The best museums in Chaoyang

We're talking science, zoology and tax

There are plenty of worthwhile museums in Beijing's eastern district of Chaoyang, as well as further along the Fourth Ring Road. What are you waiting for?

China Science & Technology Museum (中国科学技术博物馆)

Following a comprehensive redesign, China's biggest and best science and technology museum reopened in 2009, boasting five floors filled with impressive interactive exhibits. Built to resemble a wooden block puzzle, the museum shows off the scientific solutions that have shaped our world and ...

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5 Beichen Dong Lu (Changping)

National Zoological Museum of China (国家动物博物馆)

On the Chinese Academy of Sciences campus, the Zoological Museum houses animal specimens from all corners of the world. Spiralling up through three storeys stuffed full of taxidermied land beasts and preserved marine animals, it all revolves around the museum’s centerpiece – an enormous whale ...

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Beichen Xi Lu

Museum of Ethnic Costumes (北京服装学院民族服饰博物馆)

Providing a window into the many cultures of China, this small university campus museum showcases the clothing and jewellery of China’s 56 ethnic groups. The museum is largely divided into three sections: traditional dress (especially from groups in Yunnan, Guizhou and Tibet), intricate silver ...

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2 Yinghua Lu Free

Museum of Tibetan Culture (西藏文化博物馆)

Located next to the China Tibetology Research Center, the Museum of Tibetan Culture houses two permanent exhibitions. The first exhibition, to the left as you enter, is by far the more interesting - explaining the historical development of the Tibetan region through various artefacts such as ...

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131 North Fourth Ring East Road

Beijing Taxation Museum (北京税务博物馆)

Beijing’s tribute to all things taxing used to have pride of place next to the Forbidden City, but in 2015 it was booted out to the Fourth Ring Road, and is now next to nothing in particular. If you do decide to head out there, expect a pleasant mix of the beguiling and banal. Exhibits in ...

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1 North Fourth Ring East Road

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