum of China aims at becoming a world-leading museum that corresponds to China’s important status in the world, displays its time-honoured history and brilliant civilization, reflects the striking progress in the Chinese socialist drive and addresses the increasing public cultural needs. It is endeavouring to become a centre of collection, research, exhibition, communication and exchange of worldwide influence.

Scope of Operation

Leadership

Wang Chunfa

Director,
Deputy Secretary of CPC Committee

Wang Chunfa was born in November 1963. He began to work in June 1988 and holds a bachelor’s degree in history, a master’s degree in economics and a doctor’s degree in economics. He is a Research Fellow by qualification. He is Director of the NMC (vice minister level) and Deputy Secretary of the CPC Committee of the NMC. He also serves as Director of the NMC Academic Committee, Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of National Museum of China, and a member of the 13th National Committee of the CPPCC.

Shan Wei

Secretary of CPC Committee,
Deputy Director

Shan Wei was born in December 1961. He began to work in August 1984. He holds a bachelor’s degree of literature. He is currently the Secretary of CPC Committee and Deputy Director of the NMC.

Chen Chengjun

Executive Deputy Director

Chen Chengjun was born in February 1966. He began to work in July 1988. Chen holds a bachelor’s degree in history and the qualification of Research Fellow. He is currently the Executive Deputy Director of the NMC.

Feng Jingying

Chief Financial Officer

Feng Jingying was born in May 1963. She began to work in August 1985 and holds a bachelor’s degree. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the NMC.

Gu Jiandong

Deputy Secretary of CPC Committee,
Secretary of Discipline Inspection Committee

Gu Jiandong was born in February 1962. He began to work in November 1980 and holds a postgraduate diploma. He is currently Deputy Secretary of CPC Committee and Secretary of Discipline Inspection Committee of the NMC.

Bai Yuntao

Deputy Director

Baiyuntao was born in February 1961. He began to work in July 1983. He holds a master’s degree in history and is qualified as a Research Fellow. He is currently Deputy Director of the NMC.

Liu Wanming

Deputy Director

Liu Wanming was born in February 1968. He started working in July 1989. A graduate of fine arts programme of the Chinese National Academy of Arts, he holds a bachelor’s degree and is qualified as a First-Class Artist. He is also a Doctoral Supervisor, a council member of the China Artists Association and the Chinese Painting Institute.He currently serves as the Deputy Director of the NMC and member of the 13th National Committee of the CPPCC.

History

July 9, 1912: The Preparatory Office of the National Museum of History was founded by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China. It was located at the Imperial College (Guozijian) in Beijing.

July 1918: The museum was relocated to Duanmen and Wumen of the Forbidden City.

November 1920: The National Museum of History was officially established.

October 1926: The museum officially opened to the public.

October 1949: The museum was renamed the Beijing Museum of History. It was under the Ministry of Culture of the Central People’s Government.

March 1950: The Preparatory Office of the Central Revolution Museum was founded. The site was originally at the Round City (Tuancheng) in the Beihai Park in Beijing, but soon it moved to Wuyingdian of the Forbidden City.

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