Beijing has long been considered the cultural capital of China. It really can be called a one-of-a-kind city, which has absorbed innumerable fabulously beautiful museums, monuments of architecture and other historical sites.
The stunning Beijing is a cultural esthete that will happily showcase all its works of art both to the locals and guests of the city.
Art Museum in Beijing
The art museum was opened in December 1999. It exhibits the treasures of ancient China. The museum has a permanent exhibition of stone sculpture and bronze. You can see the goblets of the Shan dynasty, ancient boilers and bells, as well as forty Buddha carvings dating back to the V-VIII centuries and found in Shandong province. The entire exposition of the museum fully reflects the development and unique charm of the ancient civilization of China.
The purpose of the museum is to collect rare and valuable collections, and not in pursuit of the number of various cultural and historical artifacts.
Address: No. 14 Dongzhimen South Street, 2nd floor of Poly Building, Dongcheng District
Museum of the Han Tomb Dabotai in Beijing
The Museum of the Han Tomb Dabotai is a unique museum in China, located in the ancient underground palace of Liu Jiang. On the area of 18 thousand square meters are located the tombs, built of cypress, nanmu and other expensive tree species.
During the excavations of the tomb, archaeologists found more than a thousand pieces of bronze, iron, lacquer, jade, gold, agate, silk, ceramics and other valuable materials. The main activities of the museum include an excursion into the history of the imperial tombs of the historical dynasties of China, tombs, objects that were buried along with princes and emperors.
In the museum you can see three chariots and 11 statues of horses, made in full size. It is worth saying that this tomb, located in the palace of Prince Liu Jiang, has been preserved better than all the tombs, therefore it is of great interest among researchers and tourists.
Address: Fengbao Rd, Fengtai
Beijing Grape Museum
The Grape Museum in China is a multifunctional center where grapes are grown and wine is produced. There are 15 of the most modern greenhouses, a grape seedling, a grape corridor 10 meters long, a territory for tourists and visitors. The total area of the grape museum is more than 4 hectares.
Here grapes such as Cabernet, Riesling and Semillon are grown and produced high-quality varieties of both white and red wines. Wine festivals and winegrowing contests are also held here.
Address: Caiyu Town, Daxing District
Songtangzhai Museum in Beijing
The Songtangzhai Museum is a private museum of folk stone and wood carving owned by Mr. Li Songtang and his family. It is located on the old Peking Street in a two-story building from the time of the Qing dynasty. The museum has more than 1,000 exhibits.
In the exhibition halls of the museum you can see carved stone gates of the Ming dynasty, stone-carved figures of people and animals, stone and wooden figurines, etc. Mr. Li Songtang collected his collection throughout China. In addition to the carvings, the museum has a collection of blue and white porcelain of the Yuan dynasty.
Address: No.3 Guozijian Road, Dongcheng District
Lou Xin Museum in Beijing
The Lou Xin Museum is dedicated to the life and work of the famous Chinese writer, poet and essay writer Lu Xin and is located in his former residence. The museum was founded in 1956. The exhibition is located in the house in which the writer lived and worked, and consists of his personal belongings, photographs, manuscripts, books, drawings, and also contains a large collection of various pieces of art.
In 1994, a new exhibition hall in Beijing-style Siheyuan was built near his house. In total, the museum has more than thirty thousand different exhibits, including some historical relics.
Address: No.19 Fuchengmennei Avenue, 2th alleyway, Gongmenkou, Xicheng District
Aviation Museum in Beijing
The Aviation Museum is located in the west of Beijing. Here you will get acquainted with popular passenger and military aircraft, helicopters and fighters. For aviation enthusiasts, this museum will be interesting because it is located on a real military base.
During World War II, a military base was located in its place. In memory of it, it was decided to save and remake several runways and a large aviation hangar for museum exhibits. The Aviation Museum opened in 1989, especially for the celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Air Force.
The museum itself is divided into three parts. In the first part you will get acquainted with the most popular passenger aircraft in the history of aviation. During an exciting excursion you will visit the cockpit and sit in the passenger seats. The second and third parts are on two runways. Here you will meet world-famous military and cargo aircraft, fighters and helicopters.
Address: Inside Dashanzi Railway, Chaoyang District
Beijing Railway Museum
The Beijing Railway Museum houses locomotives built in the People’s Republic of China since 1949. This is the first of its kind museum in Beijing. The total area of the exhibition halls of the museum is 16,500 square meters.
The museum is located in the building of the railway station, built in 1906. Here are the first steam engine, the locomotive "Chinese rocket", details of trains, medals, books (there are even books in Russian), paintings and old photos with trains and locomotives, inscriptions in the Antiperson Stop style, collection of travel tickets, layouts of various stations. Projectors on the walls broadcast videos with trains and patriotic music. On a special large touch screen, you can see photos of trains.
