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Beijing Museums

Beijing has 133 registered museums, topping the country in terms of quantity, quality and density. Browsing cultural relics and modern exhibits in cool rooms can be an attraction during the summer months for visitors. There are several must-see museums.

Capital Museum

Beijing Capital MuseumThe Capital Museum houses nearly 250,000 valuable artefacts, mostly unearthed in the Beijing area. Among the treasures are porcelain, bronzes, jade and examples of the “four treasures of the study” (ink, brush, paper, ink stone). At the core of the collection are about 800 historical relics that tell the history of the Beijing area.

On Chang'an Jie (Avenue), the museum building is topped with a rectangular roof that extends over the edge of the edifice like a futuristic mortarboard cap, an amazing experiment in geometric fusion. It has the most sophisticated facilities of any Chinese museum. Reservations required.

Address: 16 Fuxingmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District
Tel: +86 10 6337 0491/ 92 (Reservations)
Open:9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Closed Mondays)
Admission: Free (Reservations required five days in advance)
How to get there: Subway Line 1, Muxidi Station (Exit on south side of Fuxingmen Dajie)
Click here to get detail introduction of Capital Museum.

National Art Museum of China (NAMOC)

National Art Museum of China (NAMOC)NAMOC pioneered the exhibition of modern art in China. Today, it focuses on displaying, collecting and conducting research into modern art in China, but it is also taking the lead in international art exchange programmes involving the best of the world’s art from traditional Chinese paintings to contemporary painting, sculpture and video installations.

Address: 1 Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng District
Tel: +86 10 6401 7076
Open: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Admission: RMB20
How to get there: Take Subway Line 5 and get off at the Dongsi Station, take the northwestern exit and walk west on Dongsi Xidajie which becomes Wusi Dajie near the museum.

Beijing Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

The Beijing Urban Planning Exhibition Hall exhibits stunning scale models of Beijing’s city planning including its business districts, Olympic Village and, on the third floor, the entire city of Beijing in miniature and aerial photographs. Look for your own neighbourhood—it’s remarkable!

Address: 20 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District
Tel: +86 10 6702 4505/59
Open: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Closed Mondays)
Admission: RMB10
How to get there: Subway Line 2, Qianmen Station

China Red Sandalwood Museum

China Red Sandalwood MuseumMost of the exhibits on display at the China Red Sandalwood Museum are made of the increasingly rare red sandalwood. The museum also devotes some space to rare woods including ebony and huali (Onmosia henryi).

Address: 23 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District
Tel: +86 10 8575 2818
Open: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Closed Mondays)
Admission: RMB50
How to get there: Subway Batong Line, Gaobeidian Station

Guan Fu Classic Art Museum

The Guan Fu Classic Art Museum was established in 1997 as the first private, non-profit art museum in China. The Guan Fu museum is located in suburban Beijing, near the capital airport. Its collection focuses on relics and antiques of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Address: 18 Zhangwanfen, Jin Nanlu, Dashanzi, Chaoyang District
Tel: +86 10 6433 8887
Open: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Admission: RMB20
How to get there: Take buses 418, 813, 909

China National Film Museum

The soaring, four-storey China National Film Museum (CNFM) is the world’s largest museum dedicated to a single profession. Founded in 2005 to celebrate 100 years of Chinese cinema, CNFM showcases the history of Chinese cinema and hosts film technology expos, academic exchanges and research that will help advance the cinematic arts in China and worldwide.

The China National Film Museum has 20 permanent exhibition halls, some temporary spaces and multifunctional halls for exhibitions and meetings. In addition, CNFM has one IMAX theatre, one digital projection theatre, and three 35 mm projection theatres.

Since the birth of China’s first film Dingjunshan (Conquering Jun Mountain), Chinese cinema has undergone more than a hundred years of experimentation and innovation. The 20 exhibition halls are organized by period; visitors enjoy multimedia experience that helps them to understand the development of Chinese cinema.

Address: 9 Nanying Lu, Chaoyang District
Tel: +86 10 6431 9548
Open: 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Closed Mondays)
Admission: Free
How to get there: Take buses 402, 418, 813, 909, 973

Poly Art Museum

This was the first museum operated by a State-owned enterprise on the Chinese mainland. Most of the objects in its collections were recovered from abroad. Its treasures reflect the development and the unique charm of China’s ancient bronze civilization. Forty carved figures of Buddha reflect the prosperity of Buddhism in China from the fifth to the eighth centuries.

Address: 14 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Poly Building
Tel: +86 10 6500 8117
Open: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Admission: RMB20
How to get there: Subway Line 2, Dongsishitiao Station

Chairman Mao's Memorial Hall

The Chairman Mao's Mausoleum in the Tian'anmen SquareImmediately behind the Monument to the People’s Heroes on the southern side of Tian’anmen Square is the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, where the embalmed remains of Chairman Mao Zedong (1893–1976), former Chinese leader and national icon, lie at rest.

Chairman Mao’s Memorial Hall was completed in August 1977. There are three main halls on the ground floor, one to the north, one to the south and the hall of reverence in between.

Address: Tian'anmen Square, Dongcheng District
Tel: +86 10 6513 2277, ext. 80
Open: 8:30–11:30 a.m. (Tuesday–Sunday), 2–4 p.m. (Tuesday–Thursday), (Closed Mondays)
How to get there: Subway Line 2, Qianmen Station

Stone Carvings Art Museum

Stone Carvings Art MuseumIt is a quite and beautiful retreat with many stone carvings, stone monuments and a Jin Gang Throne Pagoda. It’s most charming in autumn when the gingko trees present their golden leaves.

