Visiting Museums in Beijing
Art, archaeology, history, music, and more. Find out how to make the most of the museums in Beijing...
Most museums in Beijing are closed on Mondays. Admission is often free, however a ticket is required for admission. Tickets are obtained by showing photo identification. Many museums require visitors to pass through a security checkpoint and to check bags at the door.
Beijing Capital Museum
A large museum featuring exhibits on Beijing folklore, art and history, as well as typical Beijing urban construction. Visitors must have a ticket to enter the museum. Tickets are free however they must be booked in advance via telephone or internet (http://www.capitalmuseum.org.cn/en/reservation.htm). Tickets for the same day must be booked before noon.
- Beijing Capital Museum
At:16 Fuxingmenwai Da Jie, Xicheng District, 100045 Beijing
Ticket Booking Tel: 010 6337 0491 / 010 6337 0492
Beijing Museum of Natural History
A museum of evolution and bio-diversity, the Beijing Museum has exhibitions of plants, fossils and animal life. Closed on Mondays.
- Beijing Museum of Natural History
At: 126 Tianqiao Nan Dajie, Chongwen, Beijing 100050
Tel: 010 6702 7702
China Railway Museum
An extensive hangar housing steam, hydraulic, electric and other locomotives as well as locomotives of historic importance. Model railways are also on display. Near the Beijing Capital International Airport, the museum is not centrally located. It is closed on Mondays.
- China Railway Museum
At: 1 Jiuxiang Qiao Bei Lu, Chaoyang, 100016 Beijing
Tel: 010 6438 1317
China Science and Technology Museum
An extensive museum (48,000 square metres) with science-themed displays and interactive exhibits. The museum features both permanent and temporary exhibitions and has a 4-D cinema. The museum is closed on Mondays.
- China Science and Technology Museum
At: 5 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District
Tel: 010 5904 1188
The Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution
Detailing China's military and weaponry, this massive museum has displays of planes, weapons, paintings of international Communist leaders and other items related to Chinese military history. The museum is closed on Mondays.
- The Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution
At: No.9, Fuxing Road,Haidian, 1000 Beijing
Tel: 010 6686 6244
National Art Museum of China (NAMOC)
This large museum houses Chinese as well as international art. The collection includes sculpture, traditional Chinese painting, lacquer pieces and folk art. Of particular note is the Chinese modern art collection. Admission is free. The museum is open daily.
- National Art Museum of China
At: 1 Wusi Dajie, East District, 100010 Beijing
Tel: 010 8403 3500
National Museum of China (NMC)
The National Museum of China (NMC) is a history and art museum that features a collection of artefacts and art based on the cultural heritage of China. Temporary exhibitions featuring foreign art and history are usually on display as well. The largest museum in the world, the NMC is located on the east side of Tiananmen Square. Entry is free for regular exhibitions but note that a valid passport is required to obtain a ticket. The museum is closed on Mondays.
- National Museum of China
At: 16 East Chang'an Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006
The Palace Museum
The vast Palace Museum houses a collection containing Chinese art and architecture dating back 5,000 years, with special emphasis on art from the Qing imperial court. Visitors can enjoy pottery, metalwork, stone carvings, paintings, jewellery, textiles, lacquer, clocks and jade ware. The museum is open daily.