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Natural History Museum, Beijing

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The Beijing Museum of Natural History is located at 126 Tian Qiao Nan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100050, and is the most popular natural history museum in China. It was founded in 1951 as the National Central Museum of Natural History, and its name was changed to the Beijing Museum of Natural History in 1962. The BMNH is the first large scale natural history museum created in China.The BMNH has total floor space of 24,000 square meters, of which 8,000 square meters are available for display and owns more than 200,000 specimens. The major display area is the Tian Jiabing Building. The collections include paleontology, ornithology, mammals and invertebrates, and include a major collection of dinosaur fossils and mounted skeletons. The BMNH also engages in significant scientific research in these areas.
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  • We got there for free (I think because it was a Tuesday) but there wasn't much in English. There was a pretty cool dinosaur skeleton (and some weird, scary-looking taxidermy piglets) but apart from th...  more »
  • The Beijing Museum of Natural History opened in 1959 and has according to many guide books one largest collections of mammal fossils. Access to the museum is difficult by public transport the closed m...  more »
  • there were some great exhibits that were creative and educational and some that were rather sad with little information (in either English or Chinese). the Dinosaur room was the big hit with the Chine...  more »
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  • Exciting in some ways, and disappointing in other ways! Admission is free, and the building is pretty easy to find. It's about a ten minute walk from 珠市口 subway station (line 7). There is very little English signage, but I used my google translate app's camera function to get a rough translation. The aquarium is amazingly pathetic and sad, don't bother going downstairs to see it unless you want to feel pity for some fish. However, the other exhibits, particularly the human origins exhibit, were really cool!!!
  • This museum is a bit of a disappointment. The museum is not very large, so only 45 or so minutes are needed. The robot dinosaur exhibit was pretty cool, as well as the Brazilian fish fossil one. But, the other exhibits were just cheap plastic sculptures. The gift shop was also very overpriced, and the staff were always unavailable. The aquarium was terrible, as the water was spilling onto the floor, and the fish were in crammed tanks meant for goldfish. And whatever you do, DO NOT GO DOWNSTAIRS. Unless you like seeing forensic stuff, like preserved fetuses and corpses, don't go there. I almost threw up, and I couldn't finish my lunch!
  • The museum is mainly directed at school age children in my opinion, with the displays being brief and easy to grasp, but of course the adults can still find a lot to see and enjoy here. The entry is free, which is really a great benefit. On the downside the museum was pretty crowded.
  • Once my favorite in childhood. But actually not that good.
  • Good collection

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