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Address: 126 Tian Qiao Nan Road, Beijing 100050, China
Phone Number: 010-67027702
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

This museum has permanent & changing exhibits & is known for...

This museum has permanent & changing exhibits & is known for it’s dinosaur section. There is also an ancient animal & mammal exhibit, sea creatures and an exhibit on the evolution of humans bodies.

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Robot dinosaurs!

Worth going alone for the robot dinosaur display: entering the giant room full of moving, roaring giant reptiles is like taking a step into Jurassic Park, and warrants a visit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 7, 2014
Jack N
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

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Qingdao, China
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29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Well that was a disappointment. Isn't China well known for Dino bones? I do not where they are but in that museum are only a view and stuffed into a far too small building. Given the small space and far too big variety in what is shown the museum does not deliver any message but that it is unprofessionel. I... More 

Thank Kurtenbach
Auckland, New Zealand
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617 reviews
444 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The superb architecture of the building is let down by the exhibits inside. As stated in previous reviews it is good for children but little appeal for adults. Free entry.

Thank Chris101111
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Given all the wonderful museums in Beijing, I thought the Natural History Museum would be state of the art and deal with many of the recent dinosaur discoveries in China over the last decade. Au contraire! This museum was not crowded for a good reason. It is very dated, with poorly executed exhibits both permanent and temporary. The taxidermy department... More 

Thank JerryMann13
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Worth going alone for the robot dinosaur display: entering the giant room full of moving, roaring giant reptiles is like taking a step into Jurassic Park, and warrants a visit just for that experience (entry was free for us, and otherwise cheap). There's also an impressive safari diorama that was recently built with all kinds of African animals, but the... More 

Thank Jack N
Xi'an, China
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26 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Well considering it was free entry I can't rally complain! We went because we spent the day before exploring sites that were not so interesting for our three children aged 8, 6 and 5. They totally enjoyed this place although it's unremarkable for adults. The dinosaur room was a hit, as was the aquarium part. Also the area in the... More 

Thank nicoleofnine
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43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

A country as big as China with as many fossils as China, in the capital of China really should be able to come up with a better natural history museum. We spent 45 mins and that was with me dragging because we'd spent over than hour in the car to get there and it felt like such a waste. Everything... More 

Thank ShannaAndFamily
Beijing, China
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82 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

...and that's why I went! A good time was had and I think it's not really a bad place to spend an hour or two. Adults may be less impressed than the kids and this is perhaps due to the lack of English legends and the general disrepair of many of the electronic displays. It is possible though to rent... More 

1 Thank Qupnicely
New York City, New York
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

the surrounding surprised us. it is at a very isolated location with nothing interesting or restaurant nearby. we got there late almost noon time, and couldn't find a place to have lunch. The museum is small, the admission is free if you book in advance. the cafeteria inside the museum is really tiny carry only crackers, chinese instant noodle in... More 

Thank NenyaVilya
Monterey, CA
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My friend and I were determined to go after reading the review by the geologist below. I have a bizarre love of bad taxidermy and this museum is THE place to be for that. Unless you count Chairman Mao's body, which apparently was embalmed by the JV mortician. Most of the attractions I visited in China had rudimentary exhibit information,... More 

1 Thank IntrepidTraveler40
Basingstoke, England, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

This place is very cheap to get in - about one British pound - so just go there for an hour, especially if you have kids with you in Beijing. It has some nice dinosaur skeletons, an unexpected aquarium in the basement, nice bits about plants and animals and for me the best bit was the hit and miss taxidermy... More 

1 Thank Mandy G

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