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National Museum of China

Beijing | History - Asian Art
Free Admission
7 96 Votes
Beijing’s premier museum is housed in an immense 1950s communist-style building on the eastern side of Tienanmen Square, and is well worth visiting. The Ancient China exhibition on the basement floor is outstanding. You could easily spend a couple of hours in this exhibition alone. It contains dozens and dozens of stunning examples of ceramics, calligraphy jade and bronze pieces dating from prehistoric China through to the Qing dynasty. It's all displayed beautifully in modern, spacious, low-lit exhibition halls. You'll need your passport to gain entry.

On the basement exhibition, look out for the 2000-year-old jade burial suit, made for the Western Han dynasty king Liu Xiu, and the life-sized bronze acupuncture statue, dating from the 15th century. The 2000-year-old rhino-shaped bronze zūn (wine vessel) is another stand-out piece. The Ancient Chinese Money exhibition on the top floor, and the Bronze Art and Buddhist Sculpture galleries, one floor below, are also worth seeing.

The ground floor has a number of Salvador Dalí sculptures, and a new room dedicated to socialist-realism art with the epic Birth of New China ink painting, which depicts Mao Zedong addressing the nation to announce the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949.

09:00 - 17:00

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  • Name: National Museum of China
  • Address: 16 East Chang'an Avenue - 100006 - Beijing - Chine
  • Phone: (86) 10 6511 6400


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