"Chinese People's Military Museum" Top 5 Page for this destination Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution Tip by mke1963

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.

Address: 9 Fuxingmenwai Dajie
Directions: Georeference: 116.317947E, 39.906803W
There is a Military Museum subway on Line 1.
Fuxingmenwai Dajie is the eastern extension of the great east-west Chang'an. The museum is between the 2nd and 3rd ringroads.

Phone: 010 6851 4441
Website: http://eng.jb.mil.cn/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 15, 2005
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