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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.