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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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Ranked #24 of 1,247 Attractions in Beijing
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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Murray, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The place was the communist revolution history museum. It was considered one of the 10 grand buildings in the 1950s. It was largely unused and, later, heavily refurbished and covered to the national museum. The building looks magnificent. Like most other tourist sites, it lacks essence. There are many exhibits and shows inside. But they are not well documented. It... More

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Xiamen, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

you will need more than a day to take this all in. from history in the bottom floors, to jade and calligraphy and foreign diplomatic gifts displayed on 4th floor - a nice tour of China. enjoyed the open-ness and nice facilities.

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Visited here during my business trip, and I had to say it's quite impressive. It's huge, it contained a lot of information regarding the Chinese history, and more importantly, it's completely free. It's just that Beijing is way too over-crowded and too heavily polluted; it's too dusty that the whole city always seem to be enveloped in deep mist, even... More

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

As a traveller on a budget, a free museum was quite appealing to us. But. Usually, the free stuff isn't very good. This museum is an exception. It is huge, and rich. It's housed over several floors. We had to take our passports and then be issued with a ticket to enter the museum. Thereafter, it's through the security check... More

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Cascais, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I spent a whole morning there, about 5 hours, because I wanted to read about all the Chinese civilizations. Very interesting, it depicts with detail the whole timetable of Chinese civilization, dating back from Pre-History. However, it stops in 1911, with the end of the empire. I was looking forward to visit the rooms that depict China's history between Chiang... More

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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

a word of warning this place is huge and will need 2 to 3 days to see everything in here but is worth it

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

As a traveller on a budget, a free museum was quite appealing to us. But. Usually, free stuff isn't very good. This museum is an exception to the rule. The building itself is massive and, I believe, one of the largest national museums around. It's housed over several floors. To begin with, it's not obvious to find your way around... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Huge museum with a lot of art and artifacts spanning Chinese history. Many items were brought in from surrounding provinces for display. You can select which historic period you wish to explore. The quality of the exhibits reminded me in many of the Smithsonian Museum in the USA. There was a line at the entrance, but admission was free with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Large modern museum over several floors. Lots of space. Free entry but have your passports with you. Good cafe on the ground floor.

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Rio Linda, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I love museums and usually visit the provincial or municipality museum when I am in a city. As a result, I can compare this museum to other museums like the Shanghai Museum, the Beijing Capital Museum, and the Sichuan Provincial Museum. The collection is housed in a very nice building and there are representative pieces from many periods of Chinese... More

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