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5 Museums You Must Visit in Beijing - From archaeology, contemporary culture to cutting edge technology!

The museums of Beijing offer a deep inside to the contemporary and traditional Chinese cultures. Here are some of the best museums in Beijing that you cannot miss out on.


National Museum of China

This is an eclectic art gallery that is located in Tiananmen Square, right at the heart of the city. It exhibits a wide array of artefacts that are chronologically arranged from the ancient era to modern times. This museum was established back in 2003 and it was born as a result of a merger that happened between two museums, the Museum of the Chinese Revolution as well as the National Museum of Chinese History. When looking for accommodation close to the museum, you can check out a service apartment in Beijing near Ritan Park the likes of Citadines Ritan Beijing.


Beijing Folklore Museum

This museum is located at the Dongyue Temple in Beijing. This was originally built back in the 14th century so that the temple can conduct ceremonies and rituals. Today, it invites and attracts massive crowds during national celebrations like the mid-Autumn Festival and Spring Festival. Therefore, try not to miss out on these festive vibes during the holiday season!


Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall

The history of ancient cities in China can at least be traced back to 4000 years. All the planning of the cities is a well-documented process and you can discover it in the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall. This hall, which was opened back in 2004, displays a very detailed scale model of the city. You can also witness geographical models that show the roads, rivers and mountains right around Beijing. You can also opt for a two-hour audio tour which will detail all the other information regarding the exhibition areas and future development.


China Red Sandalwood Museum

This museum takes after the styles of the Ming and Ching dynasties. This museum was in fact built with a private investment of around £23 million. Therefore, it is the biggest privately owned museum in this country. It features all kinds of artworks, ancient architecture and iconic traditional courtyards. This museum strives to preserve all the antique furniture especially those that are made out of red sandalwood. This is a very rare Chinese wood. You will also have the opportunity to buy sandalwood souvenirs that you can take back home!


China Science and Technology Museum

This museum was established back in 1988. This is the only state-level science and technology museum in China. It has been steadily growing since its establishment and a new exhibition hall was only completed in 2009. Apart from that, there are around five exhibition halls and other short exhibits, with lecture halls, classrooms and laboratories that you can take a look at. It is an extremely interactive venue and it is always a hit with the kids. As it is close to the Olympic Village tourists mostly combine a trip of the two places.