Shanghai Museum

Why is Shanghai Museum so Special?

The Shanghai Museum is a museum of ancient Chinese art. It is considered one of China’s first world-class modern museums. The museum has a collection of over 120,000 pieces, including bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture, jades, ancient coins, paintings, seals, sculptures, minority art and foreign art. The Shanghai Museum houses several items of national importance, including one of three extant specimens of a “transparent” bronze mirror from the Han Dynasty.

Where is Shanghai Museum?

The Shanghai Museum is situated on the People’s Square in the Huangpu District of Shanghai.

How to Get There?

  • Take Metro Line 1, Line 2, or Line 8 and get off at People’s Square Station. Get out of the station from Exit 1 and walk south for about five minutes.
  • Take bus 46, 49, 123, 145, 312, 451 or Shangchuan Special Line and get off at People’s Square Station.
  • Take City Sightseeing Bus Line 1 or Line 2 and get off at the museum.
  • Take Tunnel Line 6 and get off at Wushenglu Xizang Zhonglu Station.

History of Shanghai Museum

The Shanghai Museum was founded in 1952. It was originally located at the old Shanghai Jockey Club, No. 325, Nanjing West Road. It has developed steadily since then. In October 1959, the museum moved to the former site of Zhonghui building, No. 16, South Henan road.

In 1992, the Shanghai municipal government decided to take the people’s Square as the center of the city and the new site of the Shanghai Museum. The construction of the new premises of the Shanghai Museum started in August 1993 and was completed and opened to the public on October 12, 1996.

Useful Travel Tips

1.Entrance Fee: Visitors need to get an entrance ticket. The museum issues 8,000 free tickets daily. Tickets of some special exhibitions are sold at about CNY 20 separately.

2.Opening Hours: 9:00~17:00 (last entry at 16:00); closed on Monday, except public holiday.

3.Audio Guide in Foreign Languages: Rent: CNY 40 Deposit: CNY 400 or $50  dollars or passport

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