Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution

Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution, Beijing

Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution

Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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JonasCN
By JonasCN
A Gem for History Bluffs and Best Military Museum Asia
Jun 2019
The military museum was renovated recently. Ticket is free but you need to bring along your ID or passport if you are a foreigner to enter. The renovated museum has more air conditioned areas and better lighting. There is a QR code next to each exhibit that you can click to find out more. This museum is a real gem for history bluffs as they kept the all war trophies in the museum. They are also well preserved with detailed descriptors of how they were captured. A few rich war trophies are the T62 tank captured during the 1969 Sino-Soviet border conflict, American U2 spy plane shot down in 1965, Stalin's ZIS-11 armoured car gift to Mao Zedong in 1949, Japanese Type 97 tank used to parade Tiananmen during Independence Day 1949 and Terracotta warriors from Qin Dynasty. For a history bluff, it will take 3-4 hours to complete the visit. Definitely well worth the visit and one of the most comprehensive and best military museum in Asia, and easily accessible by subway too. The only area to improve is perhaps the disparity between English and Chinese descriptors. Not all exhibits have both Chinese and English descriptors. But the trick is to google or bing the model number of the exhibit and the English descriptor can be found in Wikipedia. It is one way to work around the Chinese text. There are a number of floors in this museum. One advice: If you cannot spare 3-4 hours in this museum, you might just want to focus on level 1(historical planes, ships and cars) and basement 1 (the historical army tank section). The other levels which consist of modern equipment, gun section and paintings are highly forgettable. Reason is cause the modern equipment section are mostly cheap looking replicas (cause there are the latest weapons like drones and fighter jets which are trade secrets), gun section with few descriptors and historical context, and paintings of more propaganda showcase that can also be found in Beijing National Museum.

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JonasCN
Singapore, Singapore4,051 contributions
A Gem for History Bluffs and Best Military Museum Asia
Jun 2019
The military museum was renovated recently. Ticket is free but you need to bring along your ID or passport if you are a foreigner to enter. The renovated museum has more air conditioned areas and better lighting. There is a QR code next to each exhibit that you can click to find out more. This museum is a real gem for history bluffs as they kept the all war trophies in the museum. They are also well preserved with detailed descriptors of how they were captured. A few rich war trophies are the T62 tank captured during the 1969 Sino-Soviet border conflict, American U2 spy plane shot down in 1965, Stalin's ZIS-11 armoured car gift to Mao Zedong in 1949, Japanese Type 97 tank used to parade Tiananmen during Independence Day 1949 and Terracotta warriors from Qin Dynasty. For a history bluff, it will take 3-4 hours to complete the visit. Definitely well worth the visit and one of the most comprehensive and best military museum in Asia, and easily accessible by subway too. The only area to improve is perhaps the disparity between English and Chinese descriptors. Not all exhibits have both Chinese and English descriptors. But the trick is to google or bing the model number of the exhibit and the English descriptor can be found in Wikipedia. It is one way to work around the Chinese text. There are a number of floors in this museum. One advice: If you cannot spare 3-4 hours in this museum, you might just want to focus on level 1(historical planes, ships and cars) and basement 1 (the historical army tank section). The other levels which consist of modern equipment, gun section and paintings are highly forgettable. Reason is cause the modern equipment section are mostly cheap looking replicas (cause there are the latest weapons like drones and fighter jets which are trade secrets), gun section with few descriptors and historical context, and paintings of more propaganda showcase that can also be found in Beijing National Museum.
Written January 19, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

