With 5 floors, 17 exhibition halls and more than 100,000 pieces of art, China's National Art Museum has a scale befitting the country. The museum's collection is eclectic, ranging from classical calligraphy to works by Picasso. Exhibitions tend to be on the conservative side, however, and visitors looking avant-garde would be better off wandering the independent galleries of the 798 Art District. The National Museum is a nonetheless excellent place to become acquainted with China's classical masters and see a few other nice pieces of foreign art along the way.
The museum opens year round (it does not close on Mondays) from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with the last visitors admitted at 4:00 pm. Like most of China's national museums, admission is free, but visitors must present a passport or PRC ID card to gain entry.
Address: 1 Wusi Street, Dongcheng District Phone: 6403-4951