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National Museum Of China

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Address: No.16 East Chang'an Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
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+86 10 6526 3355
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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Quite a Collection

The National Museum of China boasts the largest collection of Chinese art. We enjoyed walking through the exhibits which include artifacts from Ancient China through today. We... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Brooklyn, NY
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Napa, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The National Museum is on one side of Tiananmen square. It isn't a "must see" but if you have 1-2 hours to spare, pop in. They are closed on Mondays, and your passport is required for your free entrance ticket. NO SELFIE STICKS ALLOWED.

Thank JBridi
Brooklyn, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The National Museum of China boasts the largest collection of Chinese art. We enjoyed walking through the exhibits which include artifacts from Ancient China through today. We were glad most of the exhibits had English notations as well as Chinese. The admission is free, but there were 2 collections that required purchase of tickets (a collection on loan from the... More 

Thank Gaggy1
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is enormous and a bit complicated to get around but well worth the time. If you are travelling elsewhere in China this will set the context for many other places you will visit. I have been multiple times and each time as I go through the enormous Ancient China permanent exhibit I learn more. This is the core... More 

Thank marekw
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many people make fun of going to museums while traveling, this place is full of interesting historical things. Well kept and free of charge.

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Greenbelt, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In order to enter the museum one has to line up for security to enter Tian-An-Man square, then line up to enter the museum compound, then line up to get a ticket to enter the museum building, then line up to clear security inside the building. and those lines are neither shot nor fast-moving. The pleasant surprise is that, differently... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To do this enormous place justice one needs to spend several days there. We just visited the ancient China sections in the basement. If you have already been to the Shanghai Museum fairly equivalent but smaller) I recommend visits to other sections first. There is masses of choice! You need a passport to enter and prepare for long lines to... More 

Thank Arne S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For starters, it was a delight just to enter the museum after standing in line for ca. 30 minutes in freezing winds. The layout is easy to follow. Worth a mention are the interesting sections devoted to porcelain and jade. Han Meilin had a book signing event on the day I visited, so there was a definite buzz of excitement... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The outside is very impressive - went in here during some free time in Beijing - however it is not easy to navigate around - was trying to find some recent history in the mmuseum...and it was here we realised that the recent history in Tiananmen did not happen.....according to the Government...!

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017

Really enjoyed their permanent collection at Level B1. They have artifacts from every dynasty in China. It was incredible seeing some really well-made and well-preserved stuff from more than 4000 years ago. You can easily spend a whole day here.

Thank CaptainZura
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

If you’re a museum lover, you’ll enjoy this colossal museum. We spent about 8 hours over two days at a quick pace and probably covered only 60% of the exhibits. I recommend starting in the basement with ancient history and working toward modern times. The ancient exhibits include fascinating samples of ancient money, jade, copper, pottery, and more. If you... More 

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