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Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

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People’s Square
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Address: 201 Ren Min Da Dao, Shanghai, China
Name/address in local language
Phone Number:
+86 21 6372 3500
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

This elegant museum, opened in 1996, features eleven state-of-the-art...

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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Amazing exhibits

One of the best museums in China. Four floors of different varieties of things from Ancient costumes, coins, jade, furniture, arts, calligraphy, ceramics, sculpture and bronzes... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Santa Rosa, California
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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the best museums in China. Four floors of different varieties of things from Ancient costumes, coins, jade, furniture, arts, calligraphy, ceramics, sculpture and bronzes. They also had artifact highlights from throughout china as well, including a jade funeral shroud. But save room for the museum gift shop...some great souvenirs.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Free to get in, very popular at the weekend with a long queue waiting outside on a Sunday. Most exhibits labelled in English too, but there is not a huge amount of background information to set the artifacts in context. Good collections of coins & ancient statues. The jade burial suite is particularly impressive,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fabulous museum - amazing collection of Chinese artifacts from pottery, stamps, coins to jade ... We only had 1 1/2 hours at the museum but could have used much longer but it was only a short stop on our tour. Will definitely visit again and take in much more! Gives you a tremendous appreciation of the history of China and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

There are many antique of different kinds, from Qin Dynasty to Qing Dynasty. For me, it worth spending hours there than in British Museum.

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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Visited museum to view paintings only to find this section was closed to the public, as was the calligraphy section. Costume section was open and very interesting. Small cafe offering tea and some food.

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Hampton Park, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Shanghai Museum is a must see if ever in Shanghai. The galleries are grouped around a high central court, with escalators up and down. Each gallery is dedicated to a genre, such as ethnic clothing, coinage, eras, and furniture. The best collections are probably the ceramics, coins and jade. It is simply a marvel how it is set out... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

came here because the Natural History Museum was closed on Mondays and it was raining. Exhibition galleries spread over 5 floors, all about Chinese history. there is a small gallery with ancient Roman, Greek and Indian coins. my favourite exhibit was the jade burial suit and the various forms on money. not much to keep the kids entertained, though. food... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent two hours there and now better understand Chinese history and culture. Building is pretty and well maintained.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has incredible collections of ceramics and bronzes, unmissable if you have an interest in these fields. The museum is free to enter, and on a Thursday morning at 10am, no queues. This might be different at weekends as they have airport style security at the entrance. The galleries are well curated, the lighting is excellent, and most exhibits... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful museum to visit with an amazing collection. Admission is free. You can take non-flash pictures and must not touch any artifacts. Guards are watching. You will learn much about Chinese history and culture. Allow enough time to visit all 4 levels. The masks on level 4 are worth a look.

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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 food centers. Shanghai residents, meanwhile, live and work in the many residential and office high-rises. While much of Shanghai stays busy late into the night, this really is an area that never sleeps with glitzy nightclubs keeping people up until the wee hours of the morning.
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