Housed inside a restored Ming Dynasty temple, this interesting museum features a large model of old Beijing and exhibits of traditional architecture, giving a glimpse of life as it was before the city walls were torn down. The building itself is an example of ancient architecture, as it was the former site of the Xiannong altar, or Altar of Agriculture, where Qing emperors performed ceremonies during the spring equinox. Leaders used to come to this site to hold rituals to pray for a healthy harvest and plow the first furrows. English explanations are found throughout the building. The museum also has models of all the significant buildings in Beijing, so travelers can preview what they want to visit later.
- Tini Tran