It seems as though I went to a different museum that some of the other reviewers, but it is in fact the same one. I visited each of the many different museums and galleries that make up the large grounds of this interesting part of history. It's a good place that I recommend, but there are a few big problems, few English or Japanese captions, lazy useless staff, an odd entry exit set up, and exhibits not in good working order. I've lived in China for 12 years, have been to most major museums, speak and read Chinese, and know what to expect and this place should be better than it is.
Even though there were some English and Japanese signs, only exhibit introductions were multi-lingual and ALL other material and signage in the exhibit was Chinese only. Considering how a MAJOR role/function of this museum is reminding foreigners such as Japanese visitors about their history it is utterly unbelievable that so little effort was put into multi-lingual signage. I saw groups of Japanese walking by exhibits and quickly getting tired of attempting to read Chinese and then very quickly moving on. The opportunity to communicate to its TARGET audience was lost.
Everywhere I went, the staff were sleeping in their chairs, eating their lunch on top of exhibit cases, were chatting ot texting on their phones, or at best crunching away at watermelon seeds. I seriously couldn't look at an artifact because the contents of a box lunch were all over the case; even the sauce was dripping on the glass.
Even though there are multiple ways in, there is only one way out. There are no signs explaining this. Walking all the way back across the park because I couldn't leave from the west entrance/exit was no big incovenience for me, but it could be for some and speaks to poor planning.
Many even very new exhibits were already falling apart. Many monitors were off, computers and interactive displays were out of order. Artifacts in exhibit cases had fallen over or pictures had fallen out of their frame. I pointed it out to a staff member and she shrugged. Letters for signage were falling off in almost every exhibit. All they need to do is buy some better glue and pay those lazy seed crunching seet warmers to do something useful.
This is a good museum that could easily be excllent. Add more captions, train your workers, let people go out the west gate, and do some routine maintanence once a week.