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Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

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This elegant museum, opened in 1996, features eleven state-of-the-art galleries housing China’s international-standard exhibits of bronzes, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jade and Ming and Qing dynasty furniture.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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201 Ren Min Da Dao, Shanghai, China
People’s Square
+86 21 6372 3500
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Shanghai Museum is well curated. Different levels offer different aspects of Chinese history. My favorites the Ming and Tang dynasty artifacts, and the calligraphy. Well worth a visit.

Thank mrswills1
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Amazing building, full of historic items set in beautiful displays. Start on the top floor and work your way down. My favourites areas were the textiles, jade and furniture. The gift shop is also very good so don’t forget to visit when you leave.

Thank 200Sparrow
Reviewed 5 days ago

We only plan to browse through for 2 hours and ended up staying for 3 hours but would have stayed longer had we have the time. There are 3 or 4 levels. The museum has a good layout and it's not too big or too...More

1  Thank 2Buicks
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Spacious and comprehensive, this museum offers a selection of important Chinese art. English translations are available. It features minority art, jade, calligraphy, painting, sculpture, and some fabulous pottery along with recreations of the famous kilns. Wonderful carved stamps were some of my favorites. Plenty of...More

Thank Pam M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This huge building is in the middle of the City with great access to all areas by lifts and escalators with toilets on all levels. Easy to get around with wide open displays in big wide rooms and good descriptions in English. Very interesting with...More

Thank speaktruly
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely excellent (and free!) museum. You have, however, to select what you want to see since it is virtually impossible to visit everything in the same day. I recommend the jade gallery, which is astonishing. Apart from that, choose according to your taste. Museum shops...More

1  Thank Aleph_999
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent free museum (will close at 4pm or when the max number of visitors reached, also closed Mondays unless a public holiday). Can be a bit of a wait to get in. Ming vases, bronzes, minority peoples section, art and jade. Give a good overview...More

Thank MixMasterMoll
Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved seeing the 4000 year old jade jewellery, and a number of artefacts the Chinese are famous for (eg iron, calligraphy, jade etc), however I felt there could have been more variety in the artefacts and was hoping to see a better combination of...More

Thank Lcatt0
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This free museum provides a great insight into Chinese historical culture. Over 4 levels with different exhibitions ranging from ancient bronze works to jade. I visited during the middle of the day and had no trouble with crowds at all. Worth the visit.

Thank blueeulb69
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place can easily take off two hours from your Shanghai visit. Queue may be long since it is free. It offers good historical artefacts.

Thank Foo Vung T
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People’s Square
People’s Square brings with it all the excitement you
would expect from the town square of one of the
biggest cities in the world. The area around People’s
Square and People’s Park is always a abuzz with
activity. Oceans of local and foreign tourists flow
in and out of the area every day to see grand museums,
go shopping and eat at some of Shanghai’s most storied
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13 August 2018|
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Response from danrmj | Reviewed this property |
The items I saw are expensive but very nice...no cheap trinkets here.
16 February 2018|
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Response from Gordon L | Reviewed this property |
No - no Terracotta Warriors - plenty of examples of textiles throughout the years and etc