Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution, Beijing

3.5 out of 5 stars 13 Reviews

9 Fuxing Road, Haidian 10-6686 6244

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    by mke1963 Written Aug 15, 2005

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    Perpetually packed, but especially during any of the Golden Weeks, this vast museum is both fascinating and also horrifying. It's not that it particularly glorifies war and violence (although there are elements of this, largely because of the Communist agenda of struggle) but more because of the huge numbers of lives lost to military action over the hundred or even thousands of years.

    The central display halls on each floor and the outside display areas are curiously detached from the rest of the museum's wings which explain in panels and objects (everything labelled and described meticulously in both Chinese and English), forcing you to go up three big floors in the display areas before coming back down to ground level to go up the three floors of the exhibition parts.

    The fascinating part of this museum is that it is a proxy for the now closed People's History Museum in Tian'anmen Square, showing the 20th Century history of China. Of course, this history is very slanted towards the propaganda and 'heroic deeds of the workers' angle, which is a bit tedious. OK. A LOT tedious after successive vast galleries.
    However, it is in the personal objects and letters (many translated into English in snippets) that make this an excellent museum.
    The museum is huge and the exhibitions on the Long March and the Anti-Japanese War are particularly valuable.
    For those interested in older periods, there are huge galleries for these eras as well.

    Think of this as being one of the best overall history museums in China, as opposed to the 'art museums' that most Chinese museums are.

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    China People's Revolution Military Museum

    by picek Updated Nov 2, 2009

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    Impressive building of the Military museum is typical Socialist realism architecture; large, massive, uniform, controlled with perfect symmetry - and with red star as the highest point dominates the square in front of the building at Fuxing road. Total area is 60 000 square meters. Inisde there are 4 floors with 10 large halls arranged into different historical periods and themes - the biggest one is Hall of Weapon.
    Outisde you can see two large sculptures of Chinese people - one at each side of the massive stairway - with serious and bold faces, proud standing and passionate look in the eyes. One of the sculpture is of peasant woman with child greeting soldiers while another woman - probably her adult daughter - offers fruit to one of man - it is like different generation in their typical (or wanted) role - all happy here. Another sculpture is of three people (2 men, one woman) looking straight, all armed and ferocios, somehow - here their bodies and determination feels unbreakable.

    When you enter the first place in the museum - large reception hall with shining red star upon its high ceiling, you will be greated by few meters tall Mao Zedong sculpture, all white, powerful and below the star. On the front wall there are large photographies of Zhou Enlai and Deng Xiaoping - and soon you'll start exploring the museum from the Hall of Weapon first with its 20 m high ceiling and exhibits of modern military hardware with tanks and rockets. Here it seems lays the focus of people's attention as cameras flash most frequently.
    Worth observing is exhibition of old guns, daggers, swords and knives - some of them decorated with interesting details. Into some halls I looked for very short time: the Sculpture hall was just collection of work of one man, all those CP men and acts made of odd material added recently (since 1997). Hall of Ancient wars was somewhat small and Hall of Presents wasn't so interesting to me either, although they gained impressive collects from their foreign friends.
    It is those places where you spend a lot of time again: the early revolutionary era, anti-colonial resistance and all those propaganda posters, tactics and map displays and models of fighting. One can also see items used by Mao - nothing exciting, though.

    The museum is impressive collection of warfare - and it helps you understand the powers behind all that. The building itself is monumental, one of those relics from cold war. It was established in 1959. Walking around the halls take its time but unfortunatelly toilets are better to avoid if possible.
    In museum shop you can nowsadays buy plastic imitation of military hardware and some more advanced copies of weapon and models made of metal, books, knives and practical tool - although it doesn't look like there's some extra quality here - it's not for specialists.

    Museum is open between 8.30 - 16.00
    No admission fee.

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    messages to read... ... to comprehend... Hall of Weapon model of military tactics against Japanese not think tank here
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    by Scottyj36 Written Feb 13, 2003

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    This Museum in the western part of the city has many Chinese weapons, bombs, missles, tanks, guns, uniforms. On the other floors were historical displays of weapons from China's different periods. It is a very educational museum. Admission is 5RMB. A bargin. Hours are 8:30-5:30pm. You can get there on a bus from Tianiman Square buses 1,4, 57 or the subway and get off at Junshi Bowuguan right in front of the Museum

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    Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution

    by cafank Updated Nov 18, 2008

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    Not my type of place but I went with Chinese friends who loved the place.

