Tips for Visiting National Museum Of China

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Plan your Beijing city tour? The National Museum of China is not a must do in Beijing if you only have 2 or 3 days to stick around. But if you’re here for a week, 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.

The museum is located on the east edge of Tian’amen Square

Though not a universal museum like the British Museum, Louvre, Hermitage, or Smithsonian, 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.


  1. The museum is located on the east edge of Tian’amen Square. Taking Subway Line 1 and get off at Tian’amen East, and exit D.
  2. Show your passport at the ticketing office to get your free ticket. Foreigners get their free tickets on the right ticket booth, and locals on the left side.
  3. The museum is open at 9 am (Closed on Mondays). Go there early before the crowd floods the entrance. Free ticketing till 3:30pm and no entry starting from 4:00pm and closed at 5:00pm. Daily admittance is limited.
  4. 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.
  5. Signage is in Mandarin and English, easy to guide you inside the huge building.
  6. 3-4 hour is needed to cover the two major halls – “Ancient China” and “the Road to Rejuvenation”.

“Ancient China”: Permanent display. Venue: Galleries N20-N25, S15-S18, S20
“Road to Rejuvenation”: Permanent exhibition. Venue: North Galleries N1 – N4.

  1. Wearing a pair of comfy sports shoes. Prepare for some stroll and it is a huge layout.
  2. Food and beverage outlets are orderly laid out inside the museum. nice cafe on the first floor where you can also have soup and sandwich for a reasonable price.
  3. WiFi only available when you sit down and buy a cup of coffee in the coffee shop and they give you the access.
  4. Gift shops are dotted around the building with a great variety of quality products and souvenirs.
  5. Not all galleries have English translations.
  6. The museum lacks interesting activities for Children.
  7. You may rent an audio guide for 30 RMB by giving cash 100RMB deposit and your passport.
  8. Official Website of National Museum of China:

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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: ( 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

    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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