Daxing Watermelon Museum

Daxing Watermelon Museum, Beijing: Hours, Address, Daxing Watermelon Museum Reviews: 2.5/5

Daxing Watermelon Museum
2.5
7:55 AM - 5:02 PM
Monday
7:55 AM - 5:02 PM
Tuesday
7:55 AM - 5:02 PM
Wednesday
7:55 AM - 5:02 PM
Thursday
7:55 AM - 5:02 PM
Friday
7:55 AM - 5:02 PM
Saturday
7:55 AM - 5:02 PM
Sunday
7:55 AM - 5:02 PM
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Bronwyn
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Quite out of the way and closed
Feb 2019 • Solo
By all accounts this should have been open, but when I got there (after a 1.5 hour journey from Tiananmen Square) it was closed. Took me 3 hours to get home. Photos of the place look impressive but I'd call ahead next time.
Written February 25, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

brooklynbed
Brooklyn, New York15 contributions
A must visit (for real Watermelon enthusiasts only)
Jul 2018 • Couples
My partner is obsessed with watermelon and she eats it daily (or makes smoothies, blender depending), so it was our top pick in Beijing. Online details are sketchy, so we learned through trial and error that it’s closed on weekends. Yup, we actually came back on Monday to see this mission through!

It is open M-F 10:00-17:00, closed on weekends. 20RMB admission. (July 2018)

The fee is a bit steep considering the neglected feeling of the place: half of the lights and exhibits of the 2 galleries aren’t turned on. Video displays are switched off. (I plugged them in but found trays of DVD players empty as well.) Reported Titanic theme song, or any sign of life, is eerily absent. Exotic watermelon tasting non-existent. They did have 8 real prize-winning melons on display.

Don’t overlook the sculpture garden outside on the right side the main building (when facing its front entrance.) They’re kitschy, but add a bit more value for your efforts to get here.

In a way the most compelling aspect of the museum is to wonder: Why did they make this? and How did they fund this? Clearly it’s shining moment has passed, but it’s an interesting, albeit faded, relic today.
Written July 5, 2018
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howardxp1
Cancun, Mexico297 contributions
Informative looking, but all exhibits in Chinese only.
Sep 2017 • Solo
It's a bit out of the city center exactly 2.9 miles going South from the last stop on the #4 subway line (Tiangongyuan).
I took a shared bike (ofo), but do NOT recommend it as there's way too much construction and you have to share the road with all the cars, trucks, bikes and scooters. Just take a taxi for around 15 rmb.

The Museum is free and there are a bunch of exhibits that seem a bit dated, though informative. Shows all types of watermelons, seeds and places in the world that grows them.
The problem is that all exhibits are only in Chinese, so not really possible to understand much.

I like the concept and it is certainly a unique type of Museum.
Good for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
There is a small town across the street, but nothing of too much interest.
You can easily find a taxi or car to take you back to the subway.
Written September 19, 2017
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crappy_tourist
Moscow, Russia28 contributions
directions. was closed when i went.
Aug 2017 • Couples
to get there, take subway line 4 to the south end (tian gong yuan). we exited through the south west exit. go up the escalator and turn right to face the road. turn right and go up the road until you reach the main street (xinyuan st). this side will be southbound traffic. walk up or down to get to a bus stop. take the 28 or 30 bus. apparently you can take bus 50 also but i didnt see the stop for it. you wanna be going to 庞各庄桥 (pang ge zhuang qiao). bus costs 2 chinabux. you'll know which stop it is because you'll see the massive museum building on your right. search for images if you dont know what it looks like. its impressive. its like a watermelon with wings.

when we got there, it was closed. try to call ahead before going i suppose.

there was major roadworks so theres barriers everywhere and the bus stops are not marked. to get back, youll need to cross under the bridge and try to find where other ppls are waiting for the bus. take the same bus back.
Written August 4, 2017
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Daxing Watermelon Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 7:55 AM - 5:02 PM