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Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) Tours

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Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)
Considered one of the finest museums in China, the Shanghai Museum has a vast collection of Chinese artifacts from the Neolithic period onward. The museum’s 11 state-of-the-art galleries display ancient bronze, jade, and ceramics; painting, calligraphy, and ancient sculptures; and Ming and Qing dynasty furniture.

The Basics
The collections of the Shanghai Museum are so extensive, visitors would do well to prioritize the sections of interest to them. One highlight is the impressive ancient bronze gallery, featuring the world’s largest collection of ancient Chinese bronze artifacts. Other top galleries include the ancient sculpture gallery, the painting gallery, and the jade gallery. 

Admission to the museum is free, but tickets are required; pick up a free ticket on the day of your visit. Many half-day and full-day Shanghai tours include a visit to the museum along with other city highlights such as Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, and Jade Buddha Temple. Some tours include a cruise on the Huangpu River.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Shanghai Museum is a must for those interested in Chinese history or art.
  • Audio guides in different languages are available for a fee.
  • Luggage can be stored at the museum with a security deposit.
  • The Shanghai Museum is fully wheelchair accessible, and wheelchairs are available to use free of charge.
  • There are two restaurants and a teahouse on-site.
 
How to Get There
The Shanghai Museum is located at 201 Renmin Avenue, People’s Square. To get there by public transit, take metro line 1, 2, or 8 to People’s Square Station (Exit 1) and walk south. Alternatively, take the City Sightseeing Bus, line 1 or 2, and get off at the museum.
 
When to Get There
With over 120,000 items, the museum has a lot to see, and visitors can easily spend half a day or more trying to cover it all. Arrive early to secure one of the 8,000 tickets issued daily and visit the galleries in order of your personal interest. Weekday visits are more peaceful, and the museum is closed Monday.
 
Shanghai Museum’s Unusual Design
The design of the museum is a visual representation of the Chinese concept of a round heaven and a square earth—a round structure on a square base, similar to the design of many ancient buildings. It also reflects the shape of an ancient bronze cooking pot known as a ding, many examples of which are on display in the ancient bronze gallery.


Address: People's Square, Shanghai, Shanghai Region, China
Admission: Free. Some special exhibitions may be ¥20
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144 Tours and Activities to Experience Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

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Shanghai Bus Tour Hop-on Hop-off Premium Ticket including City Top Attraction Admissions

Shanghai Bus Tour Hop-on Hop-off Premium Ticket including City Top Attraction Admissions

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Experience all of Shanghai’s historical highlights and impressive landmarks on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour. Sail past alluring attractions like the People’s Plaza, the Nanpu Bridge, The Bund and the Jade Buddha Temple on a distinctive double-decker bus, and disembark whenever you wish to explore further. Use your pass to discover three distinct routes, all of which visit must-see monuments sure to capture your attention.
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  • 2 days
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Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden

Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Shanghai on an enriching full-day excursion around the city. See all of the city’s spectacular sights with a knowledgeable guide as you tour a selection of historical highlights; absorb the sacred majesty of the Jade Buddha Temple; immerse yourself in the city’s rich heritage at the Shanghai Museum; and stroll amid the botanical beauty of the Yuyuan Garden. Walk along the Bund and the former French Concession and enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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$79.00
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Shanghai Half Day Morning or Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

Shanghai Half Day Morning or Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

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Enhance your experience of Shanghai regardless of time constrains on a morning or afternoon half-day sightseeing tour. See the best of Shanghai with a knowledgeable guide as you discover historical highlights like The Bund and the Jade Buddha Temple. Learn the complex process of pearl cultivation at the Fresh Water Pearl Gallery; absorb the antique charm of Shanghai Old Street; and delve into the city’s rich historical heritage at Shanghai Museum. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel is included on this tour.
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  • 4 hours
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9-Day Small Group Tour to Shanghai - Beijing - Xian - Shanghai

9-Day Small Group Tour to Shanghai - Beijing - Xian - Shanghai

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Burst through the language barrier and discover China’s three signature cities—Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian—in 5-star style with a guide. Soak up world-class wonders such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, the Summer Palace, Yuyuan Garden, and more, over eight nights’ comfortable travel by train, plane, and coach. A small group ensures minimum wait times and maximum personal service.
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Private Customized Tour: Shanghai in One Day

Private Customized Tour: Shanghai in One Day

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Shanghai by designing your own itinerary on this private, full-day tour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, customize your day according to your interests and see only the Shanghai sights that you wish to see. Choose to visit some of the city’s historical highlights; ask your guide to take you to the most popular shopping locations; or delve into the rich historical heritage of the area by visiting intriguing museums. However you wish to spend your time in Shanghai, the undivided attention of your guide is guaranteed on this private custom tour. 
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  • 8 hours
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Best of Shanghai Full Day Coach Tour

