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Shanghai History Museum

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Address: No.1 Shiji Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 200122, China
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We bought a joint ticket for Pearl tower and museum. The museum is enormous! It covers the whole history of Shanghai through tableaux. This brings the whole thing to life. There... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We bought a joint ticket for Pearl tower and museum. The museum is enormous! It covers the whole history of Shanghai through tableaux. This brings the whole thing to life. There are home scenes, shops, work places, streets even a ballroom, cafe. It will take quite a while to get round but it is absolutely worth it. We were so... More 

Thank VioletJ
Shenzhen, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Provides a large scale coverage of shanghai history. Hundreds of wax models. Lots of English information. Quite interesting and very big will need several hours. Located inside the pearl tower. Worth a visit. Free wifi. Cost 30 rmb

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Dunedin, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place can take all day is it so large and so amazing. People of all ages will enjoy this museum and the history as it evolves over thousands of years. If you don't go to any other museums go to this one.

Thank Leslie H
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting Museum with lots to see like most of the Museums in Shanghai. Look at the Oriental Pearl Tower then the Museum.

Thank John W
Le Mans, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our kids really enjoyed this museum and the real size life scenes of past shanghai! It is great to discover the history of the city. Very well done. Some more English translations would be nice.

Thank Marie-Cécile C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really fun museum that makes you feel like you've gone back in time. They've done a great job capturing the feel of Shanghai in days of old!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

It brilliantly chronicles the history of Shanghai from a small trading port to the powerful megacity of today. Very realistically with marvellous dioramas and recreations city life is to be experienced. On the way in is a series of large evocative monochrome photographs, one a picture of the old race course, now the People's Park. Towards the start is a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Located at the base of the Pearl TV Tower, this museum literally tells the centuries-long story of Shanghai by immersing visitors in it with dioramas depicting typical scenes from each major period in the history of the metropolis. Although positioned as a tourist attraction, it is a serious museum and the labels augment the immersive experience with historical facts and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

This is an excellent museum. Unfortunately only 50% of the displays have English translations but if you have Google translate you can use it to get the English or French. The museum gives you a good background about the history of China from the Ming dynasty forward. It takes 3-4 hr to go through the entire museum but most tours... More 

Thank Bearthoughts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

This is a great place to check out after leaving top deck Pearl Tower. It is part of the down stairs shopping mall that includes some very interesting pictures and stories of old Shanghai. Interesting small-scale models of Shanghai architecture and There are life-sized models of colonial Shanghai that date back to the mid 1800s. I think it's worth the... More 

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