Top 3 museums in Beijing

Capital Museum

Beijing Capital Museum  ©

Beijing, China’s vibrant and interesting capital city is home to many art galleries and amazing museums. There are approximately 150 famous museums ranging from historical to  cultural and science museums. 33 of the most important Beijing museums are free to anyone. The museums are the best places where the visitors may learn about the Chinese history and art.

From among the 150, I selected the top 3 museums in Beijing with addresses and I hope that it will help you planning your Beijing trip. 

Beijing Capital Museum



Xiaohe beauty dating from the Bronze Age ©Michael Kan/flickr


Beijing Capital Museum opened in 1981 with a large collection of cultural relics and the best museum guide service. This cultural center is located across the road from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The three main parts of the large museum show a beautiful art collection, bronze relics, jade, ink stones, porcelain bowls and old Beijing buildings. The museum has got 5   floors, all filled with items presenting the history and culture of the Qing and Ming dynasties. Some of the space is devoted to life in the Hutongs – the specific narrow streets commonly accociated with Beijing.

The English description and translation is minimal or non-existent. The ultramodern Chinese architecture museum is free for the tourists when they present their passport. It is open between 09:00-17:00 (Closed on Mondays). The address is No.16 Fuxingmenwai Main Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100045 and you can take the bus No. 1 getting down at the stop “Muxidi”.


The Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution


The Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution

The Military Museum ©Mills Baker/flickr


The Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution is the only military museum in Beijing, it was built in 1958 and it occupies a total area of 60,000 square meters. There is a collection of masterpieces of old tanks, planes and small artillery pieces. They have large areas where the visitor can learn about the Navy, the Chinese Army and Air Force. Artworks from ancient to modern times, series of weapons and 500 photographs ( from 1840 to 1960) exhibit in the 21 halls of this 3 floor museum.

Entry to the museum is free but you need to show an ID or a driver’s license. The museum opening time is 8:30 to 16: 00 (Closed on Mondays) and if you want to visit this famous museum the address is No. 9, Fuxing Road, Haidian District, Beijing.


The National Art Museum of China


National Art Museum

National Art Museum of China ©caswell_tom/flickr


The National Art Museum is located on the Northern side of Wangfujing street, close to Prime Hotel and two kilometers West of the exit of the Forbidden Palace. More than 100 thousand items are shown in this huge museum which is divided into 20 halls and into five floors. On the first floor when the visitors enter, they can first find a small gift shop but there are more galleries to the left and right. The pieces are collected from different art styles like Chinese prints, watercolor paintings and sculptures from different historical periods.

The museum is open 09:00-17:00 but is closed on Mondays. The entrance-fee is RMB 20/person. The address is No.1 Wusi Main Street, Dongcheng District; you can get there by bus: No. 101, 104 and 108 if you get off at the ‘Art Museum’ station.

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