Best of Shanghai Full Day Coach Tour

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Enjoy Shanghai’s star attractions, including Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum, in one day on a comprehensive, guided tour.  As you travel from sight to sight, listen as your well-informed guide shares the secrets and history of the city. Admire the exquisite ponds and pagodas of ornamental Yu Garden; stroll along historical Old Street; and admire the views from the stately Bund waterfront. Visit the Shanghai Museum to witness its stunning Chinese art; and after a delicious lunch, explore the Jade Buddha Temple before sampling the restaurant-filled Xin Tian Di quarter.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Tour with Shanghai Museum, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Bund and More

Private Tour with Shanghai Museum, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Bund and More

Get a comprehensive tour of Shanghai without the hassle of touring in a large group. This private tour ensures a more personal experience of such attractions as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Bund Tunnel, and Shanghai Museum.
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  • 8 hours
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5-Day Private Tour to Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou by High Speed Train

5-Day Private Tour to Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou by High Speed Train

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See the best of Shanghai and Suzhou on a private 2-day tour with an informative guide and small-group of up to nine guests. Visit the Shanghai Museum, walk through the lovely Yu Gardens and Bazaar, take in colonial architecture along the Bund, shop along Nanjing Road, and enjoy a Huangpu River cruise. Then travel out to Suzhou and Tongli water town to see ancient streets lined with charming old buildings and explore the Classical Garden of Suzhou.
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  • 5 days
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12-Day Small Group China Tour from Shanghai, Beijing, Xian, Yangtze, Shanghai

12-Day Small Group China Tour from Shanghai, Beijing, Xian, Yangtze, Shanghai

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This action-packed tour of China is the ideal way to make the most of your time, and see many of China’s highlights. You’ll save hours researching where to visit and organizing transport and accommodation, as everything is sorted for you. Highlights include visiting Shanghai, Beijing (including Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall, and the Forbidden City), Xian, and a Yangtze River Cruise. By traveling with a guide, you won’t have to worry about encountering language obstacles.
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  • 12 days
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Shanghai Afternoon Group Tour with Jade Buddha Temple and Old French Concession

Shanghai Afternoon Group Tour with Jade Buddha Temple and Old French Concession

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See more of Shanghai in less time on an afternoon sightseeing tour, perfect for travelers with limited time. Eliminate the hassle of car hire and public transport as you travel between top Shanghai attractions—including the Jade Buddha Temple (Yufo Si), the Old French Concession, and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)—with ease. All entrance fees are included.
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  • 4 hours
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$53.00
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Full-Day Iconic Sights of Shanghai, Yu Garden, the Bund, Huang Pu River and More

Full-Day Iconic Sights of Shanghai, Yu Garden, the Bund, Huang Pu River and More

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New visitors to Shanghai can get acquainted with the city at an easygoing pace on this full day, small group tour. Save hours spent researching what to see and where by taking this tour, which visits some of the city’s many well-known attractions. Enjoy panoramic views from Oriental Pearl Tower; see a range of ancient Chinese artifacts and relics at the Shanghai Museum; stroll around The Bund and the picturesque Yu Garden. End your tour with a late-afternoon cruise along the Huangpu River.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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One Day Old Shanghai Private Tour

One Day Old Shanghai Private Tour

Shanghai is one of Asia’s most cutting-edge cities, but the waterfront arts hub is also packed with standout historical sites. Skip the skyscrapers and focus on centuries-old attractions, from Ming Dynasty gardens to local generations-old restaurants, during this history-themed guided visit to Old Shanghai. Tours include a stop at the Shanghai Museum, home to 12,000 rare cultural artifacts, round-trip hotel transfers, and a scenic stroll along the Bund.
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  • 8 hours
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Shanghai Shore Excursion: Private Full-Day City Sightseeing Tour Including Jade Buddha Temple

Shanghai Shore Excursion: Private Full-Day City Sightseeing Tour Including Jade Buddha Temple

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Get to know Shanghai, the buzzing metropolis famed as China’s biggest city, on this private full-day shore excursion and make the most of your time in port. Visit the magnificent Jade Buddha Temple, explore the Xin Tian Di entertainment district and tour Shanghai Museum. After a typical Chinese lunch (included), admire the traditional architecture along Shanghai Old Street, stroll around Yuyuan Garden and take in the city’s modern skyline from the Shanghai Waterfront. This tour includes port transfers and is covered by Viator’s worry-free policy, ensuring on-time return to your ship.
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  • 8 hours
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Shanghai Private Customized Day Tour