Address: No.2A Qianmen Main Street, Chongwen District
Beijing Waterworks Museum
The Beijing Museum of the aqueduct is a collection of unusual and interesting exhibits that demonstrate the history of the development of the aqueduct in Beijing. The Beijing Waterworks Museum is one of the most unusual museums in the world. It is located on the territory of the former water treatment plant, which began its work in 1908. The exposition is dedicated to the construction and development of a water supply system in Beijing, as well as to the problem of shortage and reasonable saving of water resources.
The museum collection has more than three hundred exhibits distributed in three halls. In the first hall there are exhibits showing the very beginning of the formation of a water supply system in Beijing. In the second - the development of water supply in the period after the revolution. And in the third - the instruments and mechanisms used in the modern water supply system, which supplies Beijing residents with water.
Address: No.6 Courtyard (Qingshuiyuan Neighborhood), Dongzhimen Beidajie, Dongcheng District
Chinese Aviation Museum in Beijing
The Chinese Aviation Museum is the largest museum in all of Asia, and therefore is known far beyond China. It was founded in November 1989 and is dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the Air Force of the People's Republic of China.
The museum is located at the foot of Datanshan Mountain. Part of the exhibits is located inside the caves of Datanshan Mountain, as they were originally part of the bunkers of the Shahe air base. The length of all the tunnels reaches 586 meters, width - 40 meters and height - 11 meters. The museum has 300 airplanes, about 200 types of helicopters, 13,000 items of weapons and other types of equipment. Some exhibits are considered cultural monuments of national importance. Most of the exhibits belong to the period of the formation of the People's Republic of China and the time of the Korean and Cold Wars.
Address: Changping, the foot of Datanshan Mountain
Chinese Brand Museum in Beijing
The Chinese Museum is located in the building of the China National Philatelic Corporation. The museum exposition is located in two exhibition halls on an area of five thousand square meters and has two hundred thousand stamps from China and other countries.
All exhibits are divided into four categories: stamps of the Qing dynasty and the Republic of China, stamps of the national revolution period, stamps of the new China and Taiwan stamps and the countries of the Universal Postal Union, which includes more than two hundred countries and regions. Many of the stamps represented in the museum collection are very rare, and some are simply unique.
Address: No.6 North Gongyuan West Street, Dongcheng District
Museum of Xu Beihun in Beijing
The Museum of Xu Beihun is a museum dedicated to the life and work of one of the first Chinese artists of the 20th century, who managed to combine national and European artistic traditions. Xu Beihun is rightly called the father of modern Chinese painting.
The museum consists of an introductory hall and seven exhibition halls. Its total area is 2.700 square meters. The museum exhibits more than 1,200 works by the great painter, as well as more than 10,000 books and paintings collected by Xu Beihun in his entire life. In this extensive collection you can see rare masterpieces of modern Chinese painting. Self-portraits of Xu Beihun are shown in the opening hall
Address: 53 Xijiekou Avenue, Xicheng District
Geological Museum of China in Beijing
The Geological Museum of China is located in one of the districts of Beijing-Sichen. The museum was founded at the beginning of the last century, and its area is more than 11 thousand square meters, which makes it the largest museum of geology in all of Asia. In 2004, the museum building was restored, the number of rooms increased, and the collection was supplemented with new exhibits.
Today the collection of the Geological Museum has 200 thousand exhibits covering various areas of geology. The exposition is divided into several rooms. Here you will find a luxurious collection of precious stones, including the largest rock crystal in the world weighing 3.5 tons, fossils of dinosaur-platypus and the most ancient people, as well as artifacts from the village of Zhoukoudian and much more. The museum, in coalition with American and British universities, conducts its own scientific research in the field of studying primitive birds.
Sackler Museum of Art and Archeology at Peking University
The Sackler Museum of Art and Archeology at Peking University is located on the university’s western campus. The museum was created by famous collector and patron Arthur M. Sackler. The entrance to the museum is located at the end of a five-story red brick building.
The museum has more than 10,000 exhibits, covering a period of 280,000 years, beginning with the Paleolithic. The exhibition consists of archaeological artifacts of bronze, jade, ceramics, found during excavations in China and other countries. In the exhibition halls of the museum, all eras of ancient China are presented in chronological order.
Address: West campus of Peking University, No.5 Yiheyuan Road, Haidian District
Museum of Applied Arts in Beijing
The Museum of National Arts and Crafts, located on the fourth floor of a building of a large corporation, is the first in Beijing museum of professional arts and crafts. The museum was founded in 1987 and operates thanks to financial support from sponsors.
The museum collection contains more than 3,000 items, taking into account works of fine art and handicraft products. Among the exhibits there are China's magnificent porcelain, filigree bone carving, cloisonne enamel and wood carving. Special attention is given to the collection of gold jewelry inlaid, as well as antique articles made of bronze and jade.
