“Hutongs teach us the essence of Chinese civilization, cities, and life. Out of passion for traditional culture and responsibility bestowed upon us through generations, we increasingly feel the necessity for a place to present and display this essence.” ……Shijia hutong museum preface.
If you want to learn more about Hutong, not just a glance, the Hutong museum is a must for your visit! It is all free.
1. Shijia Hutong museum
Open time: 9:30 to 12:00, 14:00 to 16:30 (Tuesday to Sunday)
Address: NO.24 Shijia Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing
How to get there: Take subway line 5 to Dengshikou station.
From the subway station, it is about 5 minutes walk to get to the museum. It is not open on Monday and has 2 hours break from 12:00 to 14:00.
There are some other nice buildings on the way to the museum.
It is good to spend 1 hour in the hutong.
A little store for Hutong souvenir shop outside the museum:
2. Dongsi Hutong museum
Compare with the Shijia Hutong museum, Dongsi Hutong Museum is more focus on the archetcture of the hutongs. It is just open in 2018, if you want to learn how the hutong was built and the detail of the building, this is a great place to visit.
Open time: 9:30 to 12:00, 14:00 to 17:00 (Tuesday to Saturday)
Address: NO.77 Dongsisitiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing
How to get there: Take subway line 5 to Dongsi station.