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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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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 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
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Falls Church, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2016

It's a 550 m walk (10 min) from exit E of the Dongsi metro station on line 5. Free admittance with a passport. There are five floors with exhibits on puppets, calligraphy, and paintings. All items are beautifully arranged, behind glass with a direct spotlight, with simple English names but there's no further English text about the details. My 2... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

This is been an accident exhibition of Chinese artist. Over the years I've been here multiple times and never been disappointed. The building is relatively small, exhibition are normally on three different floors. If you enter after 3:30 the admission is free.

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