The Great Wall Museum
The Great Wall museum opened to visitor in October 1989 and it is the first one to exhibit the Great Wall culture in a comprehensive and systematic way.
The Museum covers an area of 12,312 square meters with an exhibition area of about 1,766 square meters. Its main building takes a shape of a typical signal fire tower on the Great Wall. Inside the museum there are seven exhibition halls. The basic part of the exhibitions, titled "the great Great Wall", is divided into four sections: the Great Wall in the spring and Autumn Period and the Warring Period, the Great Wall in Qin Dynasty and Han Dynasty, the Great Wall in Sui, Tang, Liao and Jing Dynasty, and the Great Wall in Ming Dynasty. It tells the visitor the history of the Great Wall over the time of 3,000 years and over the distance of 10,000 li (li is a measurement unit; one li is equal to a half kilometer). It also shows the results of the study on the Great Wall and archaeological findings of the last 50 years. There are different exhibiting forms: charts, models, diagrams, texts, and pictures. They, on the one hand, provide rich information for researchers on the Great Wall; on the other hand, provide integrated and direct knowledge for visitors. The museum is really a textbook on the Great Wall culture.