"9.18"Historical Museum

"9.18"Historical Museum, Shenyang: Address, Phone Number, "9.18"Historical Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

"9.18"Historical Museum
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This museum commemorates September 18, 1935, the day Japanese forces invaded China and subsequently occupied Shenyang and the surrounding peninsula. It displays disturbing photos depicting the carnage of war.
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do_be_kind
Singapore, Singapore79 contributions
Impressed
Aug 2019 • Friends
A huge museum which takes one through the history and significance of the date. I didn't know what 18sep signified till visiting the museum.. lotsa effort put to replicate what it was like in those days with many wax statues.
Written August 11, 2019
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Jeffrey M
Suzhou, China195 contributions
Blinded by hatred
Jul 2019 • Solo
Lovely, well-maintained facility, with trilingual signage throughout (Chinese, English and Japanese). Unfortunately, the presentation is is a rather exaggerated and even mythical view of history and in its use of graphic language, photographs, and dioramas is clearly intended to horrify. Yes, the Japanese were villainous, but you can't help thinking that the museum's message has been lost on the people who conceived it and that the people of Xinjang and Tibet have eerily similar stories to tell. Perhaps one day they will.
Written July 31, 2019
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Cheeghee C
Penang Island, Malaysia22 contributions
918 visit
Jun 2019 • Solo
cannot get parking outside, my tour guide need to drop me at the entrance, and need to rush as the traffic push very hard
General - in side is in a good way of arrangement for the visitors to understand the history, and it is free of charge
Written June 23, 2019
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Betula103
Australia7,898 contributions
Of only average interest to non-Chinese
Jan 2019 • Friends
This enormous impressive building must have cost a small fortune to build. Although it gives a very good oversight of the Japanese invasion and subsequent oppression it was only of average interest to our group and with only limited time in Shenyang I would have preferred to spend the afternoon seeing other places of interest.
Written January 26, 2019
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jailernailer
Winnipeg, Canada25 contributions
Excellent museum
Dec 2018 • Couples
Very graphic photos to depict what happened. The Japenese brutalized the chinese people during this time. A great museum and free to enter.
Written December 6, 2018
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan10,987 contributions
Impressive
Mar 2018 • Business
This is the site where 9.18 incident occurred in 1931. Japanese army exploded railway here, and it was the very beginning of Japan-China war. The entrance is free. The exhibition is cruel, but it tells us how important the peace is.
Written March 11, 2018
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George N
Shenyang, China444 contributions
A great place to learn Chinese history
Oct 2017 • Couples
The 9.18 Historical Museum highlights a very interesting and tragic piece of local history: the Japanese invasion of Northern China and the horrific things they did to the local people. It also looks at their struggle for freedom.
Written October 5, 2017
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Retinol13
Berkeley, CA662 contributions
Chilling museum telling important story
Aug 2017 • Friends
This museum is not for the faint of heart. While the pictures on display here are grainy there is no mistaking that they depict gruesome acts of torture and violence, including one still image of an actual beheading in progress, several photos of piles of severed heads, and two dioramas featuring large groups of human bones (one of which might be the actual skeletons of a man and woman chained together and buried).

That said, this exhibit tells a gripping story of the Japanese occupation of China and the ensuing struggle for all of Mainland Asia which was such a large part of World War II. It’s a story I sort of knew but not to this level of detail, I do feel like I learned a lot. One gets an understanding of the Chinese worldview which has been shaped so much over the past two centuries by colonialism, first by European powers and then by Japan. It concludes with an exhibit hall on modern China that speaks to a desire for peace and reconciliation with Japan and the peaceful people of that country but takes issue with some elements of Japanese leadership that do not acknowledge all the events of that terrible war.

The technical execution of the museum is quite good. It’s not a beautiful museum (mostly concrete) but it is large and airy and conveys a sense of appropriate solemnity and it avoids being overly cluttered. The exhibits are informative and include many artifacts of that era along with some dioramas and maps.
Written August 13, 2017
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Dwayne S
Auburn, ME282 contributions
Somber reminder...must see museum
Jul 2017 • Solo
This was the second time I visited the 9/18 museum. I am very much a history buff so this is a must see location for me and any other history oriented person. However, even if you are not fully interested in history this museum is still a must see in Shenyang. It is a somber walk through the museum and a stark reminder of the brutality and cruelty of war. Definitely go see this museum...
Written July 3, 2017
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yirant2016
Singapore12 contributions
thrilling
Apr 2016
if you know the history of this date. when you enter this building, you will feel a bit chilling and thrilling inside. they introduce some cruel facts of a history that is not supposed to be forgotten.
Written March 9, 2017
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