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National Museum Of China, Beijing

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East of Tiananmen Square stands National Museum Of China, an inclusive institution which commemorates the nation's history and honors its culture. After years of renovation and expansion, the museum reopened in 2011 as one of world's largest modern museums. Inspect the displayed treasures exhibited in various themes such as the arts of porcelain and jade, Chinese paintings and calligraphy, dynasty furniture, and Buddhist memorabilia. The museum also houses thousands of archaeological discoveries like the 1.7 million-year-old teeth of the Yuanmou Man. In addition to exploring the exhibition halls, you can rest at tea or coffee shops, purchase souvenirs, and watch educational movies at the 700-seat theater. Add National Museum Of China to your Beijing travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Beijing holiday planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Loads to see and do but unfortunately very little English. The exhibits are good and varied. Compared to other communist countries i have visited its not as in your face.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    The National Museum Of China is a world-class, must stop museum on any tour of Beijing. Artifacts up to 12,000 years old that are in extraordinarily excellent condition. One-of-a-kind pottery and iron...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Biggest inconvenience here was the wait to check my bag in the cloakroom. Free entry with passport. 20 plus exhibition halls. Fantastic Rembrant exhibition there currently. Favourite was the gifts giv...  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    It's a good museum and not too overwhelming, despite the awe-inspiring size of the place. It's very airy and the exhibits are limited and tightly focused. It's got a good mix of various things, although each individual exhibit isn't really tied to any of the others through any thematic link. I enjoyed the jade exhibit and the wood-carving exhibit, and some of the ceramics were most impressive. The staff speaks a decent amount of English, but be warned, you're going to need your passport to get in.
  • January 23, 2017
    AMAZING PLACE. Lots of artifacts ranging from golden buddhas to bronze vessels (LOTS OF THEM.) fill the museum. There's so much that you won't be able to finish it in one day! The museum is also relatively clean, and has a modern design. Entry is free at this museum. The gift shop is also small, but cozy and nice! They sell many accessories for reasonable prices. I would recommend this place to anyone who goes to Beijing!
  • April 29, 2017
    I LOVE IT HERE!! There is a lot to learn here! Make sure to not bring any forbidden stuff along with you through the security. The security is no joke. They even confiscate my selfie stick.
  • February 14, 2017
    Superb museum with splendid collections! I went there with my friend during the Chinese Spring Festival period, and there was the temporary art exhibition of Meilin Han, the designer of Beijing 2008 signs. And huge amount of paintings as well as sculptures of rooster (because of 2017 is the year of Rooster according to Chinese culture). There were also this Chinese Calligraphy session that impressed us very much. The best thing about the museum is that you can expect almost every piece of their collections has an introduction in English. We arrived in the afternoon, so it was only 3 hours to spend (yet it was really an amazing tour). Will definitely go again to continue enjoying the ancient China exhibitions in the basement.
  • April 19, 2017
    I am sure this an excellent Museum but one should note that you need to book tickets 3 days in advance, yes you can get some on the day but you should book in advance as they sell out quickly. If you go with a tour guide make sure you have done your research first as you cannot always trust what you are being told.

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