Duration: More than 3 hours
Price Guide: 5RMB
As the cultural centre of China, Beijing has many museums. However, this tour just takes you to some of the famous and popular museums in Beijing. Please wear your comfy shoes. You might do a lot of walking.
Junshibowuguan Subway Station
Our tour starts from China Military Museum. Take subway line 1 to Jushibowuguan Station, you will find the museum is on your right-hand side.
China Military Museum is the largest and most comprehensive military museum in China. If you are interested in China’s military history or war history, it’s the right place to visit. This museum collected more than 6000 precious pictures, weapon models, records, etc. The architecture of military museum is pretty unique. It is built as Russian style. It’s one of 10 Russian-style buildings in Beijing.
Coming out from China Military Museum, just keep walking a bit further, you will see another museum on the same side of the road as the military museum. It’s Beijing World Art Museum.
This is a very new and modern art museum. It is famous as exhibiting western art collections. Some famous exhibitions are National Geographic photographs show, Italian Renaissance Art, Spanish Design, etc. It’s a perfect museum for Chinese to learn and study western art and knowledge. If you are interested in western art, but cannot find suitable exhibitions, try this museum.
Take Bus 1 or Bus 4 to Tiananmen Square. The building on the right-hand side of Tiananmen Gate is China National Museum.
China National Museum is the oldest and biggest museum in Beijing. It was built in 1949. It is a multi-functional museum, combining research, collections, archaeology and exhibitions. If you want to learn about Chinese revolutionary history or political history, this is the perfect museum to visit.
At the same side of Tiananmen Gate, you will find a small museum behind a tall brick arch. This museum is called Beijing Culture Museum.
This is museum is very small but very attractive. It was built on the base of a Beijing traditional Siheyuan courtyard. The major exhibitions are about Beijing’s architecture, Forbidden City history, etc. If you want to know more information about Beijing’s historical attractions, please come to this small, but interesting museum.
Go back to Tiananmen Square. The building next to the Great Peoples Hall is China Numismatic Museum.
This museum collects different dynasties’ currencies in China and other foreign ancient currencies. Some of the ancient currency is very precious. It shows the high-level development in finance during ancient times. You will see the first note in China from the Song Dynasty, which is from about the 11th century – much earlier than the existence of foreign notes.
Take the subway from Tiananmen Subway Station, then change from Line 1 to subway line 2 at Jianguomen Station, then take the subway to Chaoyangmen Station. Come out from of and take Bus 112 to Xiaozhuang Station, then change to Bus 725 to Kejiguan Station. Get out of the bus, the China Science and Technology Museum is on your right hand side.
This is the biggest science museum in Beijing. It has three parts, the main building, dome-ceiling cinema and children science building. There are a lot of real experiments here. I am sure you will have lots of fun here.