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National Museum of China, Beijing

16 East Chang'an Avenue
China 100006
Tel: 86 10 6511 9031's insider take:

Reopened to great fanfare in March 2011 after a four-year renovation, the world's largest museum flanks the east side of Tiananmen Square. Inside its cavernous halls are several permanent history galleries, plus temporary art shows. The Road of Rejuvenation exhibition, charting Chinese history from the 1840 Opium War to the present day, is the most compelling—though far from complete. Don't expect mentions of the Tiananmen Square protests, or the harsh facts of the Cultural Revolution. Do expect copious political rhetoric, a professionally curated photographic and interactive display, and some eye-catching carved murals depicting Chinese achievements through the centuries.—Gary Bowerman

Open Tuesdays through Sundays 9 am to 5 pm.

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