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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 #26 of 1,243 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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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

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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Beijing, China
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

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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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It is free with your passport and no line for passport holders. The basement neolithic artifacts were the best part and I spent most of the time there. Some of the modern art was rather dubious. Lots of English signage (not everything but quite a lot) and good displays. Lots of clean bathrooms and good air conditioning are pluses on... More

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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

It is just impossible to visit all in one day. But, this is one amazing museum with lots of information about Chinese history. It is a must to visit, I wished though there were more explanations for the foreign visitors. For the entrance, you need to have your passport with you. And, you cannot take an open water bottle in.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This very imposing building is opposite the Great Hall of the People across Tian an men square. It took a while to figure out what queue to join but soon enough you were pointed to the foreigners entrance. Remember to bring your passport for free entry. Security is tight but this is true of every where in China so its... More

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New York City, New York
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31 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Like many places in China it was overcrowded. Fighting an unruly mob to get in and high security made it less fun. Lots of things to see - many claimed to be over 1000 years old but the truth is I think they are all fake and recreations. Nice to look at but also very boring

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Guam, Mariana Islands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Free admission with your passport on the east gate. Right across Tiananmen Square The modern day exhibit was a very extensive. "this is the microphone used by ** at **" "this is the pen used by ** when he **" "these are the slippers used by ** when he hung out in **" It's huge so you can definitely skip... More

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