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“Party line view but worth it.”

National Museum Of China
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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.
Perth, Australia
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“Party line view but worth it.”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

When we arrived we attended the National Museum and were pleasantly surprised to find it was free upon presentation of a foreign passport. This was a very nationalistic view of China and was in line with the message that the Government wished to portray. That said the displays were excellent and it was a great way to spend a few hours.

Visited October 2013
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“See China through the eyes of the Chinese”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

I had a few hours to kill while working through some jet lag so I wandered into the NMOC. As most national museums go I'd have to say that it's little below par in so far as there wasn't great accessibility for non-Chinese, none-the-less there were enough captions in English to be sustain my interest. Two notable items were the exhibit on Giuseppe Verdi, interesting and unexpected. I didn't know the Chinese liked Italian opera! And second was what I came to call the tribute hall. This exhibit contained all the gifts that various heads of state had given to various Chinese leaders since the founding of the nation. I was particularly interested by the gifts bestowed by various American Presidents, Russian Premier's and all manner of other famous and infamous world leaders.

Bring your passport for admission! No bags allowed but they have lockers for a small fee (the guards will direct you).

Visited October 2013
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“Free to visit and very interesting”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

A very good museum with plenty of artifacts. There is a lot of English descriptions for things but not everything. You could spend a long time visiting every corner here. This museum is free for everyone (that is very amazing), just bring your passport to get your free ticket at the wicket at any entrance (there is more than one). You will have to go through a bag check and pat down when you enter.

Worth a visit if you have time or are interested.

TIP: if you are taking pictures, TURN OFF your flash. One, it reflects off the glass and your picture will be terrible, and two, with enough people taking pictures with a flash on, it could potentially deteriorate the artifact over time

Visited November 2013
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Palatine, Illinois
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“China's National Museum”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

After visiting the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, make your way across the street to the China National Museum.

Free of charge to enter the facility. Once in side, you will be awed by all of the tradition, history and art. The facility is ginormous and it will take you most of the day to explore. From very old "clocks / watch pieces" to carved / chiseled figurines of Mao and Sun Yet Sen.

There are tours that will take you around the museum, but a self guided tour seemed to be the best….one was not rushed! Go see it!!!

Visited April 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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“a museum that all should see”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

The museum was so incredible, with many artifacts showing the history of China, love how so much of China has been preserved, a must see for all............

Visited July 2013
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