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Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre
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Shanghai Propaganda and History Walking Tour
Ranked #12 of 1 356 things to do in Shanghai
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In a slightly odd location (basement of a residential building in a residential area), but a great museum. I was surprised at how balanced (even critical) the exhibits were about propaganda, the cultural revolution, Mao, and such. It's not a whitewash of history, but a thoughtful exploration of how propaganda was used. Also a cool gift shop where you can buy reprints of many of the posters.

Thank bobm473
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"cultural revolution"
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"gift shop"
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"private collection"
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"chronological order"
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"communist era"
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"residential building"
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"modern chinese history"
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"unique collection"
in 7 reviews
"business card"
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"bit hard to find"
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"small museum"
in 24 reviews
"translated into english"
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"historical context"
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"well worth the effort"
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"history lesson"
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"for sale"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ok, it might be because of my particular interest in this kind of history, but it was one of the best museums I've ever visited. It's definitely very interesting, sometimes funny ("birth control for the country!"), sometimes makes you think, sometimes makes you laugh, sometimes the posters are plain ridiculous (ballerinas with kalashnikov anyone?). And the gift shop, ahh! You can buy prints AND SOME ORIGINALS! (The latter are pricey, but still doable) there are also some interesting memorabilia. Also, never in my life have I been so tempted to take pictures when it was prohibited...
Just go. Now. Shoo! Shoo!

Thank ankyfire
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a private collection of posters from the earliest days of the Communists. It starts with artists who had done lovely women's portraits for a Shanghai magazine in the 1920's and then very artistic colorful early propaganda posters, unlike any we had otherwise seen. They progressed to the classic soldiers with a couple of Chinese characters, but include posters about the US anti-Vietnam war movement and the Civil Rights movement in the US. Very interesting way to spend an hour.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a simple idea, just lots of propaganda posters. Really interesting to see the progression over time (they are arranged in chronological order) and the written commentary which is in English. We really enjoyed 30-45 minutes walking round the rooms here, and came away with some interesting thoughts sparked by the posters.

As the other reviews mention it is hard to find, but not impossible! Just note that it’s within a complex of buildings and not signposted until you’re at the front door. We ended up wandering around looking confused until someone took pity on us - they guessed where we were going and told us how to get there. They must be used to it!

Thank Rachel N
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

We did our research and found this place easily, planned our own walking tour through the French Quarter then to the Propaganda Centre, the security guard on the gate will direct you around the buildings-walk about 3/4 of the way around the buildings the there is signage to follow.
We based our walking tour on a blend of two walking tours we found on the Time-out Shanghai site.
We both enjoyed our time in the centre and purchased some prints of posters and photos for a fair price to take home.

Thank Andrew M
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