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“Interesting”

National Museum Of China
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Ranked #30 of 1,608 things to do in Beijing
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This museum features changing exhibits related to political themes such as the Opium Wars, the founding of the Communist Party, the Sino-French and Sino-Japanese Wars, the Japanese War, the 1911 Revolution and the social unrest of 1989.
Beijing, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Interesting”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Its an interesting place, I am not really a museum type of person but was very interesting to see what they had inside, it was divided into sectors of Asia Europe China and so forth, I only wish I knew more about history and had someone with me to explain every single display that I was amazed by.

Visited October 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Don't miss”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

My daughter and I spent 6 hours in the museum last week and that covered the ground floor "Ancient China" and the art on the top floor as well as a quick sandwich in the tea room. We also looked in on the underwater archaeology display and the collection of foreign gifts. We only left because (a) our feet were sore and (b) it was closing time.

Like many museums, I guess what you get out of it depends in large part on where your interests lie. I found the art fascinating both on its own merits and for the differences in technique (for example the absence of the western idea of linear perspective). The development of images of the Buddha and the Bodhisattvas was equally interesting - as was observing the surreptitious devotions being offered by many visitors as they encountered the images.

Visited February 2013
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Frankfurt, Germany
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“great museum”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

great museum, and it's free, but you must bring your passport to get a ticket. not like the louvre but has a great collection of ancient Chinese bronzes and porcelain which are the best things to see there, also some modern art in the other sections. not very many paintings though.

Visited September 2012
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Sammamish, Washington
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“Disappointing”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

A very huge facade makes you really want to go in and see all the beautiful artwork inside. What a disappointment! The rooms are huge, the number of artworks small. There is a room with gifts from foreign statesmen, unbelievably kitsch, suppose they all kept the noce stuff themselves instrad of putting it in the museum. Few nice statues on the groundfloor. The pluspoint is that you have a nice long walk on Tian An Men square to get to the entrance of the museum. Bring your passport to get your ticket!!

Visited January 2013
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“Treasures of Chinese history”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

This museum is a must for anybody interested in learning more about China than just walking through huge palaces and courtyards. Some sections deal with shameful Opium wars and Western intrusions and invasions in various parts of China, but my favorite was the basement collection, where you will find the most famous artefacts: the jade suit, prehistoric Sanxingdui masks, or bronze vessels and food storage (yes, there a many, many of them, but they are all unique in their fenomenal detailed decorations). There are even bronze pillows, collections of pottery, and a "buried army" that predates the X'ian collection.
The shops of this museum are the place to buy certified porcelain (expensive) of such sophistication and beauty that I thought teapots and cups would break under my gaze. However, considering that anywhere else shops are full of garbage and fakes, if you want a really beautiful souvenir of China, this is where you just may find it.
The museum has a pleasant cafe with discrete and good service, with teas, coffees, and decent food available.

Visited June 2012
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