Tips for Visiting National Museum Of China

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Plan your Beijing city tour? The National Museum of China may be not a must do in Beijing if you only have 2 or 3 days to stick around. But if you’re here for quite a few days, or you have finished the so-called bucket list, this huge museum is perfect for you no matter you are a history buff or not.

Though not a universal museum like the British Museum, Louvre, Hermitage, or Smithsonian, but as a national museum, the National Museum of China is also top on the list, one of the five or six greatest museums in the world.

It is a grand museum with multiple floors of exhibition halls. The massive museum comprises mainly two halls showcasing permanent exhibits – “Ancient China ” at basement level and “The Road to Rejuvenation” near the entrance, plus a few temporary galleries on upper floors some of which you have to pay entry fees to enter.

National Museum Of China

In the basement you can walk through over 5000 years of history, from stone age artifacts to Zhou bronzes, Tang ceramics, Yuan embroidery, Ming pottery, Qing Dynasty Culture and much more.

The “Road to Rejuvenation” displays the exhibits and artifacts which provides an authoritative view of the last 100 plus years history.

Its location

The museum is located on the east side of Tian ‘anmen Square, 16 Dongchang ‘an Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing.

Its proximity to: Tian ‘anmen Square (300m), Qianmen Street (800m), Dashilan (1.2km), Forbidden City (1.5km), Jingshan Park (2.3km), Beihai Park (2.7km), Temple of Heaven (2.7km).

The museum is located on the east side of Tian ‘anmen Square


Open Hours, Tickets and Booking

1. The opening hours are from 9:00 to 17:00 every day (no admission at 16:00). The museum will be closed on Mondays (except holidays), and the night sessions will be cancelled temporarily.

2. The daily visit limit is 8000 people, and all visitors must book online. before 4:00 pm each day, you can make a booking which can be valid for 7 days. The group reservation and on-site reservation are not accepted.

Online Ticket Booking ( Now only in Chinese)

3. There are three time periods for visitors : 2000 people from 9:00 to 10:00, 3500 people from 10:00 to 13:30, 2500 people from 13:30 to 15:30, until the quota is full.

4. During the opening period of limited booking, visitors are required to check their ID card, show their health code in real time (they can also apply for the health code of the same day in advance through the Beijing Health Treasure mini-program) and accept health monitoring. They can only enter the museum if there is no abnormality.

5. During the opening period of limited booking, manual interpretation service will be suspended, and visitors shall wear masks correctly throughout the exhibition and observe the exhibition in a civilized and orderly manner.

Travel Tips

1.Show your passport at the ticketing office to get your free ticket;

2. A lot of security and your belongings will be checked. If you bring a backpack you have to deposit it at the cloakroom for 10 yuan;

3. Signage is in Mandarin and English, easy to guide you inside the huge building;

4. Wearing a pair of comfy sports shoes. Prepare for some stroll and it is a huge layout;

5. 3-4 hour is needed to cover the two major halls – “Ancient China” and “the Road to Rejuvenation”;

6. Food and beverage outlets are orderly laid out inside the museum and a nice cafe on the first floor where you can also have soup and sandwich for a reasonable price;

7. WiFi only available when you sit down and buy a cup of coffee in the coffee shop and they give you the access;

8. Gift shops are dotted around the building with a great variety of quality products and souvenirs;

9. Not all galleries have English translations.

10. For exhibitions where photography is allowed, do not use flash, selfie stick or foot stand;

11. The museum lacks interesting activities for Children;

12. Electric wheelchairs and elderly mobility vehicles are not allowed in the museum;

13. Visit Hotline: 010-65116400 (9:00-16:00)
Complaint Hotline: 010-65116188 (9:00-16:00)

14. Official Website of National Museum of China: http://en.chnmuseum.cn/

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2 Responses to “Tips for Visiting National Museum Of China”

  1. Steven says:

    Just tried to get in to the Museum but was told we have to pre book online or through WeChat. Online registration was only available to Chinese Nationals with an ID card, no option for passport holders. Have you heard differently?

  2. Daniel says:

    Dear Steven,

    Awfully sorry for our delayed reply!

    We’ve just visited the Museum’s official website. From its Chinese version page, you can pre book the entry tickets:

    http://ticket.chnmuseum.cn/yuyue/index ( It seems that at present only the Chinese can meet the requirements for the booking.

    Please find below the official notice from the Museum ( we translate it into English for your reference):

    Announcement on the Orderly Opening of the National Museum of China
    2020-09-30

    In accordance with the instructions of the CPC Central Committee on normalizing epidemic prevention and control, in accordance with the unified deployment of epidemic prevention and control in Beijing, and in the light of the actual work of the National Museum of China, it is decided to open to the public from 1 October 2020. The relevant matters are hereby announced as follows:

    1. The opening hours are from 9:00 to 17:00 every day (no admission at 16:00). The museum will be closed on Mondays (except holidays), and the night sessions will be cancelled temporarily.

    2. The daily visit limit is 8000 people, and all visitors must book online. before 4:00 pm each day, you can make a booking which can be valid for 7 days. The group reservation and on-site reservation are not accepted.

    3. There are three time periods for visitors : 2000 people from 9:00 to 10:00, 3500 people from 10:00 to 13:30, 2500 people from 13:30 to 15:30, until the quota is full.

    4. During the opening period of limited booking, visitors are required to check their ID card, show their health code in real time (they can also apply for the health code of the same day in advance through the Beijing Health Treasure mini-program) and accept health monitoring. They can only enter the museum if there is no abnormality.

    5. During the opening period of limited booking, manual interpretation service will be suspended, and visitors shall wear masks correctly throughout the exhibition and observe the exhibition in a civilized and orderly manner.

    The National Museum of China will strictly implement all prevention and control measures to ensure a safe and orderly opening. Thank you for your support and cooperation.

    National Museum of China

    September 30, 2020

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