Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, Shanghai

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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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  • I went there with a colleague, at first not really knowing what to expect. So, it's relatively easy to reach, after some 15 min walk from a subway station nearby. Just follow the few signs at the loca...  more »
  • The collection is amazing. Takes you back in time! Bit hard to find the entrance, but do not give up! Yes... it is in the basement.  more »
  • If you're interested in Chinese history over the last century, then you cannot miss this museum. It's a bit obscure in location but the locals know where it is. A wonderful collection of posters!  more »
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  • Amazing historical experience. Lots of original pieces. Gift shop items are more expensive than those you might find by wondering around (Mao's red book for example) but also contains some pieces you won't likely find elsewhere. Wonderfully laid out in chronological order, the museum does a brilliant job of taking you through the history of modern China and explaining various propoganda pieces.
  • A walk through China's recent history through its propaganda posters. Each poster tells of the political climate at era and goals of the party. See how USA was depicted as a green devil during Korean War and Taiwan issues. See Mao in the realms of Karl Marx & Lenin. See how "great leap forward" began. Also see the post-Mao era posters, where the faces of leaders no longer take centrestage.
  • If you have time to see only one museum in Shanghai, this is the museum you should choose. It's in an unexpected location - in the basement of a residential apartment block. But well worth the search (and the guards at the gate of the complex should give you a flyer to guide you).
  • Fascinating insight into China's recent history, and also the role of the West in said history. My only criticism would be that I would have liked a little more information on some of the items.
  • This is truly a walk in the past of a very critical part of China's history. Lots of information to read and knowledge to gain. Well recommended.