Unit 731 Museum ​- infamous complex from World War 2 in Harbin, China

​​​​​​​​​Last Update: 9th October 2020

With an area of nearly 10,000 square meters, Unit 731 Museum is a site museum, located at No. 47, Xinjiang Street, Pingfang District, Harbin. The site was the largest research, experiment and manufacturing base of bacterial weapons of the Japanese Army during the Anti-Japanese War in the history of the world.

Unit 731 Museum ​Fast Facts

  • Chinese Name: Qinhua Rijun Di 731 Budui Zuizheng Chenlieguan (侵华日军第731部队罪证陈列馆)
  • Area: 9,997 square meters
  • Things to do there: Photography, History and Culture
  • Who visits: Photographers, History and Culture Lovers
  • Time required: 1 – 2 x hours

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What to expect at Unit 731 Museum

Unit 731 Museum is built on the main building of research, experiment and manufacturing base of bacterial weapons of the Japanese Army during the Anti-Japanese War. The unit was founded in 1933 and committed cruel war crimes in Northeast China, including bacterial warfare and experimenting on human beings with deadly bacteria. They bombed out most of the buildings there just a few days before the Japanese government surrendered. There are 27 site spots there covering an area of 24.8 hectares.

Unit 731 Museum employs a large number of items of Japanese bacteria war used by the Japanese Army, historical archives and oral historical data to fully reveal the anti-human, anti-civilization and anti-ethical nature of the Japanese bacteria warfare forces. Materials and pictures present how the unit did the crimes on the Chinese people at that time. You’ll see the iron cages for small animals, the bacteriological incubator, the cap of the bacteria bullets, an broadsword for vivisection, injectors, potion-making kit, etc.

They used more than 50 species of bacteria and virus, including plague, anthrax, cholera, tuberculosis, typhoid to do experiment on the body of Chinese and foreign people. After the experiments, bodies were burned in the specific crematorium. The site of the crematorium just disappeared but only a chimney stands there. In addition, they also researched the germ bomb which had been applied at that time, seriously endangered the ecosystem and human living environment.

The site of the bacterial laboratory and the special prison is opened to the public after the excavation from 2000 to 2001. It covers an area of around 23,800 square meters. The site of virus laboratory is not excavated as just the basement survives and it is under 3 7-storey houses. Some of the survived buildings are in use for other purposes while some are in protection.

Best time to visit Unit 731 Museum

You could visit the museum any time during the opening hours.

The best months to visit are from April to October.

How to get to Unit 731 Museum

You could take Bus 210, 220, 338, 343, 348, 36 or Bus 371 to the Stope of Xinjiang Dajie (新疆大街站) and walk to the museum. Alternatively, you can rent a vehicle to the museum.

Additional Unit 731 Museum Travel Advice

  • Opening hours: 09:00 – 11:00 and 13:30 – 16:30 (Tuesday – Sunday, visitors are not permitted to enter the museum from 15:30). It is closed on Mondays.
  • Tourists can visit the museum for free.
  • Please present your passport to the ticket office to get the entrance ticket.
  • Please keep quiet in the museum.
  • Please don’t take photos or shoot videos in the museum.

Interested in visiting Unit 731 Museum on a Tour?

Wendy Wei Tours offers a variety of different packaged tours as well as custom tours including Unit 731 Museum among other attractions and destinations. To find out more, please visit our Tours page or Contact Us directly to find out more.