China Art Museum (Shanghai Meishu Guan), Shanghai

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#11 of 91 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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  • It was a holiday weekend and pretty busy but very efficient security and the wait was minimal. The animated/digitized panorama of Ching Ming on the Bian River - created for World Expo - was recommende...  more »
  • I initially went to see the stunning design of the building, but soon realized that the collections themselves are of great interest. A good mix of permanent and temporary exhibitions, contemporary an...  more »
  • Well curated but some of the paintings are in bad shape with oil that is peeling. There is a wide variety of art, including some reminiscent of German interwar angst. The first floor is mostly glorifi...  more »
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  • An amazingly large building which is interesting in shear scale alone. The art exhibitions within looked interesting but the amount of pieces was overwhelming to a novice. You start at the top and work your way down. Can be a bit confusing to navigate, even then!
  • 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 cafĂ© 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.
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