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Museum of Natural History

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Address: 126 Tian Qiao Nan Road, Beijing 100050, China
Name/address in local language
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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Great free visit for kids n adults

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2016
Kathmandu, Nepal
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Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 

Thank RoJuDrei
Qingdao, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Well that was a disappointment. Isn't China well known for Dino bones? I do not where they are but in that museum are only a view and stuffed into a far too small building. Given the small space and far too big variety in what is shown the museum does not deliver any message but that it is unprofessionel. I... More 

1 Thank Kurtenbach
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 via mobile

The superb architecture of the building is let down by the exhibits inside. As stated in previous reviews it is good for children but little appeal for adults. Free entry.

Thank Chris101111
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Given all the wonderful museums in Beijing, I thought the Natural History Museum would be state of the art and deal with many of the recent dinosaur discoveries in China over the last decade. Au contraire! This museum was not crowded for a good reason. It is very dated, with poorly executed exhibits both permanent and temporary. The taxidermy department... More 

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