Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

201 Ren Min Da Dao, Shanghai


Shanghai museum represents the ancient highlights of Chinese history and Art. Having one of the largest collection of ancient items and historical orientation, it is considered to be one of the China's first world-class modern museums, due to its facilities and quality of exhibitions.The museum is located on the People's Square.
The shape of the building is symbolic, It has a round top and a square base, which symbolizes the ancient Chinese perception "round sky, square earth".
Shanghai museum houses over 120,000 items, including bronze, ceramics, furniture, ancient coins, paintings and sculptures. All the items are placed in different thematic galleries like Ancient Chinese Bronze, Ancient Chinese Sculpture, Chinese furniture in Ming and Qing dynasties etc. The admission is free of charge.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Tue

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Wed

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Thu

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Fri

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Sat

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Sun

    09:00 - 17:00

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  • Evelyn Chao

    - 17 August 2018 -

    Be prepared for 20+ min wait to get in. Better check out floor map before visiting so to know where to focus. It’s not a huge museum (4 floors) compared to others but totally worth a visit. 來看書畫,還是故宮的館藏多。

  • Karen Dhaliwal

    - 03 August 2018 -

    If you enjoy museums or have some time to kill definitely recommend the Shanghai Museum. It's free and very well curated. Fantastic way to learn about China's history

  • Gareth Jones

    - 04 July 2018 -

    Closed Mondays (except public holidays) as of January 2018 Excellent museum with a large array of Chinese artifacts dating back over a thousand years. Each exhibit is nicely laid out and there are plenty of English explanations.

  • Huang Wzhong

    - 10 May 2018 -

    this place is one of the popular well known museum in China, it has huge spacious exhibition area. To gain more enjoyable visiting, it would be better if the person have some prerequisite about Chinese historical background prior, this will be helpful and make a pleasant visiting trip.

  • Melanie Galuten

    - 23 March 2018 -

    Make sure to enter from where the Dancing Waters are! Also GO EARLY. When we left there was a HUGE line to get in. Great collection: Calligraphy; Bronzes; furniture; Jade; Coins; painting, etc. Nice gift shop with reasonable prices. I got some pearl earrings and a fun umbrella. Nice selection of English books as well. There is a cafe there but it wasn't open. Allow a couple of hours.

  • Ellen Huang

    - 23 January 2018 -

    Loved this place. There is so much of Chinese history to see. I was fortunate to visit free because it was the opening day of the Egyptian exhibit. The surrounding areas were also nice and green.

  • Serena Uible

    - 21 January 2018 -

    Got there about 1pm. LONG line but it moves quite quickly. Museum is interesting. So is the architecture. Getting to the museum if you are handicapped -is difficult. We ended you using the steps down and then across under the street and back up more steps. It was difficult. The gift shop looked interesting, but not enough time .... Or energy.

  • Willem Koenders

    - 16 January 2018 -

    The collections of art are simply amazing. The floors are easy to navigate and the museum is nicely divided in sections. And: it's free! What I missed, though, is a bit of storytelling. Most signs and text read something like "this is a masterpiece of ..." and "this is considered to be top-of-art by ...", but they fail to explain to a foreigner what I am really looking at. So even though I had a good time, I learned very little.

  • G L Littleton

    - 14 January 2018 -

    It is an outstanding museum. It will be better when all exhibits have the international language on them. I spent 20 hours exploring this vast complex. The Russian "The Wanderers" exhibit was outstanding and I highly recommend it if you can catch it.

  • Daryl Sinclair

    - 18 December 2017 -

    If you have been in China for a long -period of time or are familiar with exhibitions of Chinese artifacts etc, I would not recommend this museum. It is very good but it is also nothing exceptional. For people who enjoy museums, especially traveling from Europe who may be familiar with these types of displays etc, there is nothing new to see here. I will say that the surrounding area is well worth walking around as you travel towards the people's square. Worth a visit but perhaps only go inside if there is something you are particularly interested in.

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