Greeting visitors at the first floor are two enormous stone lions that were in the Imperial Park at Beijing and date from the Qing Dynasty--the same crew whose imperial court started off the show. And that's pretty much it, which makes the first floor a fairly weak link. Viewers will hunger for more, which is obviously what the museum had in mind: Close to those stone lions is the gift shop, right on the way to the parking lot.
There's only one drawback to Imperial Tombs of China--it's too popular and too crowded. Then again, think about poor Emperor Qinshihuang. He had to share his home with a cast of 8,000--for all eternity, no less.
Imperial Tombs of China, through March 16 at the Denver Museum of Natural History, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, 322-7009.