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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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  • This museum is several stories & has very good exhibits. There is a great section on acncient Chinese money & also a reasonably good section on artworks. The cafe has great coffee & cakes if you just ...  more »
  • It is very complete and clear the different exhibitions. They have books on China, in Spanish. It is necessary to have time given how big that is, its cafeteria helps regain strength. You should go early to avoid crowds.
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  • You need to allow plenty of time to see everything in this museum, we only had 2 hours and only really saw one floor. 
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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.