In July 2010, with the approval of the CPC Central Committee and the Central Military Commission, the exhibition building reinforcement and renovation project of the Military Museum was officially initiated. According to the construction criterion of the world first-class museum, the floor area of the main building will be expanded from 60,000 to 150,000 square meters and the exhibition area from 30,000-plus square meters to nearly 70,000 square meters after the project is completed.
In August 2012 the new plan for the exhibition system in the Military Museum got approved by the General Political Department and the Central Military Commission. In light of the new plan, the layout of the exhibitions will be boldly adjusted and the exhibits greatly enriched such that the exhibitions will be more visitor-friendly,with distinctive themes highlighted by core elements. Moreover, cutting-edge displaying techniques will be adopted so that the exhibits and the exhibition-hall environment well set off each other. In this way, the exhibition area in the museum will look aesthetically charming. Moreover, visitors’ experience will be substantially enhanced, with the improvement of visitor services, interactive multi-media, digital search and inquiries and extra-curriculum activities. The measures and environments for preservation of cultural relics will be improved in an all-round manner. As thus, the Military Museum will rank among the first-class museums in the world as an impressive platform for presenting the Chinese culture to domestic and foreign visitors.
In addition, to act in the spirit of the Sixth Plenary Session of the 17th Central Committee of the CPC and follow the Central Military Committee’s opinion on strengthening the building of advanced military culture, the Military Museum is playing an active role in the cultural construction in Beijing by making full use of its rich collections, promoting the transformation of the museum and expanding the space for its future development. In cooperation with Beijing municipal government, the Military Museum is building a large-scale Military Culture Park in Fengtai District. This newly-constructed hyper-base for defense education covering an area of 3,000 mu is composed of five zones, namely, exhibition zone of weapons, interaction zone, zone for summer camp and military training, zone of military cultural creation and restoration of cultural relics, as well as zone for commemoration. The construction agreement was officially signed on 8 May, 2012 and the project is advancing smoothly as scheduled. Some parts of the park are expected to be open to the public in October 2013.