Beijing’s Special Museums

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Are you bored with the Palace Museum and want to find something special to know?
Here are four special museums in Beijing City. You may not only see something interesting, but also experience something unique.

Beijing Police Museum

The Front Gate of Beijing Police Museum

Located in an antique Western-styled building, formerly a Citibank branch, the museum is home to all kinds of police weapons in service from 1945 to 2000, uniforms and precious relics from milestones in the city’s history. There are opportunities to play computer-simulated exercises, such as driving and shooting, which are considered necessary skills for a police officer.

Address: No 35 Dong Jiao Min Xiang, Dongcheng district

Open: 9 am-4 pm, Tuesday to Sunday

Tel: +86-10-8522 5018

Ticket: 5 RMB per person, 20 RMB a package ticket including souvenirs and shooting simulation

Visitors can not take photos in the whole museum, except two places.


Ancient Coins Museum

The Ancient Coin displayed in the museum

Interested visitors can see ancient coins in unusual shapes and material: from shell, cloth, to knife and grimace. The museum also has a market for collectors.

Address: No 9 Deshengmen Dongdajie

Open: 9 am-4 pm, Tuesday to Sunday

Tel: +86-10-6201 8073

Ticket: 10 RMB per person

Diabolo Museum

The Diabolo (or Chinese Yo-Yo) in the Museum

The diabolo, the hollow bamboo that makes a whistling sound, was once a beloved and traditional pastime of Beijing people. Playing a diabolo is now considered a sport and a skill. The museum, free to enter, has detailed displays about the making, changes in style, and playing of diabolos. A team of interpreters, led by National Master Li Lianyuan, is there to guide you through time and culture, and to teach you how to play. You can also see the favorite diabolo played by the last emperor of the Qing Dynasty.

Address: No 9 Baoguosi Xiaoxing Hutong, Xicheng district

Open: 9 am-4:30 pm, Tuesday to Sunday

Tel: +86-10-8316 3256

Ticket: Free

Apiculture Museum

Exploring the Life of Bees in the Museum

Hidden inside Fragrant Hills, this museum is a secret city populated by those mysterious and highly organized animals – bees. The museum is free to enter and the curious are rewarded with an in-depth look at how bees are bred and raised. One of the must-sees here is a vivid bee fossil formed 23 million years ago. You can buy all kinds of bee-related products in the gift shop, or relax on a walk in the beautiful surroundings.

Address: Inside Bee Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (in Beijing Botanical Gardens), Xiangsha Nanlu, Haidian district

Open: 8:30 am-4:30 pm, closed in winter

Tel:+86-10- 8259 4910

Ticket: 2 RMB per person