China National Film Museum


Basic Facts of China National Film Museum

Chinese Name: 中国电影博物馆  Pronunciation: Zhōngguó Diànyĭng Bówùguăn

Building Time: 2005

Recommended Visiting Time: 3 Hours

Occupied Area: About 34,667 square meters

Address: No. 9, Nanying Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

Function: It is a museum to display the history of Chinese film, the exhibition of film technology, the spread of film culture, and the exchange of academic research. It is also a base for patriotism education, anti-corruption education, film cultural activities, and popular science education.


Admission Ticket Fare

Admission ticket is free, but reservation in advance is required.


Opening Hours

Date Opening Hours
Monday  Closed (Except legal holidays)
Tuesday to Friday 9: 00 - 17: 00
(No admission after 16: 30)
Saturday and Sunday 9: 00 - 20: 30
(No admission after 20: 00, exhibitions on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors closes at 17: 00)


Introduction of China National Film Museum

The Main Entrance, China National Film Museum
The Main Entrance

Approved by the State Council, China National Film Museum is a large-scale public cultural museum jointly built by the former State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television and the Beijing Municipal People’s Government. It is currently the largest national professional film museum in the world and a landmark building to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Chinese cinema.

China National Film Museum covers an area of about 34,667 square meters with a building area of nearly 38,000 square meters. Its construction was completed on December 29, 2005, and the museum was officially opened to the public on February 10, 2007.

China National Film Museum has 21 exhibition halls with a total exhibition area of about 13,000 square meters. On the first floor, a large-scale theme exhibition is held to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China, which fully demonstrates the glorious course of Chinese films in the past 70 years and its brilliant achievements in the new era.

Celebrities Exhibits,China National Film Museum
Celebrities Exhibits

The exhibition from the second floor to the fourth floor showcases the development of Chinese film over the past century, the film development in different periods and stages, and the important artistic achievements of film workers, revealing the mystery of film production. The museum also has six cinema halls, including a giant screen hall, which can accommodate more than 1,000 people.

China National Film Museum was jointly designed by RTKL International Inc., headquartered in the United States, and the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design. In front of the main building, the huge screen and the intermittent sloping wall in the square form a planar combination shaped like a “clapperboard”; the building adopts black as the basic color and uses metal plates with hollow patterns as the outer decoration. The museum is even more unique and full of charm when reflected by night lighting.


History of China National Film Museum

Exhibition Hall,China National Film Museum
Exhibition Hall

In November 2002, China National Film Museum started its construction.

In December 2005, the main project of China National Film Museum was completed.

On February 10, 2007, China National Film Museum was officially opened to the public.

In 2007, the cinema of China National Film Museum joined the Beijing New Film Association by contract.

On March 28, 2008, China National Film Museum was officially opened to the public for free. On July 26 of the same year, the wax hall of the China National Film Museum was completed and opened.

On May 25, 2009, China National Film Museum project passed the acceptance of the Demonstration Project of New Technology Application of the Beijing Construction Industry.

On May 24, 2010, China National Film Museum was adjusted from an institution affiliated with the Beijing Municipal Radio and Television Bureau to an institution directly under the Beijing Municipal Government.


Exhibit at China National Film Museum

Beijing International Film Festival Achievements Retrospective

Beijing International Film Festival,China National Film Museum
Beijing International Film Festival

As the most important international film exchange event in Beijing, since its establishment in 2011, Beijing International Film Festival, relying on the advantages of the national cultural center, has gathered and displayed the development achievements of China’s film industry in an all-round way. It has made continuous efforts in international, professional, and innovative aspects, such as the scale and quality of the event, the results of cooperation and exchange, the popularity of public participation, and the effect of culture benefiting the people. Its international influence has achieved breakthroughs and improvements year by year.

Beijing International Film Festival has increasingly become an important film exchange event that is widely concerned and recognized by the film industry at home and abroad, and serves as an important annual cultural feast loved by the people of the capital. In 2020, the Beijing International Film Festival was ten years old. The festival is, as it were, a retrospective exhibition, which sums up the experience of the previous nine Beijing International Film Festivals and is conducive to have a clearer understanding of the opportunities and challenges of Chinese films.


Warm Tips

Visitors are required to make a reservation in advance by real name through the WeChat Official Account of China National Film Museum.

Visitors can experience the self-help voice guide service by following the WeChat Official Account.


How to Get to China National Film Museum

By Bus

Take bus 418, 516, or 851 and get off at Nangao Station and then walk for about 800 meters along Nanying Road to China National Film Museum.

By Taxi

Chinese: 请带我去中国电影博物馆。English: Please take me to China National Film Museum.

If you go to China National Film Museum from the center of Beijing (Grand Hyatt Beijing), it takes about 45 minutes (about 55 yuan).

If you go to China National Film Museum from Beijing Capital International Airport, it takes about 25 minutes (about 50 yuan).

If you go to China National Film Museum from Beijing Daxing International Airport, it takes about 1.2 hours (about 220 yuan).

If you go to China National Film Museum from Beijing West Railway Station, it takes about 50 minutes (about 90 yuan).

Film Model, China National Film Museum
Film Model

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