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National Museum Of China

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Address: No.16 East Chang'an Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
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+86 10 6526 3355
09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

This museum features changing exhibits related to political themes such as...

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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Museum is super, but very long lines to enter

Everything about the museum is great - different types of exhibitions are included, but it was very irritating that you need to wait in huge lines - first the security check and... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Everything about the museum is great - different types of exhibitions are included, but it was very irritating that you need to wait in huge lines - first the security check and then the line for the museum. Also a plus is that the entrance is free, but you need to purchase ticket although.

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Scarborough, Tobago
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this museum because its huge and had a lot about Chinese history and culture. There is also alot of amazing artifacts. Some of the exhibits are only in Chinese but its still fascinating to watch, observe and learn. I definitely recommend if your are in Beijing this attraction is a must do!

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Issaquah, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

...and it was one of the best museums (or museum like places) we visited while in Beijing. AND it's free! It doesn't get much better than some free history :) They have great exhibits, but we spent the entire time in the Ancient China exhibit (about 3-4 hours) with some phenomenal history, artifacts and straight up art.

Thank cableknit
Tampere, Finland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a huge museum with unbelievable depth and comprehensiveness. The objects on display are from all the relevant historic eras of Chinese culture. And the good thing about visiting a museum in China is that you don't need to understand chinese or know anything about the history of the country. There are explanations in english so don't worry: this... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be prepared for long waits and large groups. Unless you push your way in you won't see anything as it is a sheer numbers game. Well worth the visit if you are able to see everything.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ancient Chinese exhibition was amazing and everything mostly had an English translation. It was a bit confusing to get into and there were long lines but they moved pretty quickly, just remember to turn right if you have a passport (don't follow the locals) and you will get your free ticket in. I wandered up to the upper levels... More 

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Beijing, China
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of my favorites. After taking visitors to see Tiananmen Square, we usually head over to the National Museum. I enjoy the "revolutionary" hall with the artwork of key moments from Communist history, and the many halls of art featuring important Chinese artists, as well as exhibits from other countries. It is free, so it is a good place to... More 

Thank Pam T
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The biggest issue with this museum is is within the forbidden city security perimeter. There is no separate entrance, yesterday we waited one hour and 15 minutes just to get through security, with a lot of pushing. This kind of put a damper on the day. Nice museum just needs more English signs. Don't forget to bring your passport and... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a museum slammed full of a variety of things. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND STARTING AT THE BOTTOM, and working your way up. The bottom of the museum has more history type of exhibits, where the top floors are more art based. We started at the top and worked our way down, but the most enjoyable parts were the ancient... More 

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the museum on my last day in Beijing. The building itself is magnificent, over 300 metres long, high ceilings and with over 20 separate exhibition halls, so there's no way you can expect to take in all of it. After looking at some of the magnificent sculptures in the foyer, we decided to focus on the history of China... More 

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