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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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
No.16 East Chang'an Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
+86 10 6526 3355
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed August 13, 2017

The National Museum Of China is a world-class, must stop museum on any tour of Beijing. Artifacts up to 12,000 years old that are in extraordinarily excellent condition. One-of-a-kind pottery and iron of exceptional craftsmanship. Many appear to never have been buried, looking like they...More

7  Thank Carlos C
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed December 10, 2013 via mobile

I really wanted to visit this museum the last time I was in Beijing but it was closed for the multi-year renovation. So, I had great expectations for this visit. Although the museum is fresh, spacious and FREE it has some issues. But first the...More

5  Thank Bondersan
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was at T square on Sunday October 14 and the museum is still closed. From the museum website: Dear Visitors: Due to the construction of the exhibition, the National Museum of China will be closed temporarily from September 25, 2018, and the reopening date...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was really looking forward to this museum... OK, but not fabulous. The Russian building is really interesting and impressive. By design (?) more than 25% of the available space is empty. Definitely gives a fly-on-a-plate and the-state-is-powerful feeling. Many of the items displayed are exquisitely...More

1  Thank SchrodingerCat
Reviewed September 29, 2018

The National Museum is free of charge. You will need to go through two security checkpoints prior to entering. This is a massive space. They do not have guides or maps to tell you what exhibits contain and where they are located. They list room...More

1  Thank LibbyH1
Reviewed September 13, 2018 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 September 12, 2018

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 September 10, 2018

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 September 7, 2018

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 September 4, 2018

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.

1  Thank Mohammed_Tarek_1987
Reviewed September 2, 2018 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

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Reviewed September 2, 2018 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

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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 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