Culture Palace of Nationalities in Beijing

Why is the Culture Palace of Nationalities in Beijing so Special?

The Cultural Palace of Minorities is the first national grand nationality museum after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. It has collected about 50 thousand cultural relics of about 55 minority nationalities. The Cultural Palace of Nationalities has a museum, demonstrating these differences with more than 50,000 items, including clothes, musical instruments and craftworks. 

Where is the Culture Palace of Nationalities in Beijing?

The Cultural Palace of Minorities is located on the west end of Chang’an Avenue.

How to Get There

  • Take Subway Line 1 or Line 4 and get off at Xidan Station. Get out from Exit F2 and walk west for about five minutes.
  • Take bus 7, 10, 15, 52, 88 or Fast Transit Line 17 or 31, and get off at Minzu Wenhuagong (Cultural Palace of Nationalities) Station.


Handicraft Article

The arts and crafts of China’s ethnic minorities have a long history, and the arts and crafts of all ethnic groups are simple and dignified. They are not only rooted in the fertile soil of traditional culture of various nationalities, but also grow and develop in the cultural atmosphere of multi-ethnic integration and reflection. They are the bright pearl in the treasure house of Chinese culture.
China’s ethnic arts and crafts are mainly practical crafts, and display crafts also occupy a major position. Arts and crafts are divided into seven categories: ceramic technology, weaving technology, sculpture technology, metal technology, weaving, dyeing, embroidery and clothing, lacquer technology, folk painting and paper-cut art.

Religious Materials

Among the ethnic minorities in our country, religion has a wide and profound influence on many aspects of social life, production, culture, art and customs.
The religious beliefs of ethnic minorities in China can be roughly divided into five situations. First, the primitive religious beliefs, mainly existing in some ethnic groups around the 1950s who still retain a strong remnant of primitive communes, are mainly natural worship and polytheism. The second is Tibetan Buddhism. The third is Mahayana Buddhism. The fourth is Islam.

The representative religious materials in the collection mainly include Classics and classics, idols, magic tools, clothing, musical instruments, paintings, etc.

Musical Instruments

There are more than 500 kinds of traditional Chinese musical instruments. Generally speaking, the northern minorities mostly use string instruments, which have a widespread influence; the southern minorities mostly use percussion instruments and wind instruments, with the distinct regional features. The Museum of national culture palace collects more than 100 kinds of thousands of musical instruments of 50 nationalities.


Ethnic minority dress culture is an important part of Chinese dress culture. Each ethnic group has its own unique clothing style. You can distinguish them by clothes. The Cultural Palace has more than 10000 pieces of wedding dresses for Mongolian women, Tujia women, Miao women and Yi children. This series basically reflects the overall clothing style of all ethnic groups.


The National Library of China is a National Center Library of ethnic minorities and a collection, protection, research and display center of ethnic minority documents in China. It undertakes the important responsibility and mission of providing services for the national work and ethnic culture research institutions of the central state organs, and is a public welfare library open to the whole society.

Useful Travel Tips

  • Admission Fee: Free
  • Opening Hours: 9:00 – 16:00

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