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“A nice museum if you have a special interest” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Geological Museum of China

Geological Museum of China
No.15 Xisiyangrou Hutong, Xicheng District, Beijing 100034, China
010-66557858
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“A nice museum if you have a special interest”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

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.

Visited May 2013
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Beijing, China
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“Certainly worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

To be honest, this is not somewhere that is likely to make the A list, or even B list, with your average Beijing tourist but for those with either time, inclination or special interest I would highly recommend it. The museum is well laid out and informative with very good English descriptions and lots to see and learn about. I first came here about eight years ago when it was a bit awkward to get to and suffered from some dreadfully propaganda-style displays extolling the virtues of the government's natural resource management. The latter has disappeared and now there is a subway station right in front of the building (Xisi, line 4). There's also a little-visited temple right across the street (Guangji Si).
It doesn't seem to attract a lot of visitors, perhaps because of the entrance charge, so it can make for a refreshing change compared to some other places. The facilities are well-maintained and there is a small gift shop but I didn't notice any food or drink for sale inside. All in all, plenty of rocks, minerals, gemstones and the odd fossil to engage the non-specialist, together with explanations of the Earth's dynamism make for a good hour or more visit.

Visited August 2012
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“Best Geological Museum I've visited”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

This really surprised me. A perfect blend of information and specimens. Not all audio visual and not all cases with cobwebs in. Close to subway, entrance fee was 30 RMB each (adults). It is set out over three floors and has a scientifically laid out collection of minerals, rocks and fossil. There are hundreds of exhibits and the quality was first class. Descriptions & explanations are in English also. My only addition would be to put an artists impression of how the fossil specimens would have looked in real life. Overall, a fantastic place to visit for adults & kids. It's about a 2 to 3 hour visit if you want to soak it up properly. Staff were fine, we left some belongings in behind, but an hour after we left we returned to find them. Staff had them safely stored behind the front desk.

Visited January 2012
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