Museums & Monuments

Natural History Museum
Natural history museum. Exhibits include animatronic dinosaurs, fossils, aquarium and a taxidermy collection. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00-17:00 (last admission at 16:00). At 126 Tianqiao Nandajie, Chongwen District, Beijing.
Beijing Planetarium
Planetarium with SGI digital universe theatre, 4-D theatre, 3-D space shuttle simulator and other attractions. Open Wednesday to Friday from 09:30-15:30 and weekends from 09:30-16:30. At 138 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District, Beijing.
China National Film Museum
The worlds largest national film museum with 20 exhibition halls, mostly with Chinese content. Admission is free, but reservation required. OPend Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00-16:30. At 9 Nanying Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Chinese Aviation Museum
Several hangars displaying international aircraft including the planes used by Mao and a Cold-War era hangar. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 08:00-17:00. Located approximately 40 miles north of Beijing, West of Xiaotangshan Town, Changping District.
The Forbidden City
Grand monument to 24 Chinese emperors built in the Ming Dynasty only open to the public since 1925. Seasonal admission charges apply. Open daily from 08:30.
Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology
Art and archaeological museum. Free admission. Guided tours in Chinese and English. Open daily from 09:00-16:30. Closed on public holidays. At West Gate, Peking University, 5 Yiheyuan Lu, Wudaokou, Haidian District, Beijing.
The Palace Museum
Museum exhibiting priceless artefacts and artworks of the Forbidden City. Open daily from 08:30-16:30 (seasonal variations apply). Admission charge. At Forbidden City, Beijing.
Art Museum of Beijing Fine Art Academy
Over 4,000 watercolour paintings from the Song dynasty to contemporary exhibits. Also fine arts events and lectures. Open daily from 09:00-16:00. At 1 Liulitun, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Creative Studio
Located in Beijings unique 798 Art District, the UCCA Creative Studio offers a broad range of classes and workshops that are fun and educational at the same time. Immersed in a truly creative environment, children get up close with contemporary art.
Beijing Police Museum
Museum dedicated to the police with exhibits of police tools of the trade dating back to the Han Dynasty. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00-16:00. At 36 Dongjiamin Xiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing.
Beijing World Art Museum.
High tech art gallery and museum with high profile international art exhibitions. Open daily in summer from 08:00-18:00 and winter from 09:00-17:30. At A9 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District, Beijing.
Apiculture Museum
Museum and laboratory of beekeeping. Admission is free. Gift shop stocks bee-related products. At the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (Botanical Gardens), Xiangshan Nan Lu, Inside Bee Research Institute, Haidian District, Beijing.
Capital Museum
Six storey museum with 11 exhibition halls displaying Chinese art and cultural exhibits. Audio tours in English available. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00-17:00. At 16 Fuxingmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District, Beijing.
Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall
Exhibition hall which contains a miniature model of Beijing, interactive games for kids and a many miniature models. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00-17:00. At 20 Qianmen Dongdajie (just east of the old railroad station), Chongwen District, Beijing.
Agricultural Exhibition Centre
Built in 1959 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Peoples Republic of China and is one of the citys top ten socialist monuments. At 16 Beijing East Third Ring Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.