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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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201 Ren Min Da Dao, Shanghai, China
People’s Square
+86 21 6372 3500
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We spent under 2 hours here - it is okay. Had 3-4 stories and 3-4 museums on each level. My recommendation will be to not cover everything if you don't have the time - just choose the musuems which interest you the best.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tour817343
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Expect a very long queue in this museum because it's free. Definitely it's worth it as every floor caters to a specific stuffs the museum has to offer, not to mention that Chinese culture is so rich and they were able to preserve it. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A great way to learn about the history of the civilization and human civilization and ingenuity. If seeing nothing else, visit the collection of bronzes to be amazed at what humans were capable of creating as early as 1600 BC.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

According to the brochure, "There are nearly 130,000 pieces of national treasures covering 21 categories: bronzes, ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, jade and ivory works, bamboo and lacquer wares, oracle bones, seals, coins,and artifacts of the ethnic minorities." Overall, there are one million pieces in the museum....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is a must if you are in Shanghai. Make sure you rent the headphones because it makes the museum much more enjoyable unless you read chinese. plan to spend 3 to 4 hours if you can. also the museum is closed on Mondays...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jim R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Each floor has a different type of exhibit. I enjoyed the ones with the ancient Chinese writings and the jade. There is lots more there, but not really quite my cup of tea. There is a floor that has furniture and it is ver y...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is a must for a first visit to China. It shows you all the greatness of Chinese art and craftsmanship. In our case we were also told a lesson in Chinese service mentality: Having asked the info desk on a Sunday afternoon if...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 432helgas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All the exhibits here are superb but my favorite was the sculpture hall. It was arranged chronologically so that visitors could appreciate the evolution of Buddhist sculpture over the centuries. My advice is to start on the top (4th) floor and work your way down,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Douglas6
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Shanghai Museum massive and incredibly well organized. Each level has a few different exhibits that are well laid out and unique. I would recommend spending a few hours here if you’re hoping to see all the different exhibits

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank shannonhart
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent a half a day looking at the ancient relics that were in the museum. It was fascinating seeing all the Chinese history that was here in the museum. The flowers and the area outside the museum the Peoples Square. was such a pleasure...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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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Madeline V
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Response from cherylchin | Reviewed this property |
I emailed my Chinese tour guide Jonathan G. from Viking River and he said you can't bring the large suitcase in but they will hold it for you. Go to the back entrance facing the highway NOT the people's square entrance and... More
Madeline V
26 December 2018|
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Yes, the locker is available and free of charge
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The items I saw are expensive but very nice...no cheap trinkets here.