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Enjoy a special visit to the Palace Museum

December 7th, 2020

The Palace Museum is one of the world’s most renowned cultural heritage sites. As the largest and the best-preserved wooden imperial architecture complex in the world, it served as the home of 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The Museum consists of 9046 rooms and maintains more than 1.86 million pieces in its collection.

Building on our online collection of treasures of the Palace Museum, today, Google Arts & Culture unveils a new exhibition that allows people everywhere to explore parts of this famous site virtually.

The Palace Museum
The Palace Museum

Visitors can enjoy a 360-degree virtual tour of three main structures—the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the Meridian Gate, and the Gate of Supreme Harmony.  The Hall of Supreme Harmony was the venue for grand imperial ceremonies and, with its double layer of eaves and portico, is among the most prominent examples of ancient Chinese architecture.

360° virtual visit to the Gate of Supreme Harmony, the Hall of Supreme Harmony and the Meridian Gate
360° virtual visit to the Gate of Supreme Harmony, the Hall of Supreme Harmony and the Meridian Gate

In addition, we’re launching 19 new online exhibitions with high-resolution images of thrones and decorations in the Palace Museum, some of which are not usually accessible to visitors. These include rare paintings that show the splendor of life in the Forbidden City, such as an Album Leaf from The Grand Wedding of the Guangxu Emperor, which is being displayed online for the first time.

Enjoy a special visit to the Palace Museum
The Unique Design of the Three Great Halls
Enjoy a special visit to the Palace Museum
Attend the Grand Wedding of the Guangxu Emperor
Enjoy a special visit to the Palace Museum
A Closer Look at the Qing Emperor’s Grand Inspection Armor
Enjoy a special visit to the Palace Museum
Explore the Hall of Supreme Harmony
Enjoy a special visit to the Palace Museum
Take A Tour of the Gate of Supreme Harmony
Enjoy a special visit to the Palace Museum
Spot the Sacred Animals in the Imperial Palace

The Palace Museum is truly a global treasure. We hope this new exhibition allows people everywhere to learn more about their heritage and grandeur.