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National Museum Of China

No.16 East Chang'an Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
010-65263355
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As featured in Beijing for free
Ranked #26 of 1,242 attractions in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This museum features changing exhibits related to political themes such as the Opium Wars, the founding of the Communist Party, the Sino-French and... more » Owner description: This museum features changing exhibits related to political themes such as the Opium Wars, the founding of the Communist Party, the Sino-French and Sino-Japanese Wars, the Japanese War, the 1911 Revolution and the social unrest of 1989. « less
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Brisbane, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

When visiting Beijing we were lucky enough to have a local Chinese friend who took us to many tourist sites, when going to this attraction he had organised the day before with the museum (I am not entirely sure what he did) but we skipped the ginormous line out the front and went through a sneaky side door. If we... More

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Museum has a large collection of artefacts and presentations both modern and ancient Chinese history, About half of the exhibits have English captions however if you don't understand the language you can use your imagination. I quite liked the gift shop as it sells more authentic items as opposed to the mass produced plastic junk sold at many vendors in... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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79 reviews 79 reviews
35 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Now is the school summer holiday season in China. There r jostling crowds every where u go. When I stood there at 9.30am, looking at the horrendous crowd queuing just to get up the staircase of the building, I told myself "Oh no, how long will it take just to get in ? Two hours?" Remembering what a TA advisor... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Amazing exhibition! Do visit, but be prepared to queue if visiting over the weekend. Free entry! Don't forget your passport. Foreign nationals obtain a free ticket from the east wing ticket office.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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107 reviews 107 reviews
35 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

You could spend a day or two here, admiring the completely redone interior and the exceptional collections. Be sure not to miss the "Masterpieces of the Collection" room off the main entrance; it's a room full of pictures of Mao Zedong, including a famous oil painting of him standing to declare the PRC. The art of Ancient China exhibit, downstairs,... More

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Dont be put off by the large crowds queuing to get in. Once up the stairs, foreigners get syphoned off to a separate entrance, but then you rejoin the rest (it might save ten minuutes or so). There are masses of people there, but the museum is vast... Ignore those who say you should save all day... In my view... More

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Duszniki Zdrój, Walbrzych, Poland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Sadly I had only a little time to spend there in the Natonal Museum (I was leaving Beijing that day) so I had no time to see everything yet on the other hand, I don't know If it wasn't for the best. Sorry but for me personally this museum was simply boring, I didn't like the way it was made.... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

It's a great place too see but, unfortunately, there are not many english translations for foreigners. So, I have to interpret from the pictures instead.

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Calgary
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We were told there are over 40 halls to see here; we went to the money history hall and art/scrolls hall. If you are a museum buff, this is your holy grail. Security is tight, so do not bring lighters or aerosols with you - you will have to through them out.

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Dubai
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Maybe I was lucky because of the timing (Triennial for Contemporary Art from all around the world), but the quality of art there was pretty good. Some quite thought provoking. Recommended.

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