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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

This museum features changing exhibits related to political themes such...

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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I've always noted that great building opposite the Great Hall of the People but not since 1985 have I entered. Then it was a bit of a dull hodge podge of pieces that could have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago

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37 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Especially when travelling alone it can be quite confusing to find out how to get in, get the tickets and fulfill all requirements. Once inside, it's definitely worth the trip.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I've always noted that great building opposite the Great Hall of the People but not since 1985 have I entered. Then it was a bit of a dull hodge podge of pieces that could have been interesting if only there had been just a suggestion of English. And so I let it pass each time I was in Beijing. But... More 

Thank artybeee
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The most impressive and interesting aspect of this museum is the building itself - a Speer-like outsized structure that is designed to humble human beings. Just walking around gives you a special feeling. Depending on the personality and taste it could evoke fear, vigor, pride, energy surge..., but universally awe. There are surprisingly few exhibited items for the size of... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This looks to be a work in progress as some part seem to be closed off. I only had time to look at the Ancient China display and I needed much more than three hours. There was enough English for me to understand what was being displayed; any more English interpretation and I would have been overwhelmed. The Museum as... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ok - by this stage of the game, we were prepared to go through a screening process, but we were both "frisked" by security guards. Our cigarette lighters were taken (got different ones when we left). The Museum was a bit disappointing to us - we had expected more sculptures, etc., and many of the halls seemed half empty. We... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A place packed with Chinese history and I could not even finish a third of the museum due to the size and amount of displays around. It is impossible to finish this museum in one day. I hope to visit this museum again.

1 Thank auntiedoris
Xinzheng, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This is one of the five or six greatest museums in the world. It is not a universal museum like the British Museum, Louvre, Hermitage, or Smithsonian, but as a national museum it is right at the top. That is because China has so much history to showcase. I have photographed the entire displayed collections of about 100 museums in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Most of the attractions in Beijing lies within the inner walls of the Old Beijing along Line 2 of the subway stations. I like to divide the attractions in Beijing into 2 main clusters: one cluster concentrated around Andingmen subway station comprising the Lama Temple, the Temple of Earth, the Confucius Temple, the Bell and Drum Tower, the old hutong,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

This is on one side of Tiananmen Square, so it is easy to get to from either of the Tiananmen Square stops on the subway.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

My daughter and I went to a lot of trouble to visit the museum. Long walks, long lines, x-ray scanners more than once, patted down (YES you have to go through a pat down to enter) At some point several people got between us so I made it past the security check and was looking at the first site when... More 

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