Also there is a large collection of paintings and portraits of celebrities and famous people of China. Visiting the Museum of Arts and Crafts, you can fully enjoy the subtle and exquisite creations of human hands.
Address: Wangfujing Street, 200, Dongcheng
Beijing Museum of Ancient Coins
The Beijing Museum of Ancient Coins is located in the Deshengmen medieval watchtower. This is one of the two surviving watchtowers, which during the Ming and Qing dynasties guarded the entrance to the inner city. The tower has a height of almost 32 meters and is one of the key cultural and historical relics of Beijing. In 1993, a museum of ancient coins was opened.
The permanent exhibition of the museum shows about a thousand Chinese bronze and silver coins and paper bills from the most ancient samples to the modern currency of the PRC. In addition, temporary thematic exhibitions are held in the museum of ancient coins.
Address: North Second Ring Middle Road, Xicheng District
China Railway Museum in Beijing
The Railway Museum of China is a huge hangar, which contains many old locomotives. It is located on the outskirts of Beijing. The museum was built in 2003. The exhibition area of the museum is sixteen and a half thousand square meters. In the museum you can see various real old steam locomotives, diesel locomotives and electric locomotives with wagons. Some of them are allowed for climbing.
The museum has a branch located in the building of the former East Railway Station. There are exhibited models of railways and rolling stock and numerous documents related to the history of the development of the Chinese railway.
Address: North of No.1 Jiuxianqiao North Road, Chaoyang District
National Zoological Museum of China in Beijing
The National Zoological Museum of China is located on the territory of the Institute of Zoology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and is the largest zoological museum in the country. It is located in a modern three-story building in the form of a huge gray parallelepiped, one side of which is completely glazed.
The exposition of the museum consists mainly of various species of birds, mammals and insects. In particular, the museum has a huge collection of butterflies. In total, the museum exhibits more than five thousand exhibits. In the center of the exhibition there is a huge whale skeleton. The museum also has a 4D cinema.
Address: Building 1, Beichen Xilu, Chaoyang District
Art Museum of Han Meiling in Beijing
The Han Meiling Museum of Art is an individual museum of the famous contemporary Chinese artist Han Meiling. It has been open since 2006. The museum is located in a three-story building of gray color, built in Art Nouveau style. The interior of the museum is very simple, no frills. The main emphasis in the planning of the building was placed on the huge internal spaces.
The museum has four exhibition halls. Two rooms on the first floor and one on the second and third. The museum exposition presents samples of painting, calligraphy, ceramics and sculpture. In total, the museum has about 2,000 permanently exhibited objects of art and almost 3,000 items that are exhibits of temporary exhibitions.
Address: No. 68 Jiukeshu Donglu, Tongzhou
Beijing Museum of the City Wall of the Liao and Jin Dynasties
The Beijing Museum of the City Wall of the Liao and Jin Dynasties was created on the remains of a water gate and city wall near the north bank of the Liangshui River. It was founded in 1995. The exhibition area of the museum is 2500 square meters. The water gates are located underground at a depth of 5 meters and are connected to the river through the sewer system.
Most of the exposure is located underground. It consists mainly of ancient artifacts from the Liao and Jin dynasties, which were found in and around Beijing. The main exhibition is called "The Development of the Capital Beijing".
Address: No.41 Yulinli, Youanmenwai, Fengtai District
Beijing Museum of Classical Art Guanfu
The Beijing Museum of Classical Art Guanfu is a small museum, most of which exhibits belong to the period of two dynasties: Ming and Qing. It is located in a two-story building built in the old Chinese style. The exhibition space of the museum consists of only one hall and covers an area of one hundred and fifty square meters.
The exhibition hall displays antique samples of furniture, chinaware, woodwork, etc. Examination of the exhibition takes place to the sound of traditional Chinese music, which contributes to immersing visitors in that distant era.
Address: No.18 Jinzhan South Road, Jinzhan Country, Chaoyang District
Ethnographic Museum of Minzu University in Beijing
The Ethnographic Museum is located in one of the buildings of Minzu National University. In the museum you can see unique exhibits and everyday objects of the indigenous peoples of China.
The Ethnographic Museum of Minzu National University was opened in 1951. It consists of four rooms: costumes and decorations of northern and southern peoples, life and culture of indigenous peoples, as well as a hall of religion. A special place is occupied by a special exhibition hall where exhibitions of small ethnic groups in China are held.
Address: Bo Wu Guan Lu, Hai Dian Qu
Capital Museum in Beijing
The capital museum, located in the city of Beijing, was opened in 1981 in a purpose-built building in the modernist style of glass and concrete. In the modern halls on the seven floors of the museum are interesting exhibitions and exhibits.
