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Shanghai Museum, Shanghai
(4.2/5 based on 3,200+ reviews on the web)
Located in the city's center, Shanghai Museum displays a large collection of invaluable ancient Chinese art which demonstrates the nation's philosophy, wisdom, and way of life. Established in 1952, the round dome structure with a square base contains a total of three exhibition halls and eleven galleries. You can choose to inspect many major categories of showcased art, such as calligraphy, ceramics, furniture, paintings, and coins. Explore China's long history by examining over 120,000 items, which portray the country's long, colorful history and its relation to foreign countries. The museum issues 8,000 daily tickets free of charge and gives priority to the elderly and disabled. Plan your Shanghai Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Shanghai using our Shanghai vacation builder.
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  • Like everything in beautiful Shanghai, a great diversity in its 4 floors, in which you can find really spectacular parts of the big story and ming dynasty, as well as its history in pottery and their currencies, clothing etc, access and environment is well friendly, has beautiful gardens and is very close to the main avenue where much of the trade is concentrated really recommended, is free.
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  • We exhibit the artifacts from the ancient times of People's Republic of China I Taiwan was watching on the day the Museum never yaes well then he has not only the Museum and would like to see more.
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  • If you have nothing to do in Shanghai and need to kill time until the evening you straight here. A day you enough to explore the Museum. Entrance is free of charge. Audio in Russian no, warn. So either in another language, or guide. About the second option I don't know because the Chairman listened to all. Almost every exhibit there is a description of the audio-guide service. The Museum is divided by periods and topics. Many halls, just, in my opinion, 4 floors. All very interesting. Recommend.
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  • AAA Museum and well deserved I have visited many museums and Ive got to say I wasn't disappointed. What an amazing experience I hired the audio tour and went early in the morning I just about got through all the floors after 6 hours and was left wanting more. The history and culture of the Chinese empire is nothing short of education and culture with finesse. A truly amazing experience. High on the to do list
  • Great place to spend a few hours. Perfect if the weather ain't that great. Lots of historic items ranging from statues to ancient currency.
  • Top-notch collections across many disciplines, eras, styles and materials. Excellent presentation of artefacts with informative labels (in English too). Easy to orientate yourself within the building and get around, but entry queues can be trying unless you get there early. Ceramics and bronze artefacts are without global parallel and the collections on China's rich furniture history are outstanding. If in Shanghai, then this is a must-see collection.
  • The collections are diverse and impressive but it lacks proper translation in English. Even the audio guide we got did not work a lot of the time and it a lot of items did not have audio guide description. The entrance is free but audio guide which I don't recommend is 40 rmb. There was a long queue but we only stood there for 15 minutes or so to get in. Nice experience all in all.
  • Took my two kids there in April. They were amazed to see some many interesting stuff. A good selection of artefacts.