National Museum of China#10 in Best Things To Do in Beijing
For a survey of Chinese history, head to the National Museum of China. Positioned on the eastern edge of Tiananmen Square, the exhibits in this museum neatly outline the nation's past for visitors, both native and foreign. After a massive renovation, the facility reopened in the spring of 2011 with updated displays and an interior facelift. Among the many treasures, you'll find entire rooms dedicated to jade, porcelain, and bronze artifacts.
When looking at the collection, travelers are generally impressed. One TripAdvisor user comments, "The layout and interior design are wonderful […] and inviting. What really struck me looking at the exhibits was the quality, preservation, and age."
The museum welcomes visitors between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day except for Monday, but the last ticket is sold at 3:30 p.m. Admission is free; however, you will need your passport in order to enter through the West Gate ticket office. For more information, check out the museum's website.
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