China Railway Museum in Beijing

Why is the China Railway Museum in Beijing so Special?

The China Railway Museum is a Chinese museum preserving locomotives that have operated on the railways of the People’s Republic of China. The museum offers a total exhibition space of 16500m² and 8 exhibition tracks. this museum offers a fairly uninspired retelling of the development of the capital and of China’s railway system, with plenty of photos and models.

Where is the China Railway Museum in Beijing?

The museum is located in the Chaoyang District of Beijing.

How to Get There

  • Take Subway Line 2 to Qianmen Station. Get out from Exit B and walk south for about three minutes to the museum.
  • Take bus 8, 9, 20, 44, 622, 673, or Special Line 2 and get off at Qianmen Dong Station.
  • Take bus 2, 5, 120, or Sightseeing Bus 1 or 2 and get off at Tiananmen Guangchang Dong (Tiananmen Square East) Station.


There are three exhibition halls in China Railway Museum: Zhengyangmen Branch, Dongjiao hall and Zhan Tianyou Memorial Hall. The museum office area is located in Building 1, yard 2, Malian Road South Street, Xuanwu District. China Railway Museum belongs to China Railway Corporation. It is a national professional museum and public cultural institution.

Zhengyangmen Branch

Zhengyangmen Branch is the main hall of China Railway Museum. It is located in the southeast of Tian’anmen Square. It was rebuilt from the former site of Zhengyangmen east station of the Beijing Fenghua railway. It opened in October 2010. Zhengyangmen museum is the base of popular science education in Beijing and the patriotism education base of the Beijing Bureau.

Eastern Branch

The Eastern Branch hall mainly displays locomotives and vehicles, with a building area of 16500 square meters. There are eight display lines with different track bed structures and different sleeper forms in the exhibition hall, which can display 80-90 locomotives and vehicles at the same time.
More than 50 refurbished locomotives are on display in the exhibition hall, with a manufacturing span from 1881 to 1993. Among them, there are 28 steam locomotives, 8 diesel locomotives, 1 electric locomotive, 7 passenger cars and 9 freight cars. Among them, there are the earliest existing locomotives in China, the No.0 steam locomotive, which can be regarded as the treasure of the town hall, the meritorious locomotives named after the great men, such as Mao Zedong and Zhu De, and various types of steam locomotives made in different periods in Britain, the United States, Japan, Russia and Belgium.

Zhan Tianyou Memorial

The exhibition hall has a building area of 2800 square meters, a display area of 1850 square meters, and a collection of more than 2000 cultural relics. The exhibition of Zhan Tianyou memorial hall is divided into four parts and twelve units. Through various forms and means, such as physical objects, pictures, charts, sand table models, scene restoration, multimedia videos, touch screens, etc., it vividly shows Mr. Zhan Tianyou’s glorious life of patriotism, innovation, struggle and self-improvement, and shows the brilliant achievements of the construction of modern and harmonious railway. It is a century old China A microcosm of railway history.

Useful Travel Tips

  • Opening Hours:
    8:30-16:30. Ticket sale stops after 16:15.
    From November to April of next year, it closes on Mondays.
  • Admission Fee: CNY 20; free for children under 3.9 feet (1.2m).

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