[Photo by Jiang Dong/China Daily]

An exhibition featuring Confucian culture kicked off at the National Museum of China last Friday.

The exhibition displays more than 700 pieces of cultural relics, documents and artworks related to Confucian culture in four sections to reveal the life and thoughts of Confucius, the development and spread of Confucianism, as well as artworks themed around Confucius.

An educator and philosopher, Confucius (551-479 BC) founded a school of thought, deeply influential on later generations, known as Confucianism. He was also the first to set up private schools in China that enrolled students from different social classes.

The exhibition will last until March 27.