Inner Mongolia Museum
Inner Mongolia Museum
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KW M
Belfast, UK541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Inner Mongolia Museum should be a bit of a tip off, it’s all about Inner Mongolian history.
Thankfully that means a very cool dinosaur exhibition over two floors!!
The Mongolian stuff is cool to see, interesting history, they walk you through the prehistory up to …. when the area came under Chinese/Han control, weapons, pottery, clothing and housing. It’s very well done, lots of English signage too.
Thinking of where you are, expect kids to be running around making too much noise.
This being Inner Mongolia, they are proud of their Dinosaurs and have done a great job with the exhibition.
Written July 16, 2021
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Bettybooo
Birmingham Uk69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
If you like dinosaurs this is possibly one of the best museums in the world. Many fossils and bones are found in Inner Mongolia, and they are beautifully displayed, with a reasonable number of English translations. There is a 9m high diplodocus, a Femur bone bigger than me, a whole woolly mammoth and numerous dinosaurs that I didn't even recognise. I have been to the Natural history museum in Landon and for dinosaurs this was better. Great Dino gift shop too. The other sections, are good, some very old pottery, and some well thoughtout 'real life' displays of life in different eras of IM history. The space room was closed when we went. My kids are 9+11, they did get a bit bored, of yet more pottery, or weapons towards the 3rd floor.
Written July 8, 2021
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Chris H
Alice Springs, Australia15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
The pictures on Trip Advisor don't do justice to this place! It is a stunning building and HUGE! Despite this we found it easy to get around and there are so many floors of displays, none of which were ever crowded. The Museum covers biological and historical stages of Inner Mongolia.Really impressed with the set up, but also the quality of the displays and information, which was always in English-Mongolian-Chinese. Did not see many other Westerners - perhaps Hohhot is not on the 'list' for international travellers
Written July 14, 2018
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FYL003
Chicago, IL1,053 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
Very well organized, one can easily spend half a day here. The dinosaur hall was closed for renovations when we visited. We only had time to walk through the pre Genghis Khan and the interactions with the Chinese sections. The artifacts were all founded in this region. There were English explanations for the important events. A great way to have a synopsis of the history. The museum shop has a wide range of gifts. Well worth a stop. Free admission, bring passport as ID for entry ticket.
Written April 29, 2018
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EBShanghai
Shanghai, China14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
My luggage came to Hohhot on a later flight and I was wondering what to do with the time. The people at the tourist office in unison all said "visit the museum." They said it would take a couple hours to visit, but I ended up spending nearly four hours as I'm both a history buff and a shutterbug. The displays were diverse and well-layed out. They would feel right in place with the museums in Washington DC.,

The topics covered were diverse, but all related to Inner Mongolia. The Chinese space program, the dinosaurs, the era of Ghengis Kahn and the obligatory history of Inner Mongolia's struggle against the Japanese in WWII with a healthy dose of Mao Zedong and the CCP.

I'm visiting during the National Holiday, which would mean a rush of people, but the queue to get my tickets took only about 5 minutes and the space inside was sufficient that there was no pushing-shoving.

The displays included modern interactive touch screens as well as many photogenic pieces. I did benefit from being able to read Chinese, as many, but not all, of the displays have an English version.

The entry ticket was free and I just handed them my driver's license to get in.
Written October 4, 2017
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KW1700
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia140 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012
this over 5000sqm museum is well equip and informative. You need the whole day to cover the whole place. I was there for 4hours plus and only cover half the other half I could only browse through.

Everything is well organized it's like going through a time tunnel of China History starting from prehistoric era to the modern day China.
Written January 10, 2013
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MrsJaniceFoo
Singapore, Singapore230 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
The building was eye-catching... its exhibits were beautiful and attractive, gave a comprehensive overall introduction to the inner Mongolian history and culture. There were also little souvenirs' stores inside the museum selling unique items which were worth buying - Must spend some time browsing through the stores.
Written June 21, 2018
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CristianeHong
Sao Paulo, SP26 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
The infrastructure of the museum is undeniably impressive. But the content inside didn't surprise me much. In fact, it seemed to me that a lot of the things there were fake and made-up.
It wasn't worth the visit for me.
Written January 6, 2015
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Hartz2014
Townsville, Australia29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Friends
Not crowded and easy to find. The dinosaur exhibits were great and there is some really good historical displays
Written December 19, 2014
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Qupnicely
Beijing, China5,173 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Solo
The museum is housed in a modern building, part of a larger arts and entertainment complex, located on the road that heads out to the airport. There are a number of bus services that pass by but a taxi will be less than 20rmb from town, although there was no dedicated drop-off point when I visited. Whichever way you arrive be cautious around the busy, wide roads. There are a lot of steps leading up to the concourse but there is a ramp to the left and once inside there are escalators and lifts.

At present, the exhibits are displayed over three floors plus a basement area that adjoins the pre-historic room. All the themed rooms are well-laid out and intended to be viewed clockwise. Apart from the pre-historic artefacts, which dinosaur enthusiasts will enjoy, there are rooms dedicated to regional Flora and Fauna, Geography and Geology, Industry and Space Travel, and Anthropology. Unfortunately, there is not too much English signage on the displays themselves, though the Space Travel section does have more, and what there is in the introductions to each room seems either rather generic, as if copied from an encyclopaedia text, or awkwardly constructed from over-elaborate vocabulary, as if by a student trying too hard to impress. There is, however, a guide service available, cost unknown, and I did overhear an English-speaking one that was largely comprehensible but annoyingly punctuated by redundant “yeahs” all over the place. For the casual visitor, I doubt a guide is necessary.

There are a few less impressive aspects to the museum. The shop, which is better than many museum shops in China in terms of stock, is overpriced and the quality and range of products are limited with a lack of museum-specific souvenirs. Some of the taxidermy in the Fauna section is less than convincingly executed and there is an undercurrent of State propaganda evident in certain displays: witness, the ‘liberation’ of the Mongolian peoples by the Communists and the nomads ‘voluntary’ resettlement. Also worth a chuckle is the absence of Japan on the schematic map of the Earth’s tectonic plates in the Geology room. In addition, having installed toilet-roll holders you would think they might actually deign to provide paper – don’t get caught out, bring your own.

Overall, it’s definitely worth a visit, minimum 2 hours but I think you can allow a half-day. Entry is free but there is a daily limit on the number of free tickets issued (3000, I think) split between morning and afternoon. I visited on a Saturday morning about 9.30am without any problems or queues. As usual in China, the museum is closed on Mondays.
Written August 29, 2011
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