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Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre
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Shanghai Propaganda and History Walking Tour
Ranked #14 of 1,311 things to do in Shanghai
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

We navigated to this spot on our first morning in Shanghai, it is only a 20min walk from the French Concession. I would suggest printing directions before arriving on your trip. As others have stated it is easy to find, but be prepared. When arriving at the location, we looked around and saw the sign. Then we asked the apartment security guard for directions, he pointed to building B and we proceeded to the basement. The exhibit was small, yet very interesting, full of unique material. We spent a little over an hour in the museum and the gift shop. I bought several coffee books and a t-shirt for about 400RMB. This ended up being the only gifts I brought back. Our family enjoyed historical perspective of this museum and appreciated the art of the posters. Many conversations during our trip and afterwards about what we saw. And we were proud to have found the location, it was a feather in our cap. :)

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank celrae2015
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

...Of the troubled times China went through during the middle of the 20th century. It doesn’t mean the early century was quiet (very far from that actually), but this museum is an ideal time
capsule of the Cold War viewed from the eyes of this huge country government and its graphic artists.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Nameusse
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

A brilliantly honest and thorough review of Chinese propaganda throughout the last 100 years or so. So many pieces, grouped by era with English explanations of the style and content. It deserves a better stage but maybe being in the basement of a residential block adds something to the experience.

There are signs from the street to the door of the museum so it's easy to find once you get to the address. The shop sells tons of reproductions in a variety of formats and is well worth a browse (and a couple of hundred RMB).

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank SCochrane
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

It's easier to get here than the guide books suggest. There's a Metro (Jing'an Temple Stop) about 20 minutes walk away, or you can hop a bus from the Metro that stops at the apartment block. The area around the Metro is interesting -- especially the old Paramount Dance Hall (Art Deco -- Charlie Chaplin danced, for fun, there).

The collection of posters is a wonderful view of how the propagandists presented communism and their hated enemies (the U.S.). As art, the posters are excellent. As propaganda, one wonders. Did the Chinese people really think utopia (KFCs, perhaps), was just an extended arm away? I doubt it. Also, the anti-American posters (which are funny to American eyes) didn't do a very good job as the Chinese people, even those old enough to remember, seem to. have affection and regard for Americans.

The gift shop (cash only) has reproduction posters, coffee mugs, T-shirts, and original prints of Mao's ~Little~Red~Book~ (US$100).

I'd put on the "Must See" list for anyone visiting Shanghai. You'll even meet Russians from Vladivostok in there. Something for everyone.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

Our guide suggested this off the grid amazing collection of posters that span 80 years of China's modern history. Not an easy place to find in the basement of an apartment building but worth finding it if you are interested in politics through art.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank ErikAlison
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