Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, Shanghai

(4.4/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
Experience a slice of Maoist propaganda at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, a private collection of 20th-century original posters charting a significant period of China's history. Gain an insight into the visual rhetoric of the infamous communist leaders from thousands of posters spread across two rooms, focusing on images of the Cultural Revolution. A specialty gift shop sells reproduction posters, Mao-era antiquities, and original artworks. Put Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Shanghai itinerary builder.
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  • This low-key gallery gives visitors a good overview of how Chinese propaganda posters evolved over the decades. Very interesting given how political priorities and narratives change over time. There a...  more »
  • He must first find the place (in a basement of a building, without any indication), but this small museum worth a visit widely and allows to have a very interesting vision of Chinese propaganda and the evolution of graphic art during these turbulent years. Unfortunately, the set design is limited, and this museum deserves really a better location and visibility.
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  • Be clear, this is more interesting if you like history and art. The museum's exhibits walk you through decades of history- in order- from about 1949 to 1979 when big poster propaganda was abandoned by...  more »
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  • It's pretty small but neat. Costs 25 RMB now, which it is worth.
  • Excellent museum but a little hard to find. Great gift shop as well.
  • A gem of a museum. It's in a residential area hidden away in the basement of an apartment complex but worth the trouble of finding it.
  • Really cool place to spend a few hours. The posters are offered with descriptions in French and English. While you'll get more out of it if you know some Chinese history, one can enjoy the posters on a strict esthetic level
  • A true gem of a small museum located in the basement of a non-descript apartment block. Brilliant small exhibition and a gift shop where you can buy genuine posters from the 1950s to today. My favourite poster was entitled: "People's commune is great. Make efforts as great as the sky and set records as high as satellite."