The National Museum of China

Ticket Price Free for basic exhibitions and permanent galleries; visitors need to pay for some special exhibitions.
Notes: 3,000 visitors permitted every day, including 2/3 group visitors and 1/3 individual visitors.Tickets better to book at least 7 days before your travel date.
Open Hours 9:00 to 17:00, closed on Monday
(Tickets issued until 15:30; Last entry at 16:00)

The National Museum of China (国家博物馆) is located at the east side of Tian’anmen Square, opposite the Great Hall of the People. It was founded in February 2003, based on the merging of two previous museums, namely the National Museum of Chinese History and the National Museum of Chinese Revolution. It is the largest museum in China and one of the largest museums in the world.

The National Museum of Chinese History, the main exhibits covered the history of China from its earliest beginnings up until the Chinese Revolution of 1911–12, was established at the former Imperial College of the Ming and Qing dynasties in 1912 and later expanded to rooms above the south gate of the Forbidden City and associated spaces.

The Museum of the Chinese Revolution, established in 1950, was dedicated to the history of China from about 1840 onward, particularly highlighting the history of the Chinese Communist Party. A new building to house the two museums was completed in 1959.

New construction began in 2007, and the museum reopened to the public in 2011, the museum’s collection features more than one million objects, ranging from replicas of bones of Peking man to scientific instruments introduced to China by missionaries in the 18th and 19th centuries and many hundreds of decorative objects—such as bronzes, pottery, lacquerware, jade, and textiles—and documents, art, and artifacts ranging from the Paleolithic Period to the present.

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