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Beijing Capital Museum

No.16 Fuxingmenwai Main Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100045, China
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Ranked #37 of 1,228 attractions in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Description: Fantastic building filled with exhibitions and amazing displays. 5 floors of unique Chinese art not to be missed.
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Beijing, China
4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Facility is beautiful - very modern and very clean! Exhibits are well signed in multiple languages. 9 and 12 year old children were interested in what was displayed (even though it seemed many things were carved with a "beast face"). Elevator is slow to get to the top floor (and very small) so best to take the escalators.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Entrance is free! Modern building, easily reached by underground. It's a museum of Chinese artifacts with huge exhibitions rooms. We visited the jade and the porcelain galleries with all their priceless treasures. This museum focuses on smaller works of art which was a great contrast to the huge historical sites, The museum is modern, well presented, easy to manage on... More

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Binghamton, New York
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10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and quantity of exhibits. While not as large as the National Museum, it has five full floors of exhibits. Some exhibits pertain to Beijing specifically and others to Chinese history and culture. I enjoyed the exhibits that related to more recent history (Qing and ROC). Chinese museums tend to concentrate on the very... More

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Surrey, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

I'm from Shanghai and it was before I moved to Canada that I finally paid a visit to Beijing Capital Museum. This place is free if you book your visit online in advance, so make sure you do that! And also, ask for electronic tour guide equipment at the service desk to learn the most out of it. The collection... More

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Eastham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

We spent a nice afternoon at the Capital Museum during the October National Holiday. It was much less crowded than places like the Summer Palace. A very modern building, it had excellent air conditioning which is a major plus when the Beijing smog sets in. We just walked in and presented our passports and the admission was free. There were... More

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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Ultimately, this museum, while in an impressive looking building, has only a few galleries, that dabbles in a bit of historical artifacts and pottery. The focus is supposedly on Beijing itself, although I got a feeling that there was still more capital related historical items in the History Museum, along with more of everything else. You'd be better off going... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Typically, it lacks english explanations which is a shame as they have a stack of obviously significant history on display. There us an audio guide, but largely useless. It only works on either floor 1 or 3 (not both, and none of the other 4 floors!!). I think I was one of 20people in the whole building.

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El Paso, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

It's a very good museum in Beijing. They have some amazing exhibition for both ancient and modern chinese arts. But if it's your first time visiting Beijing and your time is limited, I would recommend you to visit Forbidden City, the Palce of Museum and Temple of Heaven at first.

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Daly City, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

If you are in Beijing for one day and you want to see everything...then just come here! It literally contains a compact version of Beijing inside the museum. From folklore, to history to tradition to architecture. A few of the floors change every 3 months or so, so you can comeback here again to see another collection of treasures or... More

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Newport, UK
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

A very modern building with a very pleasant area downstairs for sitting, getting refreshments and visiting the museum shop. Interesting section on the Hutong areas and life in them over the years. There is also a reconstruction of a traditional Beijing Opera stage with costumes on display and the scripts for some operas. The painting section was closed when I... More

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