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National Art Museum Of China

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Address: No.1 Wusi Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
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Phone Number: 86-01-64034952
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Chinese modern and contemporary art - very good

The National Art Museum of China hosts works from contemporary Chinese artists, with a permanent exhibition and a few temporary ones. It is FREE which is great. The museum is in a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed June 25, 2016
Helsinki, Finland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent about an hour at the National Art Museum. A passport is needed to gain entry, which is free of charge. On a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high), this museum ranked about 4. Thought it was arranged well, however it wasn’t very big and was hard to understand the items on display since very little was in English.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Thus museum has enormous space full with huge galleries... Painting collections are absolutely amazing... go there soon cause there are so many collections to see including chinese opera dolls and chinese calligraphy... There is a very nice cafe you can rest for a while and continue! Absolutely worth visiting!

Thank Nazanin E
Falls Church, Virginia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

Just terrible. Showcases the worst aspects of government-funded propaganda art. Full of those paintings of a serene Chairman Mao meeting adoring, rosy-cheeked villagers or ethnic minorities, or of Chinese warships cutting through the seas. What really depressed me is that many of these are contemporary pieces. A horrible identify-the-faces painting of the first meeting of the People's Political Consultative Conference... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

As mentioned by many others, it's a gigantic museum. The lines and time standing in the heat was very oppressive. People do not respect queue in China. However, it moves relatively fast. Still it took about 30/40 min to get in. Passport are required. Once close to the building routanda, Make sure to go across the entrance to get your... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2016

The National Art Museum of China hosts works from contemporary Chinese artists, with a permanent exhibition and a few temporary ones. It is FREE which is great. The museum is in a very nice building that from outside mixes block with old temple architecture but inside is all modern, with nice and adequate lightning. It has 3 floors with exhibitions,... More 

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Munich, Germany
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

The museum is focused on oil paintings. However, almost nothing is explained in English and it is very hard to understand anything. If you have other plans, it is safe to skip.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2016

The National Art Museum of China is much smaller than the National Museum. When I visited there was a nice variety of exhibits including one of very large modern paintings in a traditional style, and an exhibit about the early 20th century writer Lu Xun.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2016 via mobile

Wow is the first expression that comes to mind when I think of my visit here. I could hardly believe that such a wonderful collection of art exists under one roof in Asia. The art focuses on ethnicity in art and artists from near and far have works displayed here. My second surprise was that it was all free!! However... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2016

Amazing art on display if you have time to visit. I liked that the kids here take the time to sit in front of the works, draw and emulate them in their little sketchbooks. It was as if I can see art and tradition being transferred in front of me. Quite fascinating.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2016 via mobile

This place was a nice surprise. Great exhibition from new Chinese artists. Very talented artists. The place was empty and gave us the opportunity to explore the place in a not crowded day. Perfect to place to get used to Beijing.

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