Expositions of the Metropolitan Museum acquaint visitors with the history and art of China - a country with a multimillion-dollar history, the birthplace of many inventions. The museum collection contains 200 thousand exhibits, including bronze and porcelain items, Buddha statues, ancient Chinese paintings, household items and national clothes. Temporary exhibitions introduce guests to contemporary Chinese culture. The museum also has cafes and souvenir shops.
Address: Guohong Mansion, Xicheng
Museum of the Chinese Press in Beijing
The Museum of Chinese Press presents exhibits related to the ancient methods of printing, the development of modern printing and digital printing technologies in China.
The three-story building of the museum is divided into three rooms, which tell the story of printing, from ancient times to modernity. The total area of the exhibition halls is 3 thousand square meters. At the entrance to the building stands a statue of Bi Sheng, the Chinese inventor of the printing press. On the second floor of the museum there are three special exhibitions related to the printing of banknotes, personal stamps and features of the printing technologies of Macau, Taiwan and Hong Kong. On the first floor of the building is the Gutenberg mini-museum with its designed printing press.
Address: Xuezhixuan Bldg (North Gate), Xue Qing Lu, Hai Dian Qu
Wax Museum in Beijing
The Museum of Wax in Beijing, one of the largest in China, features the history of the Ming dynasty. In the museum halls scenes on the most vivid episodes from the life of emperors and ordinary people are reconstructed, each of which allows you to get an idea not only about one or another historical period, but also about the character of the rulers themselves. Wax figures of historical figures are very realistic, ranging from clothing to the smallest details. The figures here are not just talking to each other, they live here!
The exposition of the wax museum can be divided into three categories: historical events, episodes of life or death. Looking at them, it becomes clear that life in the imperial palace and around it was both cruel and “merry” at the same time. Here, emperors and officials, concubines and grandees, tax collectors and the poor - ragged and mired in dire need and misery. The country is on the verge of collapse, and the imperial court is immersed in luxury. You see the Mongol raids, devastated villages, battles and storms, the seething whirlpool of urban neighborhoods - and it all seemed to stop, as if someone had pressed the "pause" button ... It is a real immersion into the atmosphere of that distant time.
Address: Andingmen Main Street, Dongcheng District
China National Museum of Postage Stamp in Beijing
The Chinese National Museum of the Postage Stamp is engaged in collecting and studying the history of the postage stamp. In addition to Chinese stamps, you can also see colorful foreign stamps in the museum.
The museum was officially opened on August 22, 2007. It is located in a four-story building on a total area of 7,500 square meters. There are about 10 thousand postal artifacts and hundreds of millions of Chinese stamps here. The museum is divided into several thematic exhibitions, telling about the ancient mail, about the modern postal service, showing the layout of post offices and courtyards and in a separate room shows the rarity of Chinese philately of the Qing dynasty.
Address: 7 号 Gong Yuan Dong Jie, Dong Cheng Qu
International Friendship Museum in Beijing
The Museum of International Friendship is the only museum in the world where exhibits are gifts received by the leaders of China since the country's existence.
The purpose of the museum is to enjoy the artistic beauty of gifts, an understanding of the wisdom of the leaders of China, manifested by leaders in different historical periods.
Currently, the museum has more than 20,000 exhibits donated to the leaders of China by the leaders of more than 180 countries. Some gifts have great political significance and have historical value. Others reflect the cultural characteristics of nations of the world and are highly artistic. Here you can see a historically important gift for China from US President Richard Nixon - two porcelain swans, which symbolize peace and friendship.
Address: 1 号 Xilou Hutong, Dongcheng
Paleozoological Museum of China in Beijing
The Paleozoological Museum of China is located in the building of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology. It occupies three floors of the seven-story building of the Institute. The part of the building allotted for the museum is distinguished by architecture and design from the rest of the institute building. The museum is located on an area of about 3,400 square meters.
The entire first floor of the museum is occupied by the exposition devoted to fish and amphibians. On the second floor there are reptiles and birds. And on the third –there are mammals. The museum exposition contains many fossilized specimens of extinct animals, found during excavations on the territory of modern China.
Address: No.142 Xizhimenwai Main Street, Xicheng District
National Museum of Arts and Crafts in Beijing
The National Museum of Arts and Crafts is a museum that contains works of decorative and applied arts. It was founded in 1990. The museum is located in a large modern building, the appearance of which emphasizes the versatility of modern and traditional Chinese architectural styles.
The museum exposition is located in three halls. In the entrance hall there is an exhibition of bronze sculpture. The exhibition hall displays unique samples of Chinese art and crafts made of jade, porcelain, gold, silver, ivory, wood, as well as works from fabric, including embroidery. Finally, in the treasure hall, works of decorative and applied arts are stored, which are of particular cultural and historical value.
