Beijing Capital Museum
Beijing Capital Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Fantastic building filled with exhibitions and amazing displays. 5 floors of unique Chinese art not to be missed.
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Sunshine41897
Tampere, Finland7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
As we read the reviews before our trip, it said that no cards accepted, BUT now the cards were accepted. This was a good thing because our trip was coming to an end.
The atmosphere is cool, liked the paintings and all. Service was good and the most important thing of all was that the lamb chops we ate were the best ever!
Written 14 February 2020
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Alienandbear
Daly City, California, United States154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Friends
If you are in Beijing for one day and you want to see everything...then just come here!

It literally contains a compact version of Beijing inside the museum. From folklore, to history to tradition to architecture.

A few of the floors change every 3 months or so, so you can comeback here again to see another collection of treasures or art from a different period in China.

You also, get to understand the history of Beijing by going on one of the floors by doing the timeline walk.

Summary-
Bathrooms- squatters
If you have limited time and want to see everything just come here
Bring your passport.
Written 8 September 2013
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KellyKimnyc
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Museum has a permanent Chinese art collection pertaining to Chinese civilization and history. There are 5 floors. One floor devoted to Ming and Qing dynasty. Another floor devoted to life in the Hutongs. Another floor exhibits a temporary installation, not necessarily Chinese. Most interesting is the collection of Chinese objects displayed in chronological order along with a timeline of important and influential Western events and cultural to provide viewers a comparison between Eastern and Western contemporaries. The museum is free when you present your passport. There are free, small lockers available-to store your coat and small items.
Written 24 November 2012
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tetelu
Cluj-Napoca, Romania361 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Solo
Free. If you are chinese, you must make a reservation at least one day before. Based on the reservation number you will get a ticket at entrance.
I am not chinese, so I just showed my passport and I got the ticket.

This museum worth doing if you have spare time. The museum building is incredible, but the exhibitions are not spectacular, in my opinion.
Written 24 January 2012
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TrenHHu
hong kong20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
it's new, roomy, and clean. 5 floors. has a cafe downstair.

I like the floor about the evolution of chinese and world history. well designed and good comparison with what's happening around the world parallel to what's going on in China.

There was also a digital theatre showing a film about the evolution of Beijing the city. It's only in Mandarin though.
Written 17 May 2009
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FresnoTravelers
Fresno, CA574 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Family
We were not sure which museum to see in Beijing, so we asked our guide- who recommended this museum- we are so happy she did! The exhibits are beautifully arranged, showing the area from Peking Man, development of Beijing as the capitol, building of the Forbidden City, civil war, rise of communism, to current politics. There are exhibits of the movement of Buddhism from India eastward, and the changes that occurred as the Chinese embraced Buddha. The ceramics exhibit is far more interesting that one would think!
Written 16 January 2012
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AnotherSwede
Sweden176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are at all into chinese art, then this is a must! A fantastic building, very good displays, good descriptions, and evrything from art to zitan furniture. Also, they stage interesting temporary exhibitions, with loans from both abroad as within the country. Close to the subway. Last, but not least, it´s free if you make a reservation ahead! Just go!
Written 6 April 2010
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Timothy R
46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
First off, for those who don't already know all museums close on Mondays in China.

Like another reviewer I preferred this to the national museum on Tianmeman square.
It's a short subway journey alone line 1. Entry is free but take a passport.
Officially they ask you to book in advance but we turned up unannounced and had no problems with access.

The museum was opened 2008, ( Olympics year), and is very modern inside. They have some 4 areas where they change the theme/exhibits frequently. So don't be surprised if one or more are closed on the day.

The museum has two main areas, ( east and west wings). Only one of these has a 6th floor. There are 2 high level connection walkways but they close them if there is not an open exhibition on the appropriate level.

We budgeted 2-3 hours for this museum and stayed 5 with no problem at all. Once you get your head around the flow of the exhibitions it gets to be fascinating.
Written 5 March 2017
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Jon T
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
In my opinion, the Capital Museum is the best museum in Beijing, it also certainly the most modern having been completed in time for the 2008 Olympics. The focus of this museum is largely the history and folk culture of Beijing but it also houses many artifacts formerly housed at the National Museum (a museum I would recommend missing). The Capital Museum has a friendly staff and fairly good English description, thought the description are somewhat lacking, for example, one artifact in English was labeled giant bronze pot, and that was the extent of the description, however, the Chinese description stated that it was a bathtub used by a famous Ming Dynasty courtier.
Written 3 February 2017
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Richard H
Mesa, AZ244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
This is a great place to spend a few hours and learn about the history of Beijing. We started on the top floor and worked our way down. They have an amazing collection of historical artifacts. The building is massive with great architectural features. It’s free but you do need bring your passport. It is definitely worth a visit.
Written 19 November 2016
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