Beijing Museums: Museums & Galleries in Beijing
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Beijing Museums 博物館
Beijing has some fascinating museums and art galleries, many of which were upgraded for the 2008 Olympics.
Visitors and residents can purchase the useful annual museum pass which provides discounts and free entry to over 80 of the city's museums.
Museums in Beijing
Dashanzi - Factory 798 Arts Area is the is the center of Beijing's modern art community.
Housed in a 1950s factory complex the 200,000 square meter area is home to such art luminaries as Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, Marella Gallery, Chinese Contemporary, White Space and Beijing Commune.
Mingle with the in-crowd in the Dashanzi area's fashionable galleries, restaurants and cafes and pick up a bargain to take home.
Located on the east side of Tiananmen Square, The National Museum of China was built in 1959 as one of the "Ten Great Constructions" completed for the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the People's Republic in 1949.
Located in a 300m-long, two-winged building on the east of Tiananmen Sqaure facing the Great Hall of the People. The national Museum is a combination of the previous Museum of Chinese History previously housed in the south wing and the Museum of the Chinese Revolution which was in the north wing.
Beijing Police Museum, located in the Foreign Legation Quarter, occupies the former CitiBank building. The quirky museum offers an interesting insight into the history, equipment and methods of China's police forces.
The Beijing Police Museum has over 8,000 police weapons and tools collected since the Han Dynasty, an interesting display of forensic fingerprinting techniques and some gruesome instruments of torture.
Beijing's Capital Museum has now emerged from obscurity to become a leading Chinese cultural institution, attracting visitors with its easy accessibility and frequently changing temporary exhibitions.
Resembling an outsized sundial pointing directly south to Beijing West train station, Beijing's Capital Museum, a huge concrete edifice was built to embody Beijing's triumphant 21st century aspirations in stone.
Jiu Chang Art Complex on An Wai Bei Yuan Lu, Chao Yang District, Beijing is a new collection of art galleries.
This area using factory buildings from a recently demolished hutong makes for a fascinating wander among many different galleries displaying photography, pencil sketches, oil paintings and sculpture.
Keep your eyes open for some rather interesting outdoor sculpture displays as you wander from gallery to gallery.
The vast National Art Museum of China (NAMOC), previously known as the China Art Gallery has become a leading showcase for both domestic Chinese and foreign contemporary art exhibitions.
Completely revamped and upgraded in 2003 to meet international standards on its 40th anniversary, National Art Museum of China, the largest art gallery in China is now at the vanguard of modern art shows in China.
Touted by the Chinese as the 'only large-sized comprehensive memorial for this special topic in China', this war museum was built with the mission of documenting China's version of World War II history between the period from 1931 to 1945, with a particular focus, as the name suggests, on the anti-Japanese resistance efforts.
The Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression displays a vast collection of material - over 3800 photographs, as well as 5000 cultural relics and other artifacts.