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Capital Museum and Library

The Capital Museum is located on the grounds of the Confucian Temple to the southeast of the Andingmen Gate. It houses a permanent exhibition that includes more than 1,000 artifacts depicting the 3,000 year history of Beijing. The museum also displays numerous archaeological objects unearthed in the greater Beijing area which include bronzes, vases, stone inscriptions and documents.

Within the same Confucian Temple complex is the Capital Library, which was originally founded in 1913 by Lu Xun, the forefather of modern Chinese writing, as the Metropolitan Popular Library. The library contains around 5 million books and 4 million periodicals and newspapers, of which over one third are in foreign languages.