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“Ok if you're into tanks, missiles, aircrafts, etc”

Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution
Ranked #551 of 1,608 things to do in Beijing
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Kansas City
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Ok if you're into tanks, missiles, aircrafts, etc”
Reviewed 18 July 2012

I went there today,and was surprised that the only exhibits for viewing are those outdoors. I was stunned further to see a line of 7 or 8 abreast, waiting to enter. They seemed to only allow in a couple hundred at a time, which was good because you could see the actual eqt up close that way! It's free with a passport....the most impressive was the edifice itself as you climb out of the metro station. I entered around 11am and had a 30 minute wait to be able to get in the gates. No English recordings available and the signage is almost all in Chinese except for the name of the eqt itself. Again, little and big boys might be entertained, I was done in less than 45 minutes.

Visited July 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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90 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Crumbling homage to China's greatness”
Reviewed 3 June 2012 via mobile

We visited in early June 2012 and the main halls -in a Soviet-era building- were closed.

The static exhibits were in pavillions in the courtyard of the building. Tanks, jet fighters, cannons, missiles and torpedo boats were just gathering dust. There are no English (or foreign language) translations for any of the displays.

It is a dissapointment to see so many valuable and obscure items of militaria that could be put in a more meaningful context.

The Museum misses its objective and fails to educate the visitor, but at least entrance is free when you present your passport.

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Sadly lacking”
Reviewed 22 March 2012

Most of the dirty old place is currently closed. The big stuff is outside in temporary hangers. Only one, moderately interesting, hall is actually open.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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174 reviews
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“Average content. Outdoor military hardware is the best part”
Reviewed 30 November 2011

Half the halls were derelict and empty. The other half were full of boring propaganda content (mostly b/w photos, some artefacts, personal effects of Chinese folks that no foreigner would have heard of), and the only the major signboards were in English, not on individual photos. The best part was the military hardware displayed outside the building. Aircraft ranging from Mustang P51 to Russian/Chinese cold war jets and a Russian WW2 light bomber that I have yet to identify (no entry into the hangars, jsut look from outside). Large collection of tanks (US,USSR, China) and 2 torpedo boats. If you have limited time, just browse the outdoor collection and go home. You would not have missed much. Tickets are free but they asked me for a photo ID - driving license worked fine.

Visited November 2011
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Greymouth, New Zealand
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Worth the wait in the queue”
Reviewed 14 August 2011

This place looked like it would be packed, and it was, but not too bad. You show your passport at the entry but it's free to get in. It's worth the visit, even though it's not all in English - there's a huge amount on display, including a captured U-2 spy plane. If you have any interest in the military or weapons you must go!

Visited August 2011
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