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National Art Museum Of China

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Address: No.1 Wusi Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
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Great museum with extensive collections of chinese arts

This is one of the best museums in Beijing. Monday closed though. This museum has extensive collections of chinese paintings and sculptures. You can easily spend 2 to 3 hours in... read more

Reviewed 14 November 2016
Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

I once rated this museum as one of the finest in Asia. I visited about a year ago, and I was so impressed it took me two days to take in the splendour of the art on display. It was so alive as art should be depicting the diverse regions, ethnicities, and cultures found all over China. It provoked, it... More 

Thank Nigel G
Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

The variety of art at the museum was vast, with modern paintings next to cultural paintings depicting Buddhist monks. The entrance was free which was even better, and the staff were helpful and polite. The museum has some great works of art and you can easily spend a few hours walking round. Definitely a spot to visit if you have... More 

Thank MCh3rry
Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

The good? An easy 1/2 mile walk north of Wangfujing commercial street and it's free. Not so good: 3 floors with a hodgepodge of Revolutionary realist art, genre paintings and modern works - in each gallery! There seems to be no rhyme nor reason to the collection. Definitely not a "must see"

Thank David R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Nowhere has the impact of state control been as evident to me as at the art gallery. While there was an interesting exhibition of works from the Gansu Academy a group of men who produce a range of work, some impressive and some fairly amateur, the lack of evocative contemporary art that challenges is glaringly obvious for a Westerner. There... More 

Thank Bev S
Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

This is one of the best museums in Beijing. Monday closed though. This museum has extensive collections of chinese paintings and sculptures. You can easily spend 2 to 3 hours in it, from one room to another. Entrance fee is low on top of that. If you want some peace just avoid to visit it on a "cold" Sunday unless... More 

Thank incahueca
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Reviewed 8 November 2016

We were delighted with a few hours visit to this great collection that is situated in a grand decorative traditional Chinese building. We were particularly interested in seeing the contrasting traditional paintings juxtapositioned with modern works. The former has many fine examples featuring themes of landscape, nature amongst others. Streetscapes are attractively presented. Portraits feature extensively, from fine individual depictions... More 

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Beijing, China
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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

There's no permanent exhibition in this museum. Check its website before you visit to make sure there's something interesting on display. Bring your ID and you can get a ticket free of charge at the ticket office. There's free wifi in the museum. When you enter the building, you can see the passcode for the wifi. Whenever I visit this... More 

Thank Lingfeng G
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

Spent about an hour at the National Art Museum. A passport is needed to gain entry, which is free of charge. On a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high), this museum ranked about 4. Thought it was arranged well, however it wasn’t very big and was hard to understand the items on display since very little was in English.... More 

Thank BostonRedSoxFan2004
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Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Thus museum has enormous space full with huge galleries... Painting collections are absolutely amazing... go there soon cause there are so many collections to see including chinese opera dolls and chinese calligraphy... There is a very nice cafe you can rest for a while and continue! Absolutely worth visiting!

Thank Nazanin E
Falls Church, Virginia
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Reviewed 16 July 2016

Just terrible. Showcases the worst aspects of government-funded propaganda art. Full of those paintings of a serene Chairman Mao meeting adoring, rosy-cheeked villagers or ethnic minorities, or of Chinese warships cutting through the seas. What really depressed me is that many of these are contemporary pieces. A horrible identify-the-faces painting of the first meeting of the People's Political Consultative Conference... More 

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