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Shanghai Museum, Shanghai

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.2/5 based on 3,000+ 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 is a nice museum with breathtaking collections of Chinese pottery and bronzes. Unfortunately, some of the galleries were closed the day we were there. Crowds were not too bad and the exhibits are...  read more »
  • Our vacation started with a rainy day so we decided to wait out the rain at the museum. It was free and filled with great exhibits. Make sure you eat prior to going if you intend on heading out in the...  read more »
  • The best part of this museum is that it's free, which is a rarity in China. The crowd was not so much, but had to stand for queue outside in scorching sun. The place has typical chinese exhibits like ...  read more »
  • An impressive museum of ancient Chinese artifacts. Shanghai Museum has free entrance and try to arrive early to avoid the sometimes very long queues.
  • Expect incredibly long queue to get inside. Exhibitions are focused on local history and they have quite a lot of artifacts. Worth going, really good museum. Free entrance.
  • As a Chinese Canadian, I've heard this is a great museum, so last month, I was especially going to visit this place with my daughter, trying to show her some real original Chinese culture which she can't get abroad. On that day,there is security check at the entrance, the security guards stopped us because we had a bottle of ice wine in the backpack, the wine was supposed to be my present for my old buddy living in shanghai. the funny thing was beside them is a temp storage counter, but the staff refused to serve because of not allowed by those guards. after back and forth a couple times these guys gave me 2 choices, either leave the wine to them (confiscate my present) or get out. with deeply disappointed, I walked out this freaking museum with my kid, and I will NEVER be back. Ironically this experience has given my kid some real and original lessons of Chinese culture, and it's live show too
  • A great collection and nice building. Not at international museum standards though.
  • Chinese aren't yet very good in presenting artifacts in museums. Shanghai Museum is no exception. The collections are impressive but can become a little boring. The rich history of Chinese culture is present at every corner of the museum and considering the free entry, this museum is worth a visit.
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