    The museum is huge, you can’t miss the building with the emblem of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, a golden star, on top and a missile in front.

    If you are interested in the history of Chinese warfare this place is definitely worth a visit. If you’re not – don’t bother. There are lots of weapons, and artifacts from military history.

    There is not a lot of English language info and I thought that there were only so many stately statues and black and white photos, (without English captions) that I could tolerate.

    A Chinese interpreter will definitely help you to appreciate this museum (didn't help me tho!).

    Apparently since the admission-free policy was introduced in March 08 there has seen a huge surge in visitors, so be prepared to spend some time queuing...

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    The Military Museum

    by Paul2001 Written Feb 28, 2007

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    The Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution is a fascinating museum to visit if you are interesting in military paraphernalia and relics. Also it is a great place to get a political and historical education of China, at least as how the current rulers see it. The museum is house in a rather ugly old 1950's grey block of a building. Inside on the main floor is a warehouse full of tanks, cannons, jets and machine guns. The collection is quite impressive if rather dusty. For us Westerners, you can see weapons captured by the Chinese during the Korean War where we were considered the bad guys.
    From the Ground floor you then can proceed upwards to the rest of the four floors of the building. Starting from the second floor you have more early historical exhibits depicting Chinese military conflicts during the Imperial years with many life-size dioramas. The remaining floors are dedicated to the military conflicts of the 20th century. This includes the two phases of the Chinese Civil Wars, the Second Sino-Japanese War (World War II to the rest of us) and the Korean War. Some might find the propaganda here a little offensive but remember that the Chinese see themselves as being bullied by foreigners for most of the last two centuries. Read some history of China are might learn that to a large degree they are right.
    The Military Museum is open from 8:30 to 4pm daily. It costs 10 yuan for admission.

    A tank in a diorama. Some life-size horsemen at war.
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    by KevinMichael Written Nov 4, 2011

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    This is an excellent museum to see. And enjoyed taking lots of photos while I was there. Listen to this irony,... whereas I could take as many pictures as I wanted in this museum, in Japan's war museum located at Yasuken Shrine, they won't let you take pictures in most areas (only the front and back entrances). Isn't it ironic that you can in China yet not in Japan (considering Japanese are supposed to have greater freedoms)?

    Anyway, this museum is great. I'd love to see it again. Granted it might be of more interest to guys (it lots of tanks and other toys of destruction), but it provides great insight from a historical perspective even if the historical viewpoints may be skewed. Who's to say others aren't either.

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    Chinese Military History Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 9, 2009

    This is a real man's museum! Everything you can possible think of to do with warfare is exhibited here in this huge museum located in the west of the city centre. You're greeted by a large status of Mao in the entrance hall and where you walk through into the Hall of Weapons which displays tanks, missile launchers, fighter planes and a huge missile in the centre. Other halls include the many campaigns Chinese heroes fought in, a huge amount of guns, pistols and ammunition; and a large collection of captured US fighter planes and tanks.

    Open: 8am-5.30pm Tue-Sun. Admission: Free

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    by GongXiFaCai Written Apr 7, 2003

    This is the place dedicated to the communists of the world. As you enter the museum there is a statue of Mao and posters of him, as well as Stalin, Lenin, Deng, and many others. The admission fee is Y5 and the museum is open from 8:30 to 17:00 daily.

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    National Military Museum - West Beijing

    by mgalitz Updated Apr 26, 2003

    This museum tells the history of China through its wars. It has a collection of rockets, tanks, planes and other toys for military aficionadoes. There are plenty of other things for the rest of the family, including an exhibit of gifts received by China from the rest of the world.

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    Chinese Military History Museum - Tanks

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 9, 2009

    Just some pictures of the many tanks - Chinese, Soviet and American, on display.

    Open: 8am-5.30pm Tue-Sun. Admission: Free

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    Chinese Military History Museum - Planes

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 9, 2009

    Just some pictures of the many fighter aircraft on display.

    Open: 8am-5.30pm Tue-Sun. Admission: Free

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    Chinese Military History Museum - Guns & weapons

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 9, 2009

    Just some pictures of some of the huge amount of guns, pistols and ammunition on display.

    Open: 8am-5.30pm Tue-Sun. Admission: Free

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    Chinese Military History Museum - Busts & Statues

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 9, 2009

    Very patriotic section with statues and busts of many famous Chinese leaders and generals plus those from foreign countries such as Lenin and Karl Marx.

    Open: 8am-5.30pm Tue-Sun. Admission: Free

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