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Museum of Natural History

126 Tian Qiao Nan Road, Beijing 100050, China
010-67027702
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As featured in Beijing for young kids
Ranked #160 of 1,242 Attractions in Beijing
Type: Natural History Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum has permanent & changing exhibits & is known for it’s dinosaur section. There is also an ancient animal & mammal exhibit, sea creatures... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Xi'an, China
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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

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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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

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Beijing, China
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82 reviews 82 reviews
40 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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

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New York City, New York
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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

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Monterey, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 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

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Basingstoke, England, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
30 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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

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Melbourne, Australia
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50 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Very dated... this exhibition which features some very vicious-looking dinosaurs and animals, was still quite nice to visit, considering that I had never been to a Natural History Museum before. Entry was cheap but there were a lot of broken displays and exhibits which was a shame. A lot of people kept looking at me which was disconcerting, I mean,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012 via mobile

So I figured (as a geologist) this museum HAD to be best place to see those amazing Chinese vertebrates and feathered dinosaurs, right ? The dinosaurs that were theredid indeed have great poses, predatory, life-like. And the clutches of eggs -amazing. Dinos - A+ But the TOTALLY lame mammals stole the show, what a crack-up. I had to take pictures... More

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Bristol
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012 via mobile

Said to be one of the top museums in Beijing, this museum was a dissappointment. The displays were quite dated, and the animatronic dinosaurs, that are supposed to be the best bit were all broken. Plus there is no English translation of signs on the displays.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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1,200 reviews 1,200 reviews
1,007 attraction reviews
584 helpful votes 584 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

This is a cute little museum, and as long as you do not expect much, you're sure to get something for the 10RMB ticket. The museum offers some exhibits, but the main attraction for me was the dinosaurs. there are numerous skeletons of various species and actually being so close to them is really exciting and humbling. If you're not... More

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