Founded in 1951, the Museum covers a building area of 4800 m2 with the exhibition area of 1800 m2. It is a museum of ethnology specializing in preservation, display and study of ethnic cultural relics of 56 ethnic groups in China. Preserved in it are 14 types, more than 40,000 pieces of cultural relics including production tools, daily articles, religious utensils, costumes, ancient relics, documents and musical instruments. Among them, there are a large number of excellent exhibits of costumes and ornaments that reflect Chinese unparalleled talent and excellent craftsmanship of spinning, dyeing, tanning and embroidering. In addition, there is no lack of treasures of high historical and artistic values such as prehistoric pottery jar, bronze drum in the Eastern Han Dynasty and Buddha statue, Thangka, the Ancestor Image, Dongba Scripture , Pattra-leaf Scripture in the Ming and Qing Dynasty. The presents to Chinese party and state leaders given by the ethnic groups during the early days of the nation are also of high political and historical values. It's worth mentioning that our museum preserves a large amount of religious utensils and cultural relics of ethnic groups in Taiwan, occupying the leading position in both quality and quantity among similar museums. Adhering to the purpose of serving for education, scientific research and the society. Museum of Ethnic Cultures has held dozens of exhibitions in various forms at home and abroad, actively showing our collections of cultural relics. In particular, the various exhibitions in the museum have been the second class for a large number of students and the public to receive patriotic and traditional ethnic education. In 2006, the museum was confirmed as “National Unity and Progress Education Base” by the State Ethnic Affairs Commission; “Patriotism Education Base in Haidian District, Beijing” and “Adolescent Out-school Education in Haidian District, Beijing” by the Beijing Municipal Education Committee.