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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 #25 of 1,229 attractions in Beijing
Type: Museums
Fee: No
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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Alice Springs, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
29 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

As a foreign visitor, you need to bring your passport for entrance. Straight to the right end to get the free ticket then pass the security check. After that it's all yours. It is a very big place that you can't cover in few hours.

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Scotland
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45 reviews 45 reviews
34 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

If you're visiting, remember your passport and walk into the museum for free. Also make a point to clear out your calendar, because this museum is huge. You could spend a full day here and probably still miss out on something. There are several floors, and the majority of signs are bilingual so you can wander at your own pace... More

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New York City, New York
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82 reviews 82 reviews
36 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Here is where you can see many of the best artifacts available in China without having to travel to other places. The revolving displays keep the Museum up to date.

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Santa Rosa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

There is much to see at the Peoples National Museum of China. I give this an average because even though it is free, you have to show your passport. This was not needed in my other visits in Beijing. You could take pictures of the permanent artifacts, but not the temporary objects. It was hard to tell the difference. Never... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Upon entry get ready for a pat down, bag search and get metal detected. Apart from the high security of the museum it was an amazing place to spend time in on a snowy Beijing day. Get ready to spend a whole day there. The museum is huge and covers almost the whole of Chinese history under the one roof.... More

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Colorado Springs
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38 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Recently renovated with items well presented ... most with English on the descriptions along with Chinese. Easy to get too ... just get off the subway at the East Tianamen Square station on Line 1 ... follow signs, you will be exiting on South side of the station (We carry a small compass). Bring your passport for free entry. Open... More

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Hong Kong
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The National Museum of China is in Beijing, in the Tiananmen Square area: Due to fact that foreigners do not seem welcome I can only rate this as an Average excursion. Firstly unless you are going there on a tour bus, then its a difficult place to get to at the onset. There are no areas dedicated to private transport... More

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Cupertino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The museum is monstrous in size and the exhibitions are small compared to the available floor space. If you are pressed for time, skip everything except for Ancient China in the basement. In fact, it was the only exhibition that really excited me and I wish I had seen it before all the other exhibitions. Sure, if you have a... More

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Bladensburg, Maryland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

This museum is schizophrenic -- i could never decide what it really was or was intended to be. The building is huge -- about 2 blks long with 30-40 ft ceilings, massive corridors (some of which lead nowhere), a huge outside front entrance piazza -- all of which equals LOTS of dead/empty/unused spaces inside. I thought maybe its real purpose... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

National Museum of China is well organised and the permanent exhibition on China's history is beautifully done. And as a bonus a most of the explanations are also in English.

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