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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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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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All reviews chinese history four floors audio guide ethnic minorities free admission great collection interesting exhibits on display few hours top floor gift shop people's square couple of hours worth a visit beautiful building security check rainy day
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This museum is a must see if you are in Shanghai. It has free entry so its definitely affordable. Vast array of artefacts from many periods in history. Display rooms are well presented and flow well.

Thank Lyn B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It was an interesting if not typical visit to Chinese heritage museum I hate to say it but our personal highlight was the shopping at the museum store where you can find some actually high quality reproductions at a not so high price

Thank ElPasoMaker
Reviewed 6 days ago

This museum is loaded with historical artifacts. It is definitely a lot more than can be appreciated in a single visit, but it a great way to get an overview of the epochal productions of China in stone, porcelain, calligraphy, jade, etc. The museum does...More

Thank Leeyong60
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is an awesome museum for those who like myseums (I do). I arrived around 11am and was somewhat dismayed to see a queue snaking around some barriers but it was orderly and civilised and moved very quickly. Nothing like the horrendous queues you can...More

Thank sappa68
Reviewed 6 days ago

Was a bit disappointed by the National Museum in Beijing. The main museum in Xi'an was better. This Shanghai museum was, by far, the best. The layout and organization make it easy to seek out collections of most interest. The displays are generally correctly-lit, with...More

Thank SchrodingerCat
Reviewed 6 days ago

This museum is worth a visit, you will be amazed at the age of objects here (very old!) The museum is well laid out and easy to travel from room to room.

Thank Nic110
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Amazing expo, rest of the museum is partially interesting. To be honest the pieces of fourniture are not so great. Sculpture are beautiful.

Thank AlainD853
Reviewed 1 week ago

What's not to like about a free museum with beautiful Chinese artifacts to appreciate? I spent 2 hours here without an audio guide just appreciating the beauty of different ancient craftsmanship. There are very few captions and none of them are in English. However, if...More

Thank Chloe T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum was quite easy to reach, as it is just at the edge of the city centre. And it's actually free to enter! So, basically, the exhibits are mostly about the arts during the ancient times in China, with some special types of exhibits...More

Thank Ka Hink C
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are so much to see, 4 big floors full of arts of different periods . Amazing place, prepare to spend a day there.

Thank anitali2018
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People’s Square
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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