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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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  • In order to enter the museum one has to line up for security to enter Tian-An-Man square, then line up to enter the museum compound, then line up to get a ticket to enter the museum building, then lin...  more »
  • To do this enormous place justice one needs to spend several days there. We just visited the ancient China sections in the basement. If you have already been to the Shanghai Museum fairly equivalent b...  more »
  • For starters, it was a delight just to enter the museum after standing in line for ca. 30 minutes in freezing winds. The layout is easy to follow. Worth a mention are the interesting sections devoted ...  more »
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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.