InnaYYZ
Toronto, Canada1,489 contributions
War museum
Sep 2019 • Business
The museum is loaded with historical weapons of war, such as tanks, armoured carriers, many types of automated weapons such as machine guns, rocket launchers, torpedoes, and much more.
Written September 13, 2019
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Scott B
Colorado Springs, CO296 contributions
Cool museum
Jul 2019
If you are a military buff, definitely worth the visit. Keep in mind though that museums are closed on Monday. If you are going by metro, take Line 1 (Red) to the Military Museum stop. The metro is right next to the museum.
When you go up to the ticket window, make sure you have your passport to get your free ticket. There is also a locker room in the building to put your backpack. I didn't have a backpack so I don't know the details about that.
Once you go into the museum, you are greeted by a large status of Chairman Mao. Keep in mind you are going to get a different view of history, most notably about the Korean War (not in words, but the paintings).
The amount of weapons is pretty amazing and from many different countries (see my pictures). The 1940-1950 weaponry from the USA or other western countries, I imagine, was captured during the Korean War.
For the early Chinese history, as you enter each area there is a placard in Chinese and English, but as you go further into the museum for history from the last 100 years or so, everything else will be in Chinese (other than some of the weaponry placards that describe what type of weapon it is).
The small arms area is pretty cool, and unfortunately for Chinese, this is the closest they will get to any type of firearms. As you get into the more modern weaponry, particularly with aircraft, you can't help but see how some of their weapons look like western weapons. That goes to the communist belief though that intellectual property belongs to everyone.
Definitely a place to visit, I easily spent 3 hours here. I didn't see many foreigners here, so as in everywhere in China, get used to being stared at.
Probably would have given it a 4 if they had English descriptions on more of the displays; it is in Beijing after all.
Written August 8, 2019
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Fatboy
15 contributions
History and guns what more could you want
Jun 2019 • Friends
This is free to visit but do remember your ID card or passport it is air conditioned so a great reprieve from the heat and very interesting if you like guns and history.
Written July 2, 2019
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Explorer T
Singapore, Singapore244 contributions
Free museum good to spend sometime
Mar 2019 • Solo
Entry is free but you have to present an identification (passport etc) to get the ticket/ entry.
Found this place by chance and I was there during weekday afternoon - there were many local Chinese in the place (didn’t see many foreigners or tourists) the exhibits explanation are In Chinese.
Museum has lots of air planes, tanks and artillery that were used during the war and revolution. Very interesting and worth to spend an afternoon if you have finished touring the other main attractions in Beijing.
Written April 27, 2019
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Bronwyn
113 contributions
Free admission, very busy, most floors were closed
Feb 2019 • Solo
Went here and enjoyed myself - love socialist history and socialist realism - but only the main floor was open and it was quite packed. Wish the rest of it had been open!
Written February 25, 2019
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George W
Male, null, Maldives14 contributions
A good visit for history buffs or school age kids
Jan 2019
Took my locally schooled 7 year old for an afternoon visit. A visit time of around 2 hours is just about right. The entrance floor is mostly aircraft while the downstairs is mostly tanks, artillery, cannons, and other field pieces. They also have a U2 spy plane that was shot down and then re-assembled and displayed creatively within the floor (so you can walk above and around it). The U2, built by Lockheed in the USA was used by Taiwan in the 1960s (I think) and appears to my semi-trained eye to be a version of the ones used by the U.S. and not quite the same as the U.S. versions.

There are several "Hero" tanks that served in various conflicts (particularly the early 1950s Korean War) and some captured American tanks and a few other nationalities smaller pieces. The stories are all in Chinese, and English translations would certainly make this place much more accessible to foreign visitors, which would benefit everyone (foreigners could get more appreciation of Chinese military collection and history and China would be able to communicate more as well).

The space has room for a few more exhibits - perhaps it will grow further with time.
Written January 26, 2019
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,064 contributions
Great collection of 20th-century weapons of warfare
Jan 2019 • Solo
There are lots of exhibits of historical equipment, relics, and art dealing with warfare of the 20th century and a small amount from other periods. Much of the key information is displayed in Chinese and English. Although many might think that this museum would be of interest to males, on my visit, there was about an equal number of male and female sightseers. I spent most of my time in the Hall of Weapons, where many types of both Chinese and foreign weapons are on display. The majority of the military weaponry is of small arms, artillery, a wide variety of tanks, armored personnel carriers, destroyers (i.e., boats), a model aircraft carrier, anti-air weaponry, jet fighters and other military aircraft, rockets and rocket launchers, cruise missiles, and more.

Photos of the Military Museum I went to appear under two TripAdvisor listings, being Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution (78 reviews) located in Haidian District of Beijing, and Chinese Military Museum (86 reviews). My entry ticket shows a postal code of 100038 and contact phone number of 010-66866244, which are the same appearing on TripAdvisor for the Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution. Thus, I believe that the majority of reviewers have incorrectly posted their reviews to Chinese Military Museum.

I found it easy to get to by subway. Exit at Military Museum Station of Line 1 or 9 (This is a cross-over station), and depart the station using Exit A or B. I showed my passport and was given an entrance ticket at no cost. I did have to go through friendly security.
Written January 21, 2019
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-Guzzis-are-ace-
Beijing, China1,034 contributions
An interesting place to visit, for free!
Jul 2018 • Couples
Visited the military museum and was surprised to find it to be free entry, but don’t forget to bring your passport if you are a foreign tourist!
The museum is spacious and there are plenty of planes, tanks and other weaponry to see. There are some ‘trophies’ such as a downed U2 bomber, but overall a great experience, easy to get here via the subway.
Written July 29, 2018
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johnnie_yip
3 contributions
Their concept of museum is just a place for display
Jul 2018 • Family
I must admit that they have loads of valuable military artifacts displayed here, but as my caption said, they just want to display things instead of using the artifacts to retell you the back stories, or to educate the tourists about pros and cons of these war machines. I have visited a number of war museums in the UK and the US, in which they have really done a great job in meeting the above aims! I hope that this museum can add more dioramas, maps and texts to show us the stories!
Written July 22, 2018
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