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National Museum Of China

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Address: NO. 16 East Chang'an Street, Beijing 100006, China
Name/address in local language
Phone Number: 010-65263355
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

This museum features changing exhibits related to political themes such as...

This museum features changing exhibits related to political themes such as the Opium Wars, the founding of the Communist Party, the Sino-French and Sino-Japanese Wars, the Japanese War, the 1911 Revolution and the social unrest of 1989.

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Extremely large museum but not crowded with people or exibits

I found the pottery, sculpture and silk sections most interesting. There is so much room it makes it seem like there isn't a lot of items exhibited but that is an illusion. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Brad B
Medina, Ohio
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Medina, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I found the pottery, sculpture and silk sections most interesting. There is so much room it makes it seem like there isn't a lot of items exhibited but that is an illusion. The museum shops had very reasonable pricing. The layout of the museum was very confusing to me and there was limited signage in English. About 2-3 hours depending... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is a lot to see in this museum. However the Ancient China halls are the best that take you through the whole history of China through the various dynasties and tumultuous times. Literally from the beginning of time for Homo Sapiens (or earlier to Homo Erectus) to the modern day this gives a real feel for the evolution of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Huge museum. Brilliantly curated and fascinating from the ground floor to the very top. There are some 'gaps' in the national history though that are worth looking up afterwards. Still, very worth the entrance fee and great thing to do on a rainy day. As with most of China, be prepared to queue to get in. It's a slick operation... More 

Thank David G
Markham, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent & complete display of the ancient Chinese History. A taste of everything. Free entrance with your tourist passport. You may reserve ticket online in advance & pick up ticket with your passport. Make sure you go to the "tourists with passports" counter, not the locals with ID counters, shorter lines there. This place is huge & impressive; but no... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit to the national museum. Was completely free to go to and so much history inside. We spent about 2 hours doing the ancient China floor which was brilliant! So many artifacts and fascinating insight into Chinese history. We then went to the modern history section and spent an hour there and that was probably enough for... More 

Thank Christopher S
Northern Vriginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are not so much interested in antiquities as in the 20th century history of China. Those exhibits that focussed on that history had no English. The antiquities had English descriptions but not context so you had to know what you were looking for. We waitied at least an hour to get in.

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River Falls, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You have to leave at least half a day to experience a fraction of what this massive museum has to offer. The highlight for me was the ancient China exhibit on the lower level that took three hours to complete. Nearly all exhibit descriptions are in Chinese and English. The free admission was also a nice bonus.

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A bit of an overwhelming experience but I highly recommend that you visit this museums. You´ll learn about China. Plan on spending at least 3 hours there as any less won´t do the place any justice.

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's been a year since my last visit. Nothing has been improved. It's still not visitor-friendly. There are few seats in exhibition rooms or the foyer, so be prepared to walk a lot and get tired; there's no hot drink or hot food at the food stalls, so it's better to bring your own food there; there are few signposts,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a highlight, even the building was awesome to be in. The exhibits were well put together. The African wood art was powerful.

Thank Jennifer B

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