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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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TripAdvisor
  • Where the leading up to modern archaeological remains from Paleolithic of China and art collection. Cost is free, guests are foreign passport
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  • This is a great museum and you could spend days here. The collections are amazing and you can just pick a few areas to explore. I love the Patriotic Art exhibits which capture the passion of modern Ch...  more »
  • The queue to get the entrance is long and must arm themselves with patience. It is accessed with a passport and tickets are free of charge. Once inside you can see the greatness of it. I was in the sample that it portrayed the history of China through its different dynasties. Also visit the room with pictures of the revolution that is shown in a impressive way. A visit worthy of perform in Tiananmen Square.
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  • really huge and educational museum - as it's the NATIONAL one. some temporary/special exhibitions are worth paying for watching. but people with slippers are not allowed to go in (i was turned down once) 別穿拖鞋去!
  • Various and huge. No possibility to finish it off in one day - which is another plus! Free admission, but need to show passport.
  • The National Museum of China is located at the east side of Tiananmen Square which was formerly called the Museum of Chinese History and Museum of Chinese Revolution. It is 313 meters long, 149 meters wide and 40 meters high, covering an area of 69,000 square meters. The building was one of the “Ten Great Constructions” completed for the 10th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in 1959. After four years’ renovation and expansion, the new National Museum reopened on Apr. 1st, 2011 which is the largest museum in the world. There are altogether 48 exhibition rooms in the new National Museum, ranging from 700-2000 square meters. The rooms of Ancient China and Road to Rejuvenation are the main basic exhibitions. There are nearly 3,000 historic relics from Yuanmou Man (1,700,000 years ago) to the abdication of the Qing Emperor in 1912 on display in ten exhibition halls. The modern and contemporary revolutionary relics since the First Opium War in 1840 to the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 are also displayed in nine exhibition halls. There are also a variety of thematic exhibitions in the National Museum, such as the Arts of bronze, porcelain, jade, Chinese calligraphy and paintings, Buddhist statues, Ming and Qing furniture and coins etc.
  • Great museum. You should you the Wechat guide to fully explore it.
  • Wonderful building and collection of Chinese heritage. Free entry with passport.