Beijing Museum of Natural History
Address: 126 South Tianqiao Street, Dongcheng district, Beijing
Hours: 9:00-17:00 (no entry after 16:00)
Closed Mondays (closed days may vary on national holidays, winter and summer vacations )
General admission fee: Free (passport required for entry)
Ticket booking: yuyue.bmnh.org.cn (24 hours available)
The Beijing Natural History Museum was the first large-scale natural history museum in China after the founding of the People's Republic of China. It is a large natural history museum focusing on specimen collection, research and education in the fields of paleontology, animals, plants and anthropology.
The museum houses a collection of more than 270,000 zoological and other specimens. Permanent displays can be found in the Halls of Paleontology, Zoology, Botany and Mankind Evolution. Its spacious galleries contain some fine specimens of fossils including various invertebrates, mammals, early humans, reptiles, dinosaur skeletons and eggs excavated in China. It also contains a large collection of minerals, as well as a fantastic display of naturally carved and polished stones used in the traditional Chinese art of miniature rockery.
The Hall of Paleontology features fossil remains from the Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras, forming a wordless chronicle of prehistoric life that flourished between 1 and 500 million years ago. Among the exhibits are a 22-meter Mamenxi dinosaur fossil which is 140 million years old, a flying Yi dinosaur and a swimming Yu dinosaur. The Hall of Zoology and the Hall of Botany display various species to show the long course of biological evolution. The Hall of the Origins of Mankind reveals how human beings stemmed from earlier life forms.
Last Updated: Nov 30, 2018