Address: No.200 Wangfujing St, Dongcheng District
Historical Museum in Beijing
One of the central landmarks, both in terms of historical significance and in terms of architectural value, is the building of the Beijing Historical Museum near Tiananmen Square. In a strict stone building with two rows of high pillars stretching along the facade, two museums fit in at once. In the Museum of the Revolution, you can learn about the history of the liberation struggle of the Chinese people. And the Historical Museum introduces visitors to the history of China from antiquity to the middle of the XIX century.
For many years the historical museum carries out its scientific and educational mission. The exposition is divided into three large sections, in accordance with a certain historical and cultural epoch. On the huge area there are several thousand various exhibits. Numerous storefronts and stands store rare artifacts thousands of years old and objects more familiar to the common man. Colorful dioramas and mockups, copies of works of art and original creations collected from many places in China tell about the history of China. The exposition is thought out carefully, taking into account all the latest achievements of the museum.
Address: East of Tiananmen Square
Beijing Art Museum
The Beijing Art Museum is located in the Wanshou Buddhist temple built during the Ming dynasty. The museum was founded in 1985. It contains many precious relics, including bronze and jade objects, dating from the seventeenth to the third century BC.
Also in the museum there are ancient art treasures made from clay, porcelain, wood, ivory, belonging to the past imperial dynasties. There is an exhibition of Chinese painting, calligraphy, embroidery and weaving of the times of the Ming and Qing dynasties, an exhibition of ancient coins from China and other countries.
Address: Inside Wanshou Temple, Suzhou Street, Haidian District
Tea Museum in Beijing
Attitude to tea in China is very special; there exists a whole tea culture, quite unlike European or Japanese. There are many ways to make tea, tea traditions and reasons for it. The Chinese drink tea in everyday life, as well as during various official events or rituals.
Tea in China is not just a drink; it is a symbol whose role is great not only in traditional cuisine, but also in medicine and philosophy. This drink is dedicated to several museums in the country. One of them is located in Beijing. Here, visitors get acquainted with the history of tea-growing and tea-drinking traditions and can learn the secrets of growing and making tea. The exhibition has a variety of tea sets - both modern and old.
Address: Maliandao South Street, Xicheng
Military Museum of China in Beijing
The military museum is located in one of the 10 great buildings built to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. The construction of the museum was started in 1958 and completed in 1960. The four floors of the museum include ten rooms, the largest of which is the Hall of Weapons.
The exposition of the museum consists of a huge number of exhibits - from ancient small arms to the most modern Chinese and foreign models of weapons. In the museum you can see tanks, guns, armored personnel carriers, anti-aircraft installations, jet fighters, missiles and rocket launchers. All samples of military equipment simply cannot be listed.
Address: No.9 Fuxing Rd, Haidian District
Shengxifu Hat Museum in Beijing
The hat museum of Shengxifu is located in the famous old Beijing store, opened in 1911. This is a small two-story gray brick building with two red columns near the entrance and red windows. The museum covers an area of 1300 square meters. It is interesting, first of all, because here you can not only see hats, but also many of them to buy.
All the hats displayed in the shop windows are made by hand from high-quality materials. Here, at one time, Chairman Mao, Prime Minister Zhou Enlai, and famous leaders of other countries bought hats.
Address: No.368 Dongsi North Main Street, Dongcheng District
“Today” Art Museum in Beijing
The “Today” Art Museum is a private non-profit art museum in Beijing. It was founded in 2001 by Mr. Zhang Bao Quan. In 2004, the museum moved to a new spacious room, built on the territory of an abandoned brewery. The new building of the museum was designed by the famous architect Wang Hui.
The exhibition area of the museum is 4,000 square meters. The exposition of the museum consists of works of modern Chinese painting and sculpture. The museum often hosts performances, concerts and lectures of artists whose works are currently on display in the museum.
Address: No.32 Baiziwan Road, Chaoyang District
Palace Museum of Beijing
The Palace Museum is located in the heart of Beijing. This huge imperial palace, which, by the way, is the largest palace in the world, was built at the beginning of the 15th century. It is surrounded by a high city wall from all sides, and a wide ditch filled with water is dug around the wall. In ancient times, Gongun was called the "Forbidden City". For many centuries, the palace served as the residence of many royal dynasties.
Today in the vast territory of the palace there is a museum. Here is a huge collection of bronze and jade, ancient ceramics, paintings, watches and other artistic relics of China. Luxurious palace halls and pavilions are also of great historical value. The palace-museum was built in the best traditions of Chinese architecture. The palace itself is perfectly preserved and delights millions of tourists and residents of the state with its pristine grandeur.
Museum of Science and Technology of China in Beijing
The Museum of Science and Technology consists of two separate buildings.
