10 Strangest Museums in Beijing

By: CEditor 2015-04-13 71 568

There are over 170 museums in Beijing, second only to London in its number of museums in the world. Various museums of the capital provide a window to not only the country's profound history, culture and civilization, but also some of the little known but very interesting facts.

You will be amazed to discover the world's only Eunuch Museum at a humble location on the west end of subway Line 1, and find out there are more such unique museums, featuring watermelon, tap water, bee and even socks.

(sourch from Chinadaily)

Eunuch Culture Museum

When China's last eunuch, Sun Yaoting, passed away in 1996 at the age of 93, a unique group of people from China's feudal dynasties finally disappeared. The Eunuch Culture Museum is the world's only eunuch museum and its primary function is to keep records of the lives of eunuchs.

Daxing Watermelon Museum

Daxing Watermelon Museum is located inside the Watermelon Research Institute and among Beijing's major watermelon plantations in Daxing. Visitor will learn about the cultivation of different types of watermelons, along with comics, statues and paintings featuring the capital's favorite summer fruit.

Beijing Tap Water Museum

Located on the original site of the Beijing City Water Supply Company, the Beijing Tap Water Museum offers a place for people to learn about Beijing's water history in the past 90 years and see how water is purified. The museum also serves to spread the message of water conservation to its visitors. 

Beijing Police Museum

Beijing Police Museum showcases the collection of police tools and weapons from the Han Dynasty (202 BC-220 AD) to the present. You will also see crime-scene photos of violent crimes committed in the past, old-fashioned torture devices and more.

The Red Star Erguotou Museum

The Red Star Erguotou Museum is located in a factory that's still used to produce Erguotou – a famous Beijing brand of throat-burning, strong liquor. In the museum, you will be introduced to Erguotou's brewing process and extensive history and even have the chance to sample a bit.

China Honey Bee Museum

Located on the west side of the Botanical Garden, the China Honey Bee Museum pays homage to these tiny and hardworking pollinators. The exhibition features around 600 bee specimens and bee fossils. It is a good place for anyone with the slightest interest in bees to find out how honey is produced.

The Ancient Bell Museum in Dazhong Temple

The Dazhong Temple received its name because it houses a giant Buddhist bell from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD), which is 5.6 meters high and weights 46.6 tons. The museum has over 700 bells of all types on display made of bronze, iron and jade, from both China and overseas.

China Hat and Culture Museum

Devoted to the history of the hat in Chinese history, the museum has 5,000 kinds of headwear under one roof. The museum is conveniently located on Qianmen Dajie in central Beijing.

Sock Culture Museum

The museum is 3,200 square meters and boasts a collection of over 1,000 items, including exhibits on domestic sock culture, history, literature, machinery and of course, real socks. Additionally, exhibition halls focus on different aspects of socks, such as in the History Hall, Technology Hall, Experience Hall and Future Hall. Modern display methods utilizing digital interactive media are on hand, which educate visitors on the history of socks, and how they're made, along with appropriate fashion etiquette and color-matching schemes.

China Goldfish Museum

The museum is the first one of its kind in China to showcase the history and scientific knowledge of goldfish. In the museum, visitors will see different types of goldfishes and understand the origin and the morphological changes among them.