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Address: 126 Tianqiao South Main Street, Beijing 100050, China
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Phone Number: 010-67027702
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

This museum has permanent & changing exhibits & is known for it’s...

This museum has permanent & changing exhibits & is known for it’s dinosaur section. There is also an ancient animal & mammal exhibit, sea creatures and an exhibit on the evolution of humans bodies.

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A very interactive museum which you can visit as part of your Temple of Heaven tour(located near to the west gate). The museum is divided into several sections which include... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed June 19, 2016
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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Can't say that I enjoyed my visit. Went here after reading about it in the Lonely Planet Guide Book. My partner and I spend about 30 minutes in here and most of that time was discussing the turtles that they have in a rather small tank .. not my idea of a nice environment... perhaps better if you are with... More 

Thank Shauniet
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

Probably great for kids. Big dinosaur exhibit with moving sculptures. Otherwise very basic. We went because a guidebook said there was a unique display of perserved human oddities, the likes of which have long since been cleaned away in western countries. It seems to have been cleaned away here also. The map had a "gallery of humans" on it, but... More 

Thank Ulf D
Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016

I was excited to go to here as an avid dinosaur fan and was hoping to see some real and rare finds. Place is pretty much stuck in a run down time warp. The dinosaur bones exhibit is ok, just way smaller than one would expect with the history of china and it's paleontology. Signs are all in chinese but... More 

Thank Ryan B
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

I am surprised that there is little publicity for this museum. The entrance fee is RMB20 per adult. It is definitely worthwhile a visit even for adults. While it is not highly entertaining, it is highly educational to see the exhibits and read the commentaries. The Dinosaur Park section spans history from the Triassic to the Cretaceous periods, you can... More 

Thank chrisong05
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016

A very interactive museum which you can visit as part of your Temple of Heaven tour(located near to the west gate). The museum is divided into several sections which include plants, sea creatures,human and much more. You can see lots of dinosaurs dead and "living" in this museum as well as a mini aquarium. Admission is free too and it... More 

Thank HD_Lew
Kathmandu, Nepal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Situated in Tian Qiao and next to the Temple of heaven. Great time for kids - Dino bones. Fossils. Stuffed wild animals. Robotic dinosaurs with a "flying"pterodon (sporadically flying)...in jurassic style park with growling dinosaurs. There is an aquarium at the basement with really large fish. Granted that some parts look a bit tired. Exhibits in Chinese so bring your... More 

Thank PL_Chan2014
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

The museum is quite old and worn and the attractions are not very interesting. There are some plastic dinosaurs that might entertain kids but for anyone hoping to learn anything it's a waste of time. Also none of the information is in English, only in Chinese. Compared to the natural history museum in Shanghai it's a joke.

Thank Therese F
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately a lot if the signage is in Chinese . It's a child oriented educational museum , nice dinosaur gallery and wild life display Some interactive activities . There is a shop and cafe down stairs with basic food supplies . I believe a new museum is being planned as this one is somewhat dated .. But it still is... More 

Thank Tom K
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2016

Generally, if you take your family to a museum you don't expect it to lead to your wife leaving in tears. The dinosaurs were cool- with China's reputation for archaeology I'd have expected more, but you can't go wrong with dinos. So far so good. Then the area with fish.... it was mostly carp, guppies and goldfish, displayed in the... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2016

TAKE YOUR ID: driver license or passport. Or you will not get in. IT IS FREE, you do not need to pre-register. I do not speak Chinese, and tried calling, but unfortunately, no one speaks English there either. So, we just went, showed our license, and got in. LOVED IT! Ous 6 year old son picked it to visit again... More 

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