The first building was built in 1988. In its exhibition hall, which is called the Hall of Ancient Chinese Technologies, ancient astronomical instruments, compasses, gunpowder, and bronze casting devices are on display.
The second building was built in 2000. It houses the Hall of modern technology. In his exposition you can see a huge model of the Universe, various exhibits explaining modern scientific theories. The hall has a large vaulted ceiling, which serves as a movie screen. It shows films about science and modern technology.
Address: No.5 Beichendong Road, Chaoyang District
China Women's and Children's Museum in Beijing
The building of the Chinese Women's and Children's Museum, opened in Beijing in 2010, impresses with its modern and innovative design with red lanterns in front of the main entrance. The museum was originally conceived as a tourist attraction, and it is located next to the prestigious hotels.
Now the building houses a museum with a huge number of exhibits (more than 30 thousand), which tell about the history of the situation of women and children at different times in different regions of the country. Here is life with all the entertainment, clothes, crafts and life of both ordinary peasant women and the wives of wealthy officials. The museum has five thematic exhibitions and six pavilions.
This is the first museum in China dedicated to women and children.
Address: 23 Jianguomennei Dajie
Ancient Ceramics Museum in Beijing
The museum of ancient ceramics is located near the garden Da-Guan.
This is a private museum, the exposition of which is entirely devoted to clay products. The most ancient exhibits of the museum belong to the Neolithic era. The permanent exhibition, consisting of four thematic sections, presents dishes from the Zhou, Qin and Han dynasties, more than 300 samples of tiles from the Period of the Warring States and the Qin and Han dynasties, more than 1.000 lutes of the Qin and Han dynasties, and about 3.000 other ancient potteries. All exhibition samples are genuine. They are collected in various parts of China.
Address: No.12 South Caiyuan West Street, Xicheng District
Watermelon Museum in Daxing in Beijing
The Daxing Watermelon Museum is a unique “beauty contest” and festival for these juicy red fruits. There is a watermelon festival in Daxing every year. Until May 25, farmers from all over China bring their own watermelons and compete for the chance to win the main prize - 10,000 yuan for the best watermelon. Watermelons "compete" in categories such as appearance, taste, sugar content and skin thickness. Watermelons are tried first by the judicial commission, and then they are offered to everyone.
The Daxing Watermelon Museum was opened in 1988, at the same time they began to hold the annual May festival. The rest of the year, the museum hosts an exhibition of instruments of modern Chinese agriculture, as well as exhibits of folk art.
The museum building itself also resembles a watermelon - this is the original structure with a round green roof. There are also premises where watermelons are grown all year round, which you can buy at the local fair.
Address: Panggezhuang Town, Daxing District
China Money Museum in Beijing
The Chinese Money Museum shows money to visitors in various forms - about 1,000 units of currency are represented here. This educational museum seeks to trace the history of the Chinese currency and the development of social, economic and cultural conditions in the country. The museum is under the direction of the People’s Bank of China.
The museum exposition is divided into six categories: ancient money and coins, gold and silver coins, money and coins of ethnic groups, foreign coins, forms of coins and numismatic cultural monuments. Regardless of the material from which money was made, their various forms and variations speak about the development of people's intelligence. A visit to the museum is very informative.
No.22 Xijiaomin Alley, Xicheng District
Peking College Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine
The museum was founded in 1990. It belongs to the Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The museum is located in a modern building with a total area of 3160 square meters. The museum building was built thanks to the generous donation of Mr. Shao Yifa from Hong Kong.
The museum exposition is located in two exhibition halls and gives a general idea about the methods of treatment and the development of traditional Chinese medicine. In the first room there are samples of traditional Chinese medicine. In the second hall it is told about its formation and development. The museum has about 1100 historical relics, 200 books and 6000 magazines.
Address: No. 11 East Road of the North Third Ring Road
Agricultural Museum of China in Beijing
The Agricultural Museum of China is the only natural science museum in the country. It was founded in 1986. The museum covers 7,600 square meters. In the five main exhibition halls of the museum there are more than 5,000 exhibits. The oldest exhibits include 6,900-year-old rice seeds and a Neolithic bone shovel.
The museum exposition tells about the natural conditions, resources and farming in China, from prehistoric times to the present day. Also in the museum operates an exhibition of aquatic products, located in three rooms. It tells about the history of river and sea fishing in China and about the breeding of freshwater fish.
Address: No. 16 Dongsanhuanbei Road, Chaoyang District
Beijing Folklore Museum
The Beijing Folklore Museum is located in the ancient Taoist temple Dongyue, built in 1319. This is the only folklore museum in Beijing. The museum was founded in 1999. Its exposition is located both in temple buildings and in the courtyard of the temple complex.
