The origin of the Museum of Antiquities is the Antiquities Center of the School of History. On January 14, 1999, the university decided to found the Museum of Antiquities and set up a committee chaired by the late professor BAI Shouyi, one of the most famous Chinese historians, to supervise the establishment of the Museum. In October 2000, the Museum was completed and opened to public. Professor QI Gong* inscribed its name on the plaque.
The Museum systematically and comprehensively collects treasured antiquities, reflecting the Chinese history of ancient times, presenting the magnificent culture of China and introducing brilliant Chinese civilizations to the visitors from both the university and abroad. The Museum only displays a small fraction of its total precious relics of over 10,000 pieces, including painted pottery, inscriptions on animal bones and tortoise shells, jade articles, bronze vessels, copper mirrors, coins, Tang dynasty tri-colored glazed pottery, sculptures, bronze seals, lacquer ware, cloisonné, porcelains, Chinese calligraphy and Chinese painting. Most of the antiquities are from collections of Beijing Normal University and the former Fu Jen Catholic University. Some were collected and donated by professors and alumni. Especially, Prof. CHEN Yuan, the first president of the university, donated his personal collections to the Museum.
*QI Gong: the late professor at Beijing Normal University, the most famous contemporary Chinese calligrapher, prestigious researcher in Chinese classical literature, reputed historian