One of the most notable paleontological museums in Asia, this place is packed to the rafters with dozens of dinosaur fossils – mostly from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Some of the larger creatures’ skeletons are reproductions but many are the real deal – including several complete skeletons on the upper floors. But the partial fossils are also incredible; the delicate skeletal structure of the flying, pterodactyl-like dsungaripterus weii – only found in China – is breathtaking.
While perhaps not as bill-topping as the fearsome fossil fest, the small anthropological exhibition in the adjacent room – featuring displays of bones (including a replica of the Peking Man’s skull), primitive tools from the Neolithic period and dioramas of cavemen doing their prehistoric thing – is also well worth a look. Incidentally, this one finds itself just down the road from the Beijing Planetarium, so once you’re done with the dinosaurs, why not head skyward to learn about the asteroids that annihilated them?
Don’t miss The complete fossils of the long- snouted herbivore sinokannemeyeria on the second floor.
Estimated time One hour.
English provisions English signage is limited.