It contains a lot of interesting exhibits related to Chinese culture, folk beliefs, holidays, customs and rituals. Folklore festivals and folk festivals are often held on the museum’s territory; various folk holidays are celebrated, such as the Spring Festival or, for example, the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Address: No.141 Chaowai Street, Chaoyang District
Beijing Police Museum
The Beijing Police Museum is one of the most interesting sights in Beijing. In total, the museum has about 1,500 exhibits. The area of the museum is 2.000 square meters. Visiting the museum, you can learn a detailed history of the development of the Chinese police, which was officially formed in 1907.
The guides speak Chinese and English. Among the exhibits of great interest are the tortures of the Qing dynasty, regulatory documents, declassified materials and others. For children, there are interactive games so that they themselves can present themselves in the role of a policeman.
Address: No.36 Dongjiaominxiang, Dongcheng District
Museum of the Chinese Army in Beijing
The Chinese Army Museum of Armaments is an exhibition of many exhibits on a military theme. The museum is a small building consisting of two floors. On the first floor there are more than three hundred different types of weapons - there are mortars, anti-aircraft artillery guns, surveillance equipment, ammunition, rifles and machine guns.
On the second floor there are the historical exhibits of the period of world wars and the Chinese revolution - archival documents, maps, and charts. In the backyard of the museum building there are 27 cannons produced in Canada and China. One of the most valuable exhibits is a Japanese howitzer, produced in 1940. Total collection of the museum has more than 10,000 exhibits.
Address: Jiaowangzhuang Village, Yongshun Town, Tongzhou District
Sony Explora Science Museum in Beijing
The Sony Explora Museum of Science was created by the world-famous Sony Company and is a scientific hall that reveals the connection between the latest technologies and basic scientific principles. The museum is located in a modern building located in Chaoyang Park. Naturally, this museum is equipped with the latest Sony equipment in the field of entertainment, music and cinema.
Here, museum visitors can get acquainted with the latest technological developments in the field of electronics in a fun way. The museum also has its own planetarium, created on the basis of a powerful projector that can display about two million stars.
Address: 1 Chaoyang Park South Rd, Chaoyang
Museum of the Ancient Man in Beijing
The Museum of the Ancient Man is located on the third floor of a shopping center on Wangfujing Pedestrian Street. The museum was opened in 1999. The museum exhibits ancient human fossils of the Paleolithic era. Here you can find a detailed history of human evolution. The age of some exhibits is 2.400-2.500 years.
Having been in the museum, you can unwittingly travel back to ancient times. On the windows of the museum there are the bones and skulls of people, tools and essentials, pictures of the hunt of primitive man.
Address: No.1 East Chang'an Street, Dongcheng District
Chinese Museum of Red Sandalwood in Beijing
The Chinese Museum of Red Sandalwood is the country's first and largest private museum, specializing in collecting, researching and displaying works of art made from sandalwood. It was created on the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and belongs to Ms. Chan Lai Wah. The building of the museum is built in the traditional Chinese style.
The exhibition hall of the museum covers an area of 10,000 square meters. Its exposition includes models of famous ancient temples, towers, pagodas, etc., sculptures, bas-reliefs, furniture of the Ming and Qing dynasties and other products made of sandalwood.
Address: No.23 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District
Museum in Changping in Beijing
The museum in Changping is a historical museum showing the history of China’s development from the earliest times. There are exhibits that are about five thousand years old - these are dishes, household items, agricultural implements and labor tools of the tribes who once lived on the territory of modern China. The museum also houses an exhibition dedicated to the history of the most famous Chinese Ming and Qing dynasties.
This museum is located in a high-rise building with stained glass. The museum is open every day except Monday.
Address: No.10 Fuxue Road, Changping District
Beekeeping Museum in Beijing
In the Museum of beekeeping there is a collection of antique honey collection devices, unique rock paintings depicting bees and much more. Every day various excursions take place in the museum, which give visitors the opportunity to learn a lot about the development of beekeeping in China.
The beekeeping museum is located in a picturesque area of Xiangshan, on the territory of the main city botanical garden. For honey lovers in the museum there are two tasting rooms and shops where you can buy this delicacy and various medicinal natural products.
Address: Xiangshan Mountain, Haidian District
Chinese Park Museum of National Minorities in Beijing
The National Minority Park in Beijing is a theme park that pays great attention to the diverse ethnic minorities living in China. China is a huge country in which there are about 55 minorities recognized by the Chinese government at the official level.
The park presents traditional residential houses of local residents, their national clothes, cuisine, dances, everyday life, and handicrafts. Here you can see representatives of minorities known to us: Kazakhs, Tajiks, Uzbeks, Tatars, Mongols, Koreans, and less well-known: Evenki, Orochens, Hezhens and others. The park has about 800 employees who represent different ethnic groups. The park is located next to the Olympic Center.
