Top 5: Museums in Beijing

by Katie Skrzek

Aug 24, 2018

Rainy day on an old hutong street near Hou Hai, Beijing, China © Tim Martin | Dreamstime

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Beijing, China’s capital city, is rich in history. On your next visit, stop by these museums to learn more about Beijing’s cultural and historical significance.


National Museum of China 

The museum houses more than 1 million artifacts detailing the cultural history of China including paintings, jade, currency and pottery. Admission is free. You will need to show your passport for entrance.


China Science and Technology Museum 

Opened in 1988, the museum is the only comprehensive national science and technology museum in China. There are four permanent exhibits and rotating temporary exhibits. Closed Monday. Admission costs less than $5.


National Art Museum of China 

The museum features both ancient and contemporary Chinese art. Opened to the public in 1963, the museum houses 21 exhibition halls. Admission is free, though tickets are limited to 4,000 people per day. Closed Monday.


Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall 

Learn more about Beijing’s infrastructure at the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall. The museum highlights Chinese urban planning achievements and future plans for Beijing. Closed Monday.


Paleozoological Museum of China 

The natural science museum is dedicated to paleontology, paleoecology, paleoanthropology and the theory of evolution. More than 1,000 artifacts on display include fossils and tools from early humans. Closed Monday. Admission costs about $3.


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