Shikumen Open House Museum, Shanghai

Shikumen Open House Museum, Shanghai

The Shikumen Open House Museum is a small museum that is dedicated to life in Shanghai when it was known as the Paris of the East. It shows life of middle class Shanghai residents in Shanghai before the communist era.

The Shikumen Open House Museum is located in the Xintiandi neighbourhood of Shanghai. Although the city has become ultra modern, the neighbourhood has remained as it was in the 1900s with blue stone clad houses divided by narrow lanes. This style of house was the typical residence of middle class households in the 20s and 30s unique to the city of Shanghai. At the time there were nearly 9000 Shikumen houses and most of the elderly Shanghai residents were born in them.

The Shikumen Museum has seven well appointed rooms each featuring exhibits showcasing a typical household. There is a main room, a son’s room, family room, daughter’s room, sitting room, study, room for the elderly members of the family and a kitchen. There is also a Tingzijian room that was used as a store room or servants quarters. Later these were let to boarders and many famous Chinese writers have lived in them.

The information boards and audiovisual effects help visitors enjoy the hospitality of a Shikumen house while visiting the museum.

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 10: 30 am- 10:30 pm.

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Sight Name: Shikumen Open House Museum
Sight Location: Shanghai, China
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walking Tour I   Luwan District Walking Tour, Shanghai  

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