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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. Plan your National Museum Of China visit and explore what else you can see and do in Beijing using our Beijing road trip planning tool .
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  • Is located in Tiananmen Square, outside the Palace is not much, but in more than 40 halls, there are permanent exhibits like the "ancient China" and "the way of the revival" that are coupled with other national and international exhibitions. In the Museum Nazionalesono present five thousand years of Chinese history, culture and art. The ticket is free by presenting your Passport, but even if the Museum closes at 17:00, the ticket office is open until 15:30. The Museum is closed on Mondays.
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  • The museum is mostly a history museum which takes you through the history of China from Neolithic times to turn of the 20th century. This section is predominantly in the basement of the building and c...  more »
  • In just a little over two hours I was here (keep in mind they start closing at like 4 30 pm), I would say I saw about 80% of the displays starting from the room with big colorful paintings of the foun...  more »
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  • Massive museum with a wide variety of exhibits of art and history. Free for tourists from other countries when you present your passport. The Ancient China permanent exhibit is reason enough to come if you like learning about history, as it takes you from the beginnings of civilization to the end of the Qing dynasty in a well put together exhibit. The other exhibits are interesting and change regularly. They have cafes and gift shops enough to satisfy any need while visiting. Definitely add this to your list when visiting Beijing.
  • Good place to learn the ancient history of China (not so balanced if you are interested in modern history). Great exhibits. Foreigners can gain entry with passport. 100% free to enter. Place is huge, a bit overwhelmed.
  • 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.
  • Dont go on Saturday it is packed. It's closed on Monday's! I was very impressed by the sheer size of this museum 2.2 million square feet. I spent approximately 20 hours over the course of a week. The bottom floor was ancient China. Truly outstanding. The Song Dynasty exhibit was remarkable.Don't go on Saturday. I was lucky to be able to see the Chinese master woodcarver exhibition while here. Woodcarving master Lu Guangzheng's artwork "The way to the sun." Lu's exhibition is a showcase of traditional woodcarving techniques unique to the city of Dongyang, in East China's Zhejiang province. Inspired by the ancient Silk Road, Lu's "One Belt and Road" exhibition can be divided into three categories. I would hate to dust these amazing woodworking pieces.
  • First rate exhibits of historical artefacts across a the broad swath of it's history presented in a cogent manner and context. Provision of WiFi for guests is a major plus as is the fairly comprehensive availability of english translation on most exhibit cards. Do note that foreign nationals require pre-registration through the museum's website for the limited number of tickets available daily. I recommend booking your reservation as soon as the window opens (approximately two weeks ahead) as on many days all two thousand foreign national tickets are taken days in advance.

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