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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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Phone Number: +86 21 6372 3500
09:07 - 17:02
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Fabulous portrayal of the city

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 

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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

A museum which focuses on the late 19th to early 20th century. One can get a real feel for what Shanghai was like before the modern buzzy steel and glass city which it is now. Well worth the visit. NB Atter buying tickets do not make the mistake of joining the long queue for those waiting to go up the... More 

Thank Nick O
Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The Shanghai History Museum is suitable for all ages. All the models and statues inside were built beautifully and looked very realistic. This attraction can be gone to in hot or cold weather because it is indoors. I feel that this museum is fun, interesting and entertaining. Especially for people interested in history. Still this museum is appealing to people... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Another stop on our tour was the history museum. Looks like a fairly new building having multiple ehibi floors...well laid out. We had an audio device which is highly recommended. It covers all the floors & exhibits. It was interesting & informative but way to much information to summarize. If you are into histyory this should be a must see... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Small museum with some interesting pictures and stories of old Shanghai. Interesting small-scale models of Shanghai architecture and some life-sized models of colonial Shanghai in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Worth walking through if you have already paid to go into the Pearl Tower -- probably not worth it if you were not planning to go to the tower... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

You can buy tickets to the top of Pearl Tower and the museum for about 220 RMB. Locals told me to avoid the restaurant. The museum however is top drawer. The dioramas are lifelike and show rural scenes in which one of my Chinese friends was very familiar. Take your time with the museum. I am going again next trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

An well exhibited museum containing a concise history of different aspects of Chinese life. Three floors of easy to follow exhibits and if you tire there is a nice restaurant to have a cup of tea.

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