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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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  • August 30, 2017
    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 »
  • May 18, 2017
    Although I was impressed with the way it was presented it is a kids learning establishment with everthing in Chinese. Good to see how both sides of evolution presented and how man is one from all over...  more »
  • May 4, 2017
    The huge Museum, you can easily spend a half a day, if you are interested in animals (not just extinct, and all). There are plenty of modern animals, stuffed nice exposure with Savannah and tropics. An interesting exhibition about the origins of man. And here is the room with the dinosaurs (for which I walked)-beautiful surrounding. Exhibits a bit, all in a heap, neither consider nor really photograph. Really liked is that prints small dinosaurs, the ancestors of birds: konfuciornisa, mikroraptora etc., judging by inventory numbers, it's not a copy, and the most natural originals! In General, more children and animal lovers.
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  • January 23, 2017
    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!
  • November 30, 2016
    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.
  • January 13, 2017
    Once my favorite in childhood. But actually not that good.
  • March 14, 2016
    Worth visiting once but as others mention, needs updating.
  • February 7, 2013
    While not the best example of a natural history museum in the world the the Beijing Museum of Natural History is still worth a visit if one has time. Located at 126, Tian Qiao Nan Street, in the Chongwen District of Beijing remains one of the most popular natural history museums in China. In fact tickets often have to be purchased in advance, such is its popularity. It was originally founded in 1951 as the National Central Museum of Natural History, and its name changed to the Beijing Museum of Natural History in 1962.

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