Shanghai Private Customized Day Tour

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Shanghai is an international metropolis with a rich history and diversified cultures.There are so much to see and to do.With our service,you can learn about this beautiful city the most out of your limited time .Whether you want to see all the popular highlights or get to know the authentic local lives ,we will make sure you have the best possible local experiences.We also provide multiple options for food tasting ,shopping and all kinds of museums and galleries visit .The itinerary is completely flexible ,you can fully enjoy the flexibility of customizing the itinerary to your own preference and you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions and explore this city at your own pace. Our guides are more than happy to help you if you’d like to visit other attractions as well. Tour available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Russian
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Shanghai day tour customized:Bund,YuGarden,Shanghai Tower,HuangpuRiver,Nanjinglu

Shanghai day tour customized:Bund,YuGarden,Shanghai Tower,HuangpuRiver,Nanjinglu

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This is your customized trip in Shanghai city center. The tour guide will provide many choice to you ,or you can tell us your intrests .The travel time is 8 hours,if overtime, it's 200yuan per hour.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Custom Tour: 1-Day Shanghai City Highlight Private Tour

Private Custom Tour: 1-Day Shanghai City Highlight Private Tour

Experience Shanghai’s top attractions on this all-day guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, learn about China’s largest city from a knowledgeable local guide and explore sites like the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai History Museum, and the Xintiandi pedestrian street. Customize the tour to suit your interests and capture memorable photographs along the way.
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  • 8 hours
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$176.00
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Group Day Tour Shanghai City Highlights With Lunch Inclusive

Group Day Tour Shanghai City Highlights With Lunch Inclusive

Have only a limited amount of time to explore Shanghai? This introductory, full-day tour offers a seamless overview of the city and its top sights. Set out in the morning following pickup from your local hotel, and travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. Step back in time when you visit Shanghai Old Street and the Yuyuan Garden; enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch; see the city’s vibrant Bund district; take in the atmospheric French Concession; browse the galleries at the Shanghai Museum; and more.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Shanghai Shore Excursion: Half-Day Private City Sightseeing Tour Including Jade Buddha Temple

Shanghai Shore Excursion: Half-Day Private City Sightseeing Tour Including Jade Buddha Temple

Make the most of your time in port in Shanghai with this private 4-hour sightseeing tour and take in some of the city’s headline acts. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you tour the Shanghai Museum, visit the Fresh Water Pearl Gallery and marvel over the Jade Buddha Temple, then stroll through the lively People’s Square. This tour includes port pick-up and is covered by Viator’s worry-free policy, ensuring on-time return to your ship.
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  • 4 hours
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$99.00
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Half-Day of Shanghai Museum, Xintiandi, Former Residences of Sun Yat-sen

Half-Day of Shanghai Museum, Xintiandi, Former Residences of Sun Yat-sen

Enrich your visit to Shanghai with personalized attention from your own private guide. During this fun-packed, educational combo tour, you’ll gawk at ancient treasures in the Shanghai Museum, take a stroll down the city’s most fashionable pedestrian street, and get a peek at the lavish mansion of Sun Yat-sen, modern China’s founding father.
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  • 4 hours
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shanghai tour one day city tour

shanghai tour one day city tour

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shanghai one day private tour 1-Day Classic & Modern Shanghai City Highlights Tour (Private) Attractions: Shanghai Museum,People Square, Old French Concession.The Bund, pearl center ,Shanghai old downtown, Yu Garden。
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$140.00
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Shanghai City Highlight Private Day Tour

Shanghai City Highlight Private Day Tour

Discover the heritage of the Ming Dynasty with this combination tour to the Dingling Mausoleum and the popular Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Avoid the hassle of organizing transport from your hotel and between the sites, and gain a deeper understanding of each site with the help of your English-speaking guide.
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  • 8 hours
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From Shanghai: Full-view City Highlights

From Shanghai: Full-view City Highlights

Spare yourself the hassle of itinerary planning and enjoy a classic introduction to Shanghai on a full-day guided door-to-door tour that’s tailor-made for first-time visitors. Soak up the old-time atmosphere of Shanghai Old Town, immerse in the international architecture of the Bund, and tour the Shanghai Museum. Besides lunch in a local restaurant, shop at Pearl City, see “shikumen” houses at Tianzifang, and explore the Old French Concession.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Shanghai Metro Tour

Shanghai Metro Tour

Private, informative,friendly and professional guide Traveling through subway will bring you a whole new travel experience Explore the local streets on a metro tour
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3 Days Shanghai Suzhou Tour Package with Airport Transfer

3 Days Shanghai Suzhou Tour Package with Airport Transfer

Explore modern Shanghai and the beautiful City Garden Suzhou on this 3 days layover tour with airport transfer, experience the rapid development of China by visiting Bund and second-highest in the world-Shanghai Tower. Enjoy UNESCO sites like Humble Administrator's Garden and top