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National Museum Of China

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Address: No.16 East Chang'an Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
Phone Number: 010-65263355
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: This museum features changing exhibits related to political themes such as...
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.
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If someone forgets their passport just show something not Chinese and act confused. It has worked.

I believe that in your first time to China, you should go here first and see the history exhibit of 1820 to the present. Some people mention it is now 1911 to the present. That... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Parker, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I believe that in your first time to China, you should go here first and see the history exhibit of 1820 to the present. Some people mention it is now 1911 to the present. That is possible. The goals of the Party are presented throughout. Not everything is translated. If you can not bring a translator, ask a young woman... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The museum is huge and if you intend to see all of the exhibits, you'll need a long time. If you have to choose one section to visit, I'd recommend the ancient exhibit on the bottom floor. It gives a great review of China's history from ancient times up to the 1911 revolution. Free admission, take your passport.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We had been invited to attend a special handling day at a private meeting arranged by Saga. 20 people sat round a table with spotlights between each couple and were issued white gloves. We spent 90 minutes handling artifacts from 200 to 6000 years old whilst being given details by an Archaeologist from the museum. We did not see much... More 

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The National Museum is huge, and only the dedicated could hope to see all of it, so best to pre plan and choose the sections that are of interest and concentrate on them. The 20th century history is interesting (I forget it's official name) which gives a completely one sided and utopian story of the changes in China since the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 via mobile

The national Museum sits along one side of Tiananmen Square, directly across from the Forbidden City. There is simply no excuse not to find the time to visit this amazing treasure. You will surely be at the Forbidden City if you go to Beijing and it is literally across the street. To get across to street, go down into the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

First of all you get free tickets to go inside..It has a lot to see about the heritage of China and you need to go early in the morning as it close at 16:00 like every government building in the country.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Before you enter this museum you have to go to a little room at the side and show your passport; the ticket is free. Security is tight as in so many places in Beijing. Once inside you are met by a hallway of vast proportions, and then you proceed to the exhibits. I think I only covered once section of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Popped in as we were visiting the square and were impressed. Got our free tickets with no problem using our UK driving licence as ID. The building itself is very impressive with loads of height and space. The gifts from representatives from other nations was a very interesting exhibition and loved the paintings and the terracotta warriors were a bonus.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I'm not sure why this place isn't ranked higher. It's free (bring your passport); It's massive (with some stunning architecture); It's varied (with something for everyone); and It's brilliantly located (it's easy to fit it into a trip visiting other places). My personal highlight was the Gallery showcasing diplomatic gifts. Trying to match a gift to a country/continent is a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This large museum right by Tiananmen square and next to the Forbidden City has a collection of sculptures etc from ancient China, including 2 terracotta warriors and a horse (you can save 2 hours travel, if you don't have time or need to see the real thing or ...?), that's really impressive and OLD. No cues, but bring a passport... More 

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