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“A big disappointment”

Beijing Capital Museum
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US$37.00*
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Ranked #54 of 1,627 things to do in Beijing
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Owner description: Fantastic building filled with exhibitions and amazing displays. 5 floors of unique Chinese art not to be missed.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is fairly new and was obviously built to impress as a building rather than to be a well designed museum, 30% of the space is an admin area, 30 % is taken up by the cavernous foyer and access area, 15% is space for special exhibitions with only 25% for normal exhibition space. On my visit most of the special exhibition space was closed leaving little left to see.
Much of the museum has little flow, especially on the top floor when it seems to flit from theme to theme with little connection, there are limited descriptions in English but many have glaring errors such as a red overlaid white glass bangle described as jade.
The two highlights were the Buddhistic gallery with some scarce examples and the temporary Tibet exhibit on the ground floor but that one sadly had no English description.
As a new venture I feel it is badly thought out.

1  Thank futsanglung
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Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

Worth a visit, the entry for the museum was free. I'm not sure if it was because of the day we went. The museum is clean and spacious. A lot of artefacts. However English descriptions are not very good.

Thank dttran2012
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

Don’t be put off by the security queue.  It moves quite fast.  Highlights are on the top floor, with a series of rooms depicting life in Beijing through the centuries, some with short videos on a loop about Chinese customs (weddings, paying respects to one’s elders and so on).  These are in Mandarin, but easy to follow.  Glass display cases contain wooden and clay models, everyday objects, pictures and clothes.  One of the other sets of rooms on the same floor has a collection of Chinese porcelain, including some very beautiful pieces.  All the labelling on this floor has a short summary in English.

All the floors have souvenir shops.  There is some overlap, but they are not identical.

There is a small tea shop in the basement.

Senior citizens have free admission.

Thank stickybowl
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Reviewed 27 May 2018

Beijing Capital Museum - really loved the variety of the ethnic oriental collection here. Would vist again.

Thank Emma G
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Reviewed 21 May 2018

It looks grand on the outside with her massive structure. However, the galleries are a little disappointing due to the lack of artifacts and scale.

Thank Andy N
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