The Paleozoological Museum is located across the main road from the zoo in a building just a little further west of the Planetarium: look for the dinosaurs on the grass verge. It’s an older building and, despite a couple of revamped rooms downstairs that concentrate on more recent periods, quite shabby inside. It reminded me of a run-down public bathhouse and was reminiscent of the older animal houses in the zoo across the road – somewhat ‘institutional’. Aesthetics aside, there are three small floors with a variety of real and reconstructed exhibits – some full-size dinosaur skeletons and different types of fossils. If, like me, you have a youngster very keen on such things then you can’t wrong for an hour or so but otherwise I think this would be an unlikely stop on a typical tour.
Generally speaking, I did enjoy my visit but this is one place that has next to no English language signage on any of the exhibits and some of the lighting appeared very harsh to me. The shop is way overpriced, too. Admission is a little high for what it is at 20rmb a pop but it’s free for kids under 1.2m and also for OAPs with ID, though you may need to ask more than once to get them in for free.
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