Address: 24 Wutasi, Baishiqiao Lu, Xicheng District (West of Beijing Zoo)
Tel: +86 10 6217 3543/6057
Open: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Admission: RMB10
How to get there: Buses 320、332、717、941

Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution

Military Museum of the Chinese People's RevolutionThe Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution is the first and only comprehensive museum on China's military history. Located at Beijing 's Fuxing Road, the museum was completed in July 1959 and opened to the public on August 1, 1960.

The museum has set up a display of the people's revolutionary war, covering 6,600 square meters, which is the only systematic record of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s 28-year-long revolutionary war for the founding of New China. The display is divided into three parts: the "Hall of Land Revolutionary War", "Hall of Anti-Japanese War," and "Hall of National Liberation War."

Since its reopening after renovation on February 18, 2004, the museum has become a vivid classroom for the general public, including inland tourists, students, and CCP party members, and so on.

The "Display of the People's Revolutionary War" won the Prize of Elaborate Works in the Sixth National Top Ten Museums (2003-2004) competition.

Address: 9 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District
Tel: + 86 10 6686 6114
Open: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Admission: RMB10
How to get there: Subway Line 1, Military Museum Station

China National Science and Technology Museum

China National Science and Technology MuseumA great place for children and their parents! In a ball-shaped building, visitors can even experience what it is like to stand on the moon.

China Science and Technology Exhibition Hall was officially opened in 1988. And it is the first integrative national science & technology museum in China.

As a national museum of science and technology, China Science and Technology is an important front for popular science education in China and a social welfare undertaking with important influence.

It has nearly 700 displaying items. "China Ancient Traditional Technology Exhibition" displays the Four Inventions in China ancient time and the ancient traditional technologies, such as ceramic, smelting and etc.

The "Modern Scientific Technology Exhibition" reveals visually the basic principles of disciplines through its lively, brand-new, and hand operated displaying items and demonstration equipment.

In addition, there are displaying items concerning the large-scale models in the sphere of the universe, astronomy, global physics and etc, such as the Fandegelafu's (pinyin) static generator, Yagebu's (pinyin) electric elevator, soap film, sound penetration mirror and so on.

Address: 1 Bei Sanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District
Tel: +86 10 6237 1177
Open: 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Closed Mondays)
Admission: RMB30
How to get there: Take buses 21, 300, 302, 367, 387, 407, 718, 801, 825

China Geological Museum

Built in 1916, this is a world-renowned institution, housing more than 200,000 items, including many ancient records, curiosities and examples of great achievements in scientific research.

Address: 15 Yangrou Hutong, Xisi, Xicheng District
Tel: +86 10 6655 7858
Open: 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Closed Mondays)
Admission: RMB30
How to get there: Take bus No. 22, 38, 101, 102, 103, 603, 806, 808, 850

Beijing Planetarium

Just opposite the Beijing Zoo in Haidian, the Planetarium is the oldest in China. Since its 2004 renovation, it features some of the latest high-tech equipment in the field, and displays some of the earliest examples of scientific activity in China.

Alongside the original Planetarium established in 1957, the 300 million yuan (US$36 million), 20,000-square-metre Planetarium complex has three theatres, two observatories and a solar system exhibition hall. Visitors are treated to a mesmerising 45-minute journey through the stars via the Planetarium’s newly opened SGI(R) Digital Space Theatre, where visitors can for the first time view an impressive array of high-contrast colour images including more than 37,000 stars, 30,000 galaxies, constellations, nebulae, planets, spacecraft, and deep space objects.

Address: 138 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Haidian District
Tel: +86 10 6831 2517
Open: 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday), 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (Wednesday–Friday)
Admission: RMB10
How to get there: Take bus No. 7, 15, 65, 102, 103, 107, 111, 334

Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum

China’s first museum to focus on collecting, researching and displaying the nation’s ancient architectural technology, art and development features a permanent exhibition detailing China’s ancient architectural development from early hutches and mud houses to Ming and Qing dynasty palaces.

Address: 21 Xiannong Altar, Dongjing Lu, Xuanwu District
Tel: +86 10 6304 5608
Open: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Admission: RMB15
How to get there: Take bus No. 15, 17, 25, 105, 110

Ancient Observatory

Built in 1442, the observatory's collection features eight astronomical devices designed by Jesuit astronomers and presented to the imperial court.

Address: 2 Dongbiaobei Hutong, Jianguomen Subway Station, Dongcheng District
Tel: +86 10 6512 8923
Open: 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Admission: RMB10
How to get there: Subway Line 1 or 2, Jianguomen Station

Beijing Art Museum

The permanent collection of the Beijing Art Museum includes bronze and jade artefacts from the Shang and Zhou dynasties (17th–3rd centuries BC), and ceramics, enamels, carved lacquerware, ivory, weavings and embroideries from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Ancient coins from China and Japan complement the collection, which comprises more than 50,000 artefacts from the Neolithic Period to modern times.

Address: Wanshou Temple, Suzhou Jie, Haidian District
Tel: +86 10 6841 3380
Open: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Admission: 10 yuan
How to get there: Take bus No. 300, 323, 374, 811

Beijing Jintai Art Museum

The Jintai Art Museum was founded by Yuan Xikun, a famous painter and a commissioner of the National Committee of the CPPCC (Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference). China’s largest folk art museum highlights China’s profound traditional culture while also introducing the colourful arts of foreign countries.

Address: Chaoyang Park West Gate
Tel: +86 10 6501 9441
How to get there: Take bus No. 115, 302, 705, 988, 976

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