Beijing Museum of Natural History

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Beijing Museum of Natural History
Beijing Museum of Natural History exterior 2010 Sep 04.jpg
Established 1951
Location Dongcheng District, Beijing
Type natural history museum
Website http://www.bmnh.org.cn

The Beijing Museum of Natural History (“BMNH”, Chinese: 北京自然博物馆) is located at 126, Tian Qiao Nan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100050, and is the most popular natural history museum in China.[1] It was originally founded in 1951 as the National Central Museum of Natural History, and its name changed to the Beijing Museum of Natural History in 1962. The BMNH is the first large scale natural history museum created in China.[2]

The BMNH has total floor space of 24,000 square meters, of which 8,000 square meters are available for display and owns more than 200,000 specimens. The major display area is the Tian Jiabing Building. The collections include paleontology, ornithology, mammals and invertebrates, and include a major collection of dinosaur fossils and mounted skeletons. The BMNH also engages in significant scientific research in these areas.[2]

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Coordinates: 39°52′54″N 116°23′38″E / 39.88167°N 116.39389°E / 39.88167; 116.39389