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The Hall of Ancient Wars is located on the third floor of the West Exhibition Building. It mainly presents a history of China’s ancient wars dating from the end of primitive society up to 1840. The exhibits are a comparative reflection on the rise of ancient wars, focusing on the histories of these wars, combined with innovations in related weaponry, military organizational systems, historical figures, military philosophy, as well as political and economic circumstances.
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The Hall of Modern Wars, on the fourth floor of the West Exhibition Building, primarily recounts the armed struggles of the Chinese people against foreign invasions, between 1840 and 1919. It introduces modern China’s renowned military figures and industries, its preparations to build an advanced naval force, and its military reforms at the end of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
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The Hall of the Agrarian Revolutionary War (1927-1937), on the first floor of the East Exhibition Building, focuses on the history of the revolutionary war waged on land by the CPC-led Chinese Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army and the Chinese people against Chiang Kai-shek’s ruling Kuomintang Party, toward the abolition of the feudal land system, and the founding of the workers’ and peasants’ democratic republic.
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The Hall of the War to Resist Japanese Aggression (1937-1945) is located on the second floor of the East Exhibition Building, mainly presenting the Chinese nation’s fight against Japanese imperialism under the banner of the National United Front for Resistance against Japan. This hall highlights the important roles of the people’s armed forces during the anti-Japanese war, including the Eighth Route Army, New Fourth Army, South China Guerrilla Forces, and the Northeast Anti-Japanese United Army.
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The Hall of the War of Liberation of China (1945-1949) on the second floor of the East Exhibition Building, mainly presents how the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, with the support of all the Chinese people, overthrew Kuomintang rule after four stages of hard struggle, i.e. strategic defense, offensives, decisive campaigns and pursuits, to finally establish New China in 1949.
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The Hall of Achievements in China’s National Defense and Army Building Since 1949, on the third floor of the East Exhibition Building, mainly showcases the growth and glory in national defense and army building after New China’s founding.
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The Hall of the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea (1951-1953), on the fourth floor of the East Exhibition Building, mainly presents a history of the Chinese People’s Volunteers who fought shoulder to shoulder with the Korean People’s Army against US-led “UN forces” from October 1950 to July 1953. The enemy was defeated by Chinese and Korean troops using far inferior equipment, and was forced to agree to the Korean War armistice.
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The Hall of Weapons is located in the northern section of the Exhibition Building and the east and west squares for weapons. It displays six categories of weapons: small arms, artillery, armored personnel vehicles, missiles, naval ships, airplanes – mostly used, captured or self-invented by China’s PLA during periods of revolutionary war, or for anti-sea, anti-air and frontier defenses after the founding of New China in 1949.
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The Hall of Friendly Exchanges between China’s PLA and Foreign Militaries, in the center hall on the fourth floor of the Exhibition Building, mainly displays the most representative over 500 gifts received during foreign exchanges of the People’s Liberation Army since 1949. These gifts from nearly 100 countries across five continents reflect a variety of folk customs, art styles and military cultures of different nations bearing witness to the friendly exchanges between the PLA and armies of the other nations.
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The Hall of a Selection of Collected Artworks in the eastern wing of the Exhibition Building mainly displays a selection of collected works, including calligraphy, paintings, traditional Chinese paintings, and sculpture.
About the Museum
- A view of the Military Museum’s exhibition building and its front square after a snowfall.
Along Beijing’s Chang’an Avenue west stands the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution. It was constructed in 1958, and at the celebration of the Tenth National Day Anniversary (1959) the building was ranked among the top ten landmarks of the People’s Republic of China. This majestic museum was opened to the public in 1960 on Army Day (August 1) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
- As China’s only, largest and comprehensive institution dedicated exclusively to military history, the Military Museum covers 93,700 square meters, with a total built up area of 136,000 square meters, including an exhibition area of over 40,000 sq m. The Military Museum’s exhibition building has two wings of four stories each, and a 94.7m-tall main building of seven stories, topped with theChinese People’s Liberation Army’s gilded emblem measuring 6 meters in diameter. Above the main...
The notice is hereby given that under the approval of the Central Military Commission, the project of strengthening and renovating of the Military Museum exhibition’s building would be carried out at the end of 2011, the basic exhibitions would move out one after another. The Hall of the Agrarian Revolutionary War and the Hall of Ancient Wars had moved out respectively on June 3 and June 6 in 2011. The same was for the east square, the west square and the first floor of the Hall of Weapons on October 8, 2011.
The Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution
Instructions for visitors
- 1. There is no admission charge for visiting the Museum. Visitors should use valid identification to obtain same-day entry passes. Tourist or organized group may obtain the passes by the booked numbers from the website. Passes will not be issued 30 minutes before closing time. For more information, please contact: (+86 10) 66866244.
2. Visitors are required to go through a security check before entering the museum. The following items are prohibited from being taken into the museum: (1) hazardous substances including those that are flammable, explosive, toxic or radioactive; (2) guns, ammunition, and restricted knives...