Time at this museum allows a peek at the possessions of past Chinese emperors, giving you an idea of their enormous wealth and status. Don’t miss the Nine Dragon Screen, a colorful glazed brick wall that is one of three of similar styles in China. Other exhibits worth seeing are the Clock Exhibition Hall. Many guided tours of the Forbidden City include the museum, as well as perks like skip-the-line access and round-trip transportation.
Things to Know Before You Go
This museum is a must-see for history buffs and those interested in royal imperial life.
Admission to the museum requires a ticket separate from the entrance fee to the Forbidden City.
Some areas of the museum offer barrier-free access for wheelchairs.
How to Get There
You'll find the Treasure Gallery on the eastern side of the Forbidden City. The galleries are housed in the buildings to the east and west of the Meridian Gate entrance. The nearest subway stop is Tiananmen East Station.
When to Get There
With millions of visitors passing through the gates of the Forbidden City each day, it’s a good idea to get an early start and arrive first thing in the morning for your visit. Purchasing tickets in advance is suggested since the number of visitors allowed into the Forbidden City is capped each day. Head directly to the museum, and you’ll have time to enjoy the collection in peace. The Palace is closed Mondays.
Hall of Clocks
The Hall of Clocks is a visitor favorite at this museum. It's home to one of the world’s largest collections of 18th- and 19th-century timepieces. Interestingly, most of these ornate clocks were actually made in Great Britain.
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- Imperial Garden of the Palace Museum
- Inner Court (Nei Ting)
- Meridian Gate (Wumen)
- Nine Dragon Screen at the Palace Museum
- Forbidden City (Palace Museum)
- Tiananmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace)
- Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan)
- Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
- National Museum of China (NAMOC)
- Wangfujing Street (Wangfujing Dajie)
- Great Hall of the People
- National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA)
- Monument to the People’s Heroes
- St. Joseph's Church
- Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan)