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- The museum is loaded with historical weapons of war, such as tanks, armoured carriers, many types of automated weapons such as machine guns, rocket launchers, torpedoes, and much more.Written September 13, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- to give it the proper title.
This is a challenging and provocative museum. I went after reading Geling Yan's book "The Flowers of War" about the rape of Nanjing. This museum holds some archive material of the event and it is distressing. What is more distressing is how the west has a seeming monopoly on WW2 which is called the Global War against Fascism here and it seems to me that that is a much more thoughtful response to the conflict. The whole museum highlights the Chinese perspective and, in places, may seem like propaganda but no more than any war museum in America or the UK.
The total highlight for me was Paul Robeson singing the Chinese National Anthem and the exhibits about Nanjing. But there was much to learn about modern Chinese history and areas to research after our visit.
We went by public transport and it took a while but was easy to find and the staff very patient with us as non Chinese speaking foreigners.
(I think it is a must see because it reflects a huge area of impact in Chinese history and world)Written July 16, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- First and foremost, adults will need a passport to enter and admission for kids are gratis. There are only two floors to see, one of which is underground. The third floor is closed as of the date of this review. The museum is very spacious and very bright, but it will take around 1-2 hours to see everything for yourself. There is a multitude of cannons, planes, rockets and tanks, which are domestically produced weaponry from China, American weaponry garnered from the Korean war, and Soviet weaponry. Most of the Soviet weaponry and Chinese weaponry are in good shape, but the American weapons from the Korean war are usually in very bad condition (the giant U2 scout plane shot down by the Chinese in the 1960s on exhibit on the underground floor is slowly decomposing). There is a noticeable paucity of Chinese-made aircraft, and a lot of the Soviet tanks were propagated to create Chinese tanks. The faculty are pretty helpful and overall the trip will be great if you are willing to walk around a lot.Written July 18, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I would like to report that this tank museum is unfortunately closed for now.
It actually has been closed for the past 2 years, so I do not know why there are people still leaving a review on it in 2018.
The museum has a website and a contact number is listed there. I gave them a call when I was in Beijing and they told me that they are closed. There is no new opening date yet.
An alternative is the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution in central Beijing. It is easily accessible by the Beijing metro.
There are a number of tanks in the basement.Written November 4, 2019
Frequently Asked Questions about Beijing
- These are the best places for budget-friendly military museums in Beijing:
- Chinese People's Anti-Japanese War Museum
- Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution
- Chinese Military Museum