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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 1 week ago via mobile

We visited only the ancient exhibit. I wish I had time to see more. A very large museum, one of the most visited in the world. Free. Camera friendly. Lots of security, you need your passport. The main sineahe is in Chinese and in English....More

2  Thank AoifeCuRua
Reviewed 1 week ago

My review is particularly for travelers who cannot read Chinese. I visited the museum in mid September at around 10:30am. I went to the no-reservation line and there wasn't any line up at all. I practically just walked all the way to the security check...More

2  Thank bwan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here twice on a recent visit to Beijing, both visits fairly brief. It is very easy to visit, free, camera friendly, and with great English. I used Google Translate for some of the larger titles without English. The first time was in the...More

1  Thank powellgolfer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best permanent collection is on the 4th floor, which features all the diplomatic gifts that was received since Chairman Mao’s time. If you are traveling with seniors or children, you can take the elevator to the different floors. There are very spacious seating areas...More

Thank Anabeebees
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the museum has very few english translations which made it difficult for me as i dont know chinese . The exhibits were huge and wide but i couldnt understand most of them. The best thing it's free overall i wasted my time here.

Thank Mohammed_Tarek_1987
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great collection and impressive building. It’s huge so didn’t end up feeling crowded inside even though there were lots of people. Try to get there a little before 9am. There will still be a line to get in but it moved fast for us. You...More

Thank BaltoBalto
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was expecting a comprehensive Chinese history lesson but it appears the key focus is mainly on ancient China. The other historical exhibits are curated at other museums. Nonetheless, the items excavated was pretty impressive. It dates back to pre-historic times to Three Kingdom times. There...More

Thank BH255
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was very crowded by the Chinese tourists because of the school holidays. In this very large museum, I wanted to see the jade exhibition. Inside each lift, there was a staff teaching the Chinese visitors to wait for the people to get off first...More

Thank RayParks
Reviewed August 19, 2018

It locates next to the Tiananmen square and huge. The place is big and probably a must-seeing sight for a visit. The downside is still quite huge and packed with people.

Thank 963852741w
Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

The museum is huge but it’s easy to visit. You can see some artefacts of ancient China and also the modern China evolution.

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Stella S
July 9, 2017|
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Response from TheOExpress | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can take as many pictures as you like in most exhibitions, provided the camera does not use a tripod or have flash on. There are some exhibits in which this is not allowed but these are quite clearly marked.
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
June 3, 2015|
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Response from Andreas H | Reviewed this property |
No need.just keep the passport with you :)