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National Museum Of China

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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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No.16 East Chang'an Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
+86 10 6526 3355
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Back again to view new exhibitions and go through some of my favourites. Although entry to the museum is free, sometimes one has to pay a fee to enter special exhibition areas. This time, I had to pay 30 rmb to view the exhibits in...More

Date of experience: January 2019
45  Thank KodoDrummer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The entrance is free, Is not a Louvre, is not a Hermitage, for a country like China I expect more, they have more than 2000 thousand of Chinese history that means the National Museum could be bigger. I found the special exhibition for the China’s...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 12, 2019

While this is a spectacular museum in scale and prominence, the two most striking areas for us were the section on the Post Mao economic transformation of China with key areas put together expertly. A big and very pleasant surprise was the spectacular African Art...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Sadasivan R
Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

To me the best part was the collection of all of the gifts that other countries gave to Chinese leaders. The first floor is mostly stuff about how China has progressed in the last 70 or so years. In the upper levels there are some...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank pieinthesky12
Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

This massive building, long ago the Museum Of The Revolution, sits on Tiananmen Square across from the Great Hall of the People. It is fully modernized with a fine and well-organized collection of arts through the Millennia. We enjoyed the special exhibit on 40 Years...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 3, 2018

The very first thought I stepped into this place is that, this place shouldn't be called a MUSEUM!. What's on display are images and videos about China's development and progress. There's no antiques or artifacts on display at all! Wasted my time queuing up for...More

Date of experience: November 2018
4  Thank choihoweboon
Reviewed November 28, 2018

Excellent exhibits, certainly making it a not to be missed attraction. Plan to spend a substantial portion of the day, if not the entire day, if you want to go through the entire facility. We left our bags at the locker, visited the Mausoleum first...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 26, 2018

I was really looking forward to visiting this museum on our last trip to Beijing but unfortunately, it was closed for some unknown reason and no dates were posted. So bummed! But based upon recent reviews, looks like it re-opened earlier this month.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TigrMama
Reviewed November 24, 2018

First off, this museum is HUGE. If you want to see EVERYTHING then be prepared for 4-5 hours at the very least. Having said that, the only MUST SEE is the Ancient China exhibition, that spans from prehistorical ages to the most recent antiquity. There...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank SpirosKphotography
Reviewed November 22, 2018

Great museum. I especially like the basement, where there are thousands of Chinese artifacts, organized by dynasty. Please note, currently there is a special temporary exhibition going on, so the museum restaurants and tea cafe are all closed.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Ian G
October 9, 2018|
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Response from lewish725 | Reviewed this property |
Would recommend to go to the entrance on the right as it tends to be quicker. Easily accessible inside, lots of elevators and flat surfaces, wheelchairs are available.
Stella S
July 9, 2017|
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Response from beagleshnout | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. There are no photo restrictions in the National Museum of China
September 18, 2016|
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Response from letsgotochina | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous poster, FYL003. When I went there I was on my own. I picked up one of the museum maps and figured out what I wanted to see. The place is MASSIVE, so plan on spending several hours if you want to... More
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Need advise on 4-day trip to Beijing. (8 Replies)
Me and my sister will be visiting Beijing for the first time. KIndly comment on the itinerary i have made. Would need help on which places are near each other and is best visited at the same time. Arrival 0100H Day 1 : Visit to Great Wall - Mutianya Ming tombs **Will probably take a private tour for this day Day 2 Summer Palace Beijing Zoo - to see Pandas Temple of Heaven **Are they close to each other? Day 3 Tiananmen Square Forbidden CIty Jingshan Park Day 4...More
June 26, 2014|
Response fromJanetLarge|
I did same itinerary last year, but a little more rush, I did it within 3 days. Kung Fu Show is a must-see one I really love it
Toronto, Canada
National Museum of China (3 Replies)
Hello! Is there still a daily limit on the number of free tickets issued for this museum and if so, how early would I need to arrive on a Saturday to be able to get in? Thanks!
March 13, 2017|
Response fromkvchinaa|
Yes but unless it's a holiday weekend, I wouldn't worry too much about getting shut out of tickets. If traveling during July-August school/uni vacation period, I'd get there within first 30 minutes of opening. Other months and on non-holiday Saturdays, my guess is that you could get a ticket after lunch also. If you plan to do the Square and Museum then the Forbidden City on the same day in sequence, then get to Museum ticketing about 10-15 minutes before opening since you'll need more time...More
Beijing Itinerary - Half During National Day (5 Replies)
I know its not ideal to be going at this time, but it was either that or not go at all. This is a quick itinerary that I have drawn up, and was wondering if people could give some feedback. Feedback in general, but also factoring in the time we are going, and whether we should go to some places on different days (ie, the best places to go during Natonal Day holidays). Also whether I am allowing enough time for each place (especially at this time), and if I have missed anything obvious....More
September 30, 2014|
Response fromannieandhamish|
Hi, You are arriving at the tail end of National week holiday so dont stress too much. However your itinerary is all a huge mish mash of places not close to each other. You really need to look on a map & buy a small pocket guide to see where the places you want to see are located. IE; Your arrival afternoon / evening. Panjiayuan Market (Dirt Market) & Yuyuantan Park are located in different parts of the city. No way you will fit them both in. Leave your hotel at lunch time & go to...More