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Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

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“four floors”(90 reviews)
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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 12 December 2004

In my experience, the Shanghai Museum is the most thoughfully designed, comprehensive, and treasure-filled museum I have ever been to. Basically, you have thousands of years of Chinese civilization in one relatively compact, contemporary structure. A very high percentage of the objects chosen for display...More

37  Thank tonymoco
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 22 March 2015

I have previously written on this site, that I reommended the Shanghai Musum Gift Shop as one of the more reliable places for purchasing better quality and fixed priced Chinese souvenirs in Shanghai, where I reside. However, I must share my recent experience there which...More

5  Thank motownammain
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Reviewed yesterday

Many interesting exhibits dating back to BC. Recommend at least 4-5 hours to fully enjoy the Museum. Get the headsets at the counter for foreign language translation. Need passport or some kind of identity as deposit for the headsets. Entry is FOC

Thank Chan L
Reviewed yesterday

Went there in mid September on a hot,humid and crowded Sunday. Despite of being free for entry this museum is surprisingly well maintained and has good interiors. It naturally attracts a lot of crowd so be prepared for long queues. It showcases rich history which...More

Thank nomadwordsmith
Reviewed 2 days ago

Next to the People's square, this is a wonderful stop for anyone wanting to spend some time with the history of China. The modern building has four floors with some permanent and temporary exhibits. The stamps and the ceramics exhibitions were fascinating. We visited the...More

Thank anarchius
Reviewed 3 days ago

The only "down side" to a tour of this museum is that it is so comprehensive and inclusive it challenges one to see it all without skimming very informative material

Thank Reklaw252
Reviewed 5 days ago

The architecture is very interesting. The exhibits are well laid out and very spacious. You have to have some interest in Chinese culture and history and take enough time to enjoy it. The gardens surrounding the museum are very nice.

Thank walkinthewoods
Reviewed 5 days ago

It was actually our first day in Shanghai and decided to go to the Museum. It was well worth it. Gave us some understanding and history of China. It was very well laid out with lots of information. A stop for sure!

Thank mamalowe
Reviewed 5 days ago

This museum is one of the best we have been to. We loved the currency section, the exhibition for the minority groups, and calligraphy. To be honest, I'm not much of a museum person and was not all that excited about this stop but it...More

1  Thank courtcord
Reviewed 1 week ago

A well organized and presented museum. But be prepared for the crowds! We loved our time here, but only had time for a few of the rooms. There is so much to offer in this place that you may need more than one visit to...More

Thank profginsburg
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My visit to this museum was great. It is free of charge and well worth the time invested with nice presentations of traditional costumes from around the country, ancient ceramics, currency, and other subjects. Nicely laid out, descriptions for most items are in Chinese and...More

Thank Panamajoe2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Escape for a few hours into the past and view some REALLY old jade, ceramics and other artefacts. The exterior gardens & floral sculptures are also worth seeing.

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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
food centers. Shanghai residents, meanwhile, live and
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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