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National Museum Of China

No.16 East Chang'an Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
+86 10 6526 3355
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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.
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  • Average13%
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  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
No.16 East Chang'an Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
+86 10 6526 3355
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The museum was ok - average in my opinion. However, not sure if it is normal policy as not written anywhere, but when I first went, I was wearing sandals without a full 'heel'. I was told I could not enter. Dirty trainers etc. were...More

Thank smiley100
Reviewed 4 days ago

The permanent collection in the basement is well laid out and almost overwhelming in its range and detail. Worth looking at some of the temporary collections and the new Chinese art as well.

Thank Malcolm B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Just go straight to the basement. I know the museum map indicates dedicated halls for bronzes and ceramics on the upper floors, but frankly you're likely to be underwhelmed by the content and presentation in the upper halls (you'll find 3 dynasties represented in a...More

1  Thank Dean S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Entry to the museum is free but you must present your passport to the ticket office to get the ticket. Go to the West Entrance. With your back to Tian'an Men Square the foreign ticket office is on the right where the queue is shorter....More

1  Thank John K
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are lot and lots and lots of exhibits focusing on the history of China, so plan enough time for it. The 'Ancient China' exhibit (which, by the way, took up the entire basement floor) was absolutely amazing! It started at the Prehistoric Human stage...More

Thank LadyAnonymous
Reviewed 1 week ago

What kind of a museum requires a passport for entry. We went through multiple security check points before entering the museum so no chance we had any prohibited items but was denied entry on the basis we did not have our passports!!! No where else...More

Thank Catconn123
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great historic collection displayed in excessive darkness, impressive modern art exposed in better light. Intersting to watch how groups of chinese kids perceive all this. I was asked if they can take pictures with me. Apparently a western tourist is also a big attraction in...More

Thank 113Apolo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The entrance is on the west side (facing Tiananmen Square). This mammoth building is slightly larger than the MET in NYC and it’s packed with enough cool stuff for several visits. There are so many displays showing all kinds of Chinese advancements in technology and...More

1  Thank barefoothare
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There were some amazing things to see at this museum including a US flag and moon rock given to Chairman Mao by Richard Nixon. There were also amazing artifacts and paintings from China's incredible history. The problem is that there is no real flow to...More

1  Thank travelwithkids_7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Massive museum, worth a visit (if not Chinese, make sure you go to the Foreigners ticket office when you enter - it is to the right and you will see all the locals joining a huge queue to the left). Has interesting visiting exhibitions from...More

1  Thank Trevor1957
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Stella S
9 July 2017|
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Response from TheOExpress | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can take as many pictures as you like in most exhibitions, provided the camera does not use a tripod or have flash on. There are some exhibits in which this is not allowed but these are quite clearly marked.
18 September 2016|
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Response from letsgotochina | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous poster, FYL003. When I went there I was on my own. I picked up one of the museum maps and figured out what I wanted to see. The place is MASSIVE, so plan on spending several hours if you want to... More
3 June 2015|
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Response from Andreas H | Reviewed this property |
No need.just keep the passport with you :)