This is a nice museum if you have a special interest. We were with a geologist who wanted to see this museum so we went along. It was very informative and well laid out with good English signs. It looked like it was designed with children and school groups in mind, with lots of interactive displays. Many of the interactive computer screens were not working, though, and there was dust in some of the display cases, so it may not get a lot of budget for upkeep. Since it is not in any of the tourist guidebooks we practically had the whole place to ourselves. The guards seemed almost amused by our presence. We especially enjoyed the fossil collection on the third floor. You can touch some of the fossil remains, which is nice. There is a complete skeleton of a young dinosaur on display. The gemstone display was very good. The gift shop has lots of high-end gems, which you can be certain are genuine, along with some high-end prices. Very nice to look at. If you are a casual visitor, an hour will be enough time. If you have a special interest, allow a couple of hours (our friend was over the moon about this museum). Don't miss the large samples on display in the parking lot. Tickets are 30 Rmb per adult.
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