Shanghai Museum, Shanghai

Shanghai Museum, Shanghai (must see)

The Shanghai Museum has the best display of Chinese art and cultural exhibits in China, boasting a collection of over 120,000 exhibits from almost all the dynasties that added to the country's vast culture and history.

The first Shanghai Museum opened in 1952 in the clubhouse of the former Shanghai Race Course. The present building located in the People’s Square was inaugurated in 1996. The museum has five floors and an area of 39,200 sq meters. It was designed by local architect, Xing Tonghe in the shape of an ancient Chinese cooking vessel called the Ding with a round top and square base.

The museum has eleven galleries and three exhibition halls. The exhibits are grouped as ancient, bronze, ancient ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, ancient sculpture, coins, seals, furniture and artifacts from minority nationalities. There are over 400 objects from Bronze Age China, a wealth of ceramics from every Chinese dynasty, paintings and calligraphy from different eras in Chinese history and Buddhist sculpture. It also has an impressive coin collection that will interest numismatists because China was one of the first countries to use coin and paper currency. A notable rare object at the museum is one of the last three existing transparent mirrors from the Han Dynasty.

Why You Should Visit:
To take a very close and comprehensive look at many of the most ancient, well preserved exquisite artifacts in the world!
All objects are beautifully displayed and you're free to take photos without flash.

Tip:
Make sure you rent the audio guide – although sometimes information is not available on a specific interesting item, it makes the museum more enjoyable (unless you read Chinese).
Note that you need a passport or some kind of ID as deposit for the headsets.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-5pm (last entry at 4pm)
Free admission
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Shanghai Museum
Sight Location: Shanghai, China
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walking Tour I   Walking Tour of Shanghai's Huangpu District   Shanghai Museums Tour  

Walking Tours in Shanghai, China

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Luwan District Walking Tour, Shanghai

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City Orientation Walking Tour I

City Orientation Walking Tour I

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Tour Duration: 7 hour(s)
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City Orientation Walking Tour II

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Walking Tour of Shanghai's Huangpu District

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Tour Duration: 7 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 19.3 km
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Tour Duration: 5 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 14.5 km
Walking Tour: Old City of Shanghai

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km

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