Image from the official website of the Memorial Museum of the Chinese People's Anti-Japanese War. [Photo/1937china.com]
The Memorial Museum of the Chinese People's Anti-Japanese War is a museum of revolutionary history.
Located near the Lugou Qiao (Marco Polo Bridge) in the southwestern Fengtai District of Beijing, the museum was opened to the public on July 7, 1987.
The Museum, covering more than 35,000 sq m, has been reconstructed three times, in 1997, 2005 and 2015. A themed exhibition focused on victory in the Anti-Japanese War is mounted here, demonstrating the history of the efforts made by Chinese people from all walks of life to protect their country through pictures, historic relics, films, and sculptures.
Boasting 887 exhibits, the museum shows the Prelude of the Anti-Japanese War, Strategic Defense of the War, Strategic Confrontation, the Chinese War Zone After the Breakout of the Pacific War, and the Final Victory. It systematically demonstrates the Chinese people's gallant fight against Japanese invaders during World War II.
The Hall of the Lugou Qiao Incident was opened on July 7, 1988. It was the first art hall to employ techniques of painting, sculpture, magic lanterns and acoustics to exhibit important historical themes. The hall, with a semicircle screen 16.5 meters high and 50 meters long, plays documentaries of the Lugou Incident.
The Historical Materials Hall of the September 18 Incident displays affidavits of the Japanese war criminals, offering quite a number of inside stories of events before the war broke out.
The exhibition halls of the museum also display some inscriptions from celebrities and some print, cartoons and picture posters of the Anti-Japanese War period.
Publications of the museum include Records of the Anti-Japanese War, Collected Works of Lugou Qiao, and The Anti-Japanese War and the Chinese People.
Address: No 101, Inner Street of Wanping Fortress, Lugou Bridge, Fengtai District, Beijing
Website: http://www.1937china.com/enweb/ (English)
Open hours: 9:00-16:30 (No admission after 16:00)
Closed on Mondays (except on national holidays)
Online booking: http://yuyue.bmnh.org.cn