Poly Art Museum
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Jeremy F
Cambridge, UK5 contributions
This is really two separate exhibitions. Some wonderful bronzes from the 16th century B. C. (Shang) to 23 A. D. and a few Buddhist sculptures from 5th to 9th century A. D. Not easy to find - 9th floor of NEW Poly Building (Trip Adviser directions currently take you to old Poly building). Buy a ticket at reception.
Written September 4, 2013
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Karel_Vesely
Czech Republic31 contributions
Finding this museum is not easy - it is hidden in one floor of a tall modern building. A lot of Beijing people including guides do not know about it.

The best thing about this museum is that it is focused on a relatively small number of exceptional pieces (of bronze). You do not get overwhelmed - you need 60 to 90 minutes to see it all including listening to the audio guide you can borrow. For someone like me who is not mad about bronzes but likes to get a quality overview of some best pieces, a great choice.

Just do not expect any large museum shop or souvenirs, this one is really about the collection itself.
Written November 17, 2012
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AnotherSwede
Sweden178 contributions
This museum, which is affiliated with the Poly Auction co., is very heavy on chinese bronzes. Among other things are four of the originally twelve animalheads that were in the famous fountain in the Yuanmingyuan, nowadays to be found here. They also stage temporary exhibitions, such as on Ru wares, buddhist sculptures and so on.

While you are in the area, have maybe the best Beijing roast duck at Dadong Roast duck, which has one of its outlets just behind the Poly Plaza.
Written April 6, 2010
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Md-Fla
Takoma Park, MD5 contributions
I had high hopes for the Poly Art Museum and traveled many stops by subway, On Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, however, it was closed. (It's on the 9th floor of the Poly Building.) Moreover, there were no signs for the museum inside the building, and no signs as to the hours; meanwhile, other, more commerical forms of art activity (an auction and expensive store) were in full swing and busy. This leaves me unsure about the Poly Art Museum. Very odd.
Written August 1, 2010
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permia
Ireland38,084 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
Located on the 9th floor of the impressive Poly Plaza building, this museum is on the small side but has an outstanding collection of artefacts.

The ancient bronze art works are delightful. They range from the Shang Dynasty beginning 1600 BCE to the Tang era, extending to about 900 CE.

Exquisite decorative features are to be seen on numerous food and wine vessels. Zun vessels in the shape of animals are charming, one as a rabbit and a phoenix particularly so. Ding, vessels standing on legs, are well represented.

A grand set of graduated bells musical instruments are to be seen. We imagined what it must have been like listening to their ringing.

The Buddhist art collection is quite interesting with some fine sculptures on display.
Written November 6, 2016
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Catherine C
Richmond-upon-Thames, UK27 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
Hidden on the 9th floor of a glass fronted tower is the Poly Art Museum: beautifully displayed treasures in a calm and cafefully lit setting. There were no other visitors when we went: midweek morning, so we had the rooms of glass display cabinets to ourselves. Marvel at the ancient objects' delicate forms and workmanship in a lull from the high tech world outside.
Written August 29, 2013
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Kevin Earl
11 contributions
Nov 2018
I had a couple of hours between meetings and was in the area, so I popped in this museum not knowing what to expect other than some of the repatriated bronze fountain heads from the Old Summer Palace. It is located in an office building, but it is exquisite. The collection is mostly of bronze pieces from 3,000 years ago. There is also a smaller side gallery with some beautiful religious stone sculptures. If you have the time, this museum is definitely worth a visit.
Written October 2, 2019
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poewilson
London, UK149 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
It is small and on the 9th floor of an office museum. The exhibit is mostly of "pots" but it is lovely to see such relics coupled with some lovely Buddhist statues. For most people only make the effort if you are in the area.
Written March 1, 2018
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DYu0612
61 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
This is a treasure house of buddhist sculptures and bronze. From what I understand, most of the pieces have been derived from auctions. They represent the best of the genres. There are about a dozen buddhist sculptures, most of the Qingzhou style, the most appealing style of Chinese buddhist sculptures. There is a large variety of bronze vessels. The only museum which can match this museum in bronze is the Shanghai museum of art. This is a small museum. If you do not think you are interested in these two items, you should avoid. it.
Written October 2, 2017
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Runn mom
Beijing, China134 contributions
May 2017 • Family
This collection is quite small but nevertheless it is exceptional. The plan is well-laid out in a grid so that you can really see things well. The museum itself does not seem to have a lot of traffic and in Beijing this is a real plus!

You might plan for about an hour here. Skip the gift shop unless you're keen to pay 600RMB for an original t-shirt.
Written July 4, 2017
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