Address: next to the Olympic Center, North Four Ring Road
Museum of the History of Nature in Beijing
The Museum of the History of Nature is the most popular natural history museum in China. It is located in a huge building built in the style of socialist realism. In our country, such buildings are often called “houses of Stalinist architecture”. The museum was founded in 1951 and covers an area of about twenty four thousand square meters, eight thousands of which are accessible to the public.
The museum exposition has more than two hundred thousand exhibits. In the exhibition halls of the museum you can see many paleontological specimens, including dinosaur fossils and models of their skeletons. Museum collections of ornithology, mammals and invertebrates are also extensive.
Address: No. 126 Tianqiao South Street
Ancient Bells Museum at Dazhong Temple in Beijing
The museum of ancient bells in the Dazhong temple is the only museum of its kind in China. The temple itself was built in 1733. It housed a giant Buddhist bell, cast in the XV century. The museum has more than seven hundred bells made of bronze, iron and jade. The oldest bell dates from the period of the Western Zhou.
The museum exposition consists of bells of various periods, including modern specimens from China and other countries. The pearl of the museum collection is the bell Yongle. It has a height of 5.6 meters and weighs 46.6 tons, making it one of the largest bells in the world.
Address: West Sanhuan Road, Haidian District
The Museum of Artistic Stone Carving in Beijing
The stone carving museum is located in the Ming Dynasty Zhenjue Buddhist temple built in Indian style. This temple is also called the Temple of the Five Pagodas, because five stone pagodas were built on its huge square foundation.
The museum occupies 20.000 square meters. Its exposition is divided into two parts. One part of the exhibits is located inside the temple, the other - near it on the open area. The museum exhibits ancient stone sculptures, bas-reliefs, stone slabs, decorated with inscriptions and drawings, etc., belonging to different historical eras.
Address: No.24 Wutasi Village, Baishiqiao, Haidian District
Beijing Museum "Elk Garden"
The Beijing Elk Garden Museum is an ecological experimental center or Beijing Research Center for the Conservation of Biological Diversity created on the territory of the former imperial hunting grounds. The museum was founded in 1985. Now there are more than 130 moose. In addition to moose, there are also deer, Przewalski horses and other types of animals and birds.
The museum covers an area of 640 thousand square meters. Of these, 300 hectares of wetlands, 320 hectares of natural pastures and ponds, 60 acres of research areas. The main exhibition of the museum is called "The vicissitudes of elk life."
Address: Luyuan Road, Sanhaizi, Quan Country, Daxing District
Tongzhou Art Museum in Beijing
Art Museum in Tongzhou is an exhibition of paintings, ceramics and works of Chinese crafts. This museum was founded in 2008.
The museum in Tongzhou exhibits about two thousand exhibits, such as paintings, calligraphy, sculptures, painted ceramics, and works of folk crafts. In the near future it is planned to exhibit another three thousand exhibits. The museum consists of three floors, each of which has a large number of exhibition space. It invites tourists to admire the many works of art; descriptions are available in Chinese and English.
Address: No.9 West Main Street, Tongzhou District
National Museum of Contemporary Chinese Literature in Beijing
The National Museum of Contemporary Chinese Literature is housed in a three-story building built in the style of traditional Chinese architecture with red walls, lattice windows and sloped roofs. The total amount of construction of the building was 18 million US dollars. The museum consists of exhibition halls, a library and a multifunctional center. The museum exhibits sculptures and paintings by famous Chinese artists. Here even the door handles are works of art. The museum also features Chinese literature: books, unique photographs, letters and diaries.
This museum is the largest building in the world dedicated exclusively to literature. The purpose of the museum is to collect, store and organize research works on contemporary Chinese literature.
Address: No.45 Wenxuguan Road, Shaoyaoju, Chaoyang District
Deheyuan Theater Museum in Beijing
Deheyuan is the Summer Palace Theater in Beijing, built for the widowed empress Cixi. Currently it is a Theater Museum.
Empress Dowager Cixi was a big fan of Peking Opera, so when instead of Qingyuan, a palace and park ensemble burned in 1860 during the Second Opium War, the decision was made to build a new one for the Empress, architect Lei Ting built a complex of three Garden buildings for virtue and harmony: the main building is the Bolshoi Theater, as well as two more pavilions - To the cherished joy and Triumphant virtue.
Chronicles of the Qing Dynasty say that after the opening of the Bolshoi Theater Deheyuan the Empress visited it 262 times, the last time - 35 days before her death. Many well-known actors of the Peking Opera performed for it, which contributed to the development and popularization of the genre. Therefore, Deheyuan was considered the cradle of the Peking Opera.
Currently, Deheyuan is transformed into the Theater Museum, here are exposed props and costumes of the Peking Opera.