China Art Museum (Shanghai Meishu Guan), Shanghai

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#11 of 90 in Museums in Shanghai
Housed in an imposing 63 m (207 ft) vermillion pagoda, China Art Museum (Shanghai Meishu Guan) showcases some 6,000 works of art telling the story of modern China. Absorb images of Chinese modernization, from communist to capitalist, its resistance and embracing of Westernization, and the emergence of contemporary Chinese identity. From the Haipai style of Shanghai's emulators of Western movements, to 21st-century Chinese art by 260 artists, the two-floor museum boasts work by the most important modern national painters. Consider proceeding from the top down, with sweeping views from the upper floor. Plan to visit China Art Museum (Shanghai Meishu Guan) and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Shanghai attractions using our Shanghai day trip site .
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  • The place is amazing by its size, its excessiveness even, there are exhibitions everywhere, when you think you have finished your visit in the four upper floors, an elevator takes you to the first floor where there is as much. However, almost all of the information and even cartels are in Chinese characters, and not translated in English (or in any other language). So it is impossible to know what the expos, or even the names of the artists are talking about. It's pretty frustrating, as the exhibitions seem interesting.
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  • Besides the clock tower on The Bund, the clock tower at the former Shanghai Racecourse Clubhouse was notable, apparently because it was usually inaccurate. Clock towers used to be big things in histor...  more »
  • China Art Museum (Shanghai Meishu Guan) - really a must visit museum, Very good collection of artefacts.  more »
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  • The best part of this museum is the building itself. I didn't find any of the exhibitions particularly interesting but with the free entrance it's worth a visit at least once. The most surprising part was a Starbucks in the middle of the building. Not exactly the kind of café you'd expect in a modern art museum.
  • Outstanding! More than that! I'm speechless and I cannot write nothing else!!! Bravo, people from China!
  • Amazing exhibits, don't miss the 50 yard long moving mural of Shanghai during the Song Dynasty. (an extra $3)
  • Great Modern art museum. Free entry with certain paid exhibits. Very nice museum to visit if you're in the area. But with it being so new there are a lot of areas that do not have anything available to view.
  • The building itself is quite fun and even a little scary for those with fear of heights. You take elevators up and you and up. The museums pieces aren't the quality of the Louve or MET just yet, but it's free and definitely worth stopping by.

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