Opening Times: April 1st – October 31st 8:30 to 17:00 November 1st – March 31st 8:30 to 16:30
Address: 4 Jingshan Front St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing, China, 100006
地址：中国北京市东城区景山前街4号 邮编 100006
Established in 1925, the Palace Museum is located in the imperial palace of the consecutive Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. The magnificent architectural complex, also known as the Forbidden City, and the vast holdings of paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, and antiquities of the imperial collections make it one of the most prestigious museums in China and the world. In 1961, the State Council designated the former imperial residence as one of China’s foremost-protected cultural heritage sites, and in 1987 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Situated in the heart of Beijing, the Palace Museum is approached through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian’an men). Immediately to the north of the Palace Museum is Prospect Hill (also called Coal Hill), while on the east and west are the Wangfujing and Zhongnanhai neighbourhoods. Ancient China’s astronomers endowed the location with cosmic significance. They correlated the emperor’s abode, which they considered the pivot of the terrestrial world, with the Pole Star (Ziwei yuan)—believed to be the center of the heavens. Because of its centrality and restricted access, the palace was called the Forbidden City.
The collections of the Palace Museum originate from the Qing imperial collection and include ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, bronzes, timepieces, jades, palace paraphernalia, ancient books, and historical documents. With rich collections representing the broad spectrum of 5,000 years of Chinese civilisation and the 600 year history of the Forbidden City, the Palace Museum has seen many developments since its founding in 1925 and looks forward to carrying on the legacy of the past for future generations.