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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 #27 of 1,243 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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I am not a fan of most museums, but those who are will probably enjoy this more than we did. The building is new and impressive. It is located in a historical part of Beijing, so it is easy to include this stop with other must see attractions. We were told we needed a passport to get it, but they... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

ID essential for entry - ideally your passport, but a debit/credit card can also be used if you say you work for local government. Be warned: No ID no entry! Located next to Tiananmen Square. Pros: -Great architecture. -Free entry - did I mention ID required? -Airport style security (bag scan, body check) on entry makes you feel safe. -Air-con... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A passport check to get a free ticket. When I asked why they needed my passport I was told it was for my name, but the name section of the ticket was blank. I hate pointless passport checks, especially as they keep happening in China! Upon entry to the museum we were confronted by 6 intimidating security guards. Once we... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This museum is worth visiting for three reasons: 1) It's one of the rare attractions in Beijing that is FREE. Just don't forget to bring your passport with you, because you will have to show it at the admissions office to get your free ticket. 2) You'll be able to learn a lot about Chinese history. Many exhibitions (especially the... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Go to the basement first and travel through all the dynasties of China from Xia to Qing. That will take you well over 3 hours. If you have time, visit Jade and Coins on higher floors. In the Jade section, there is no English translation and it is pretty hard to even know the age of the objects. However, at... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

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

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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