Founded by and affiliated to the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), the Paleozoological Museum of China (PMC) is a natural science museum that is exclusively devoted to systematically popularizing knowledge of paleontology, paleoecology, paleoanthropology and the theory of evolution. It is also the largest specialized museum in Asia for the topic of the evolution of vertebrate animals.

The Museum is divided into two sub-museums: Museum of Vertebrate Paleontology and the Shu-hua Museum of Paleoanthropology. The former includes three exhibit halls: Fossil Fish and Amphibian Hall, Fossil Reptile and Bird Hall, and Fossil Mammal Hall; the latter Fossil Hominid and Artifact Hall. Drawn from the IVPP's rich collections, the Museum's 1000 plus exhibit items represent a wide spectrum of vertebrate fossils from jawless 'fishes" to humans and their artifacts, spanning from Cambrian (530 million years ago) to Prehistoric time (10,000 years ago). Among the Museum's proud exhibit items are Latimeria, a "living fossil" lobe-finned fish and a gift from Africa; Mamenchisaurus, Asia's largest dinosaur thus known; Lufengosaurus huenei, the first dinosaur occurred in China; Caudipteryx, a dinosaur with real feathers; Confuciusornis, the earliest beaked bird ever found in the world; Stegodon zdanski, commonly known as "The Yellow River elephant" and has made into the elementary school's textbook in China; and the skull models of the mysterious "Peking Man".

The Museum also has extended educational programs for school children through "Young Darwin Club" and provides the participants with the opportunities to field excursions, fossil collecting and preparations, cast making as well as special workshops. The museum has also equipped with multimedia and interactive games for children and adults alike. It is a perfect place for families with school children to spend half a day in weekends and holidays for fun and at the same time learn the fascinating stories about the prehistoric life.

Museum Hours: 9:00~16:30, Tuesdays through Sundays. No admittance after 16:00.

Admission Fees: 20 RMB Yuan/adult, half price for children above 1.2 m, and for students (graduate students excluded), military service people and seniors showing certificates; admission free for the disabled and children below 1.2 m.

Highlights: Lufengosaurus, the first dinosaur occurred in China and the designate museum treasure of PMC; Latimeria, a "living fossil" lobe-finned fish and a gift from Africa; Caudipteryx, a dinosaur with real feathers; Tsintaosaurus, a duck-billed dinosaur with a spine on head, Mamenchisaurus, the world's longest- necked and Asia's largest dinosaur; Confuciousornis, the world's earliest beaked bird; and the best-preserved skeleton of Stegodon which has been made into the elementary school's textbook in China; and more¡­

Regulations & Suggestions:

     1) Do not make noise.
     2) Smoking is strictly forbidden inside the Museum.
     3) Do not touch the exhibits.
     4) No Photos or Films.

Address: 142 Xi-Zhi-Men-Wai Street, Beijing 100044, China.

Accessibility: Subway Line 4 to Dongwuyuan (Beijing Zoo) Station, then walk 150 m west; or take Bus 104 (or, 105, 205, 360, 362, 534, 601, 634) to Baishiqiao Station, across the street by pedestrian bridge, then talk 2 minutes east to arrive. The museum in on the southern side of the Xi-Zhi-Men-Wai Street, opposite to Beijing Zoo, and 50 meters west to Beijing Planetarium.

Phones: 86-10-88369280 (Guided tour in Chinese); 86-10-88369210 (Ticket office); 86-10-88369315 ("Young Darwin Club")

Fax: 86-10-68337001



For More Information on:
Museum development and marketing (e.g., purchase of dinosaur models; planning of travelling exhibitions): Mr. Qingguo Liu (86-10-88369355,

Activities of public education: Dr. Min Zhu (86-10-88369315;