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Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

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People’s Square
As featured in 3 Days in Shanghai
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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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If you visit this museum, you get a comprehensive picture of the traditional Chinese art. Several art branches are presented (paintings, calligraphy, etc.). So if you are... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Budapest, Hungary
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Budapest, Hungary
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you visit this museum, you get a comprehensive picture of the traditional Chinese art. Several art branches are presented (paintings, calligraphy, etc.). So if you are interested at least a little by the local culture and are, you definitely must not skip this. And what's more: the entry is free. :-)

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum is so beautiful and so well done. They have some amazing exhibits. There are some rare and nearly complete collections. All exhibits are done extremely well and very interesting. There are many gift kiosks throughout the building and a very large, well merchandized main gift shop on the main level. I wish we had several days to spend... More 

Thank Nabobs
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

An intetesting museum. Many chinese people were visiting their national treasures which was good to see. My fav? Confucious writing on rock. Wow.

Thank Rosie M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great museum to spend a few hours in! Loads of copper, porcelain, and jade!! Go early to avoid the crowds! It's free but they only let a certain amount of people in per day!!

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum is easy to find, right on People's Square. The galleries are very impressive, and the explanations are clearly labeled and translated in English. It's a great way to get introduced to China's rich history, from the bronze gallery, to the jade works, the calligraphy, and gorgeous Chinese paintings. We also enjoyed the antique furniture and the mask collections... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We started on the top floor and worked our way down. It is stunning inside and has great clean Western style toilets which are a bit of a rarity in China.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The museum is a large, modern, architecturally designed building that is very popular with the locals, we had to queue for sometime before gaining entry. Inside the exhibits are arranged over a number of floors reached by escalators and are well displayed and lit with explanations in Chinese and English. There are a number of different sections, but most visitors... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museum contains some amazing relics all beautiful set out, spaced nicely and with explanations. Clean and well lit.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Attractively designed museum in an architectually inspiring building. Four floors of very well presented and well signed exhibits.

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Again a great place to see the local and Chinese history set out in a logical manner to view. Easy to move around and each level clearly set out with a specific theme. Each exhibit has an multilanguage cards explaining what/where etc you are viewing and its origin. Loads of room and little blocking by the crowds in attendance. A... More 

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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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