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“Great Free Museum”

Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)
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Ranked #7 of 1,320 things to do in Shanghai
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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“Great Free Museum”
Reviewed 5 March 2012

Its free to enter. It has very old artifacts that date more than 3,000 years old! Must go see.

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“Favorite Museum in Shanghai”
Reviewed 5 March 2012

Fantastic collection of early sculpture and bronzes. Indeed, probably the best one-stop introduction to millenia of Chinese history. Where else but China would you find a money museum (on the top floor). Nice gift shop and restaurant too.

Visited July 2011
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“Fascinating artefacts to see here”
Reviewed 27 February 2012

I loved visiting this Museum. The exhibits are all clustered around themes and the works are stunning, dating back several centuries. You can see gold, embroidery, lacquer-work, pottery, ceramics, old coins, art ... there's so much to see - so give yourself plenty of times. The museum is over four floors - well worth a visit.

Visited May 2011
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Singapore, Singapore
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“A must see for a snapshot of Chinese History”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

The Shanghai museum is a nice compact museum with exhibits over 4 floors. Organised by themes, if you needed a crash course on Chinese history and culture, this would be the place to come. Exhibits on ceramics, currency, ironwork, religious artifacts, calligraphy were presented nicely. Entry was free, and there is a cafe on site. Very much a must see, allow 3-4 hours.

Visited February 2012
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“A definite must see”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

The museum provides excellent insights, particularly for first time visitors to China, into Chinese culture, including areas such as pottery, calligraphy and currency etc. Entrance is free -- Go around 930 am in the morning to avoid the long queues, especially when the tour buses start arriving at 10. Also avoid bringing too many items/bags etc as you want to clear the security clearance quickly. Allow 2 - 3 hours to explore the museum. At the end, you can visit the nearby underground HongKong Plaza centre, located next to the People's Square Metro station, with its clothes, shoes and souvenir shops, as well as eateries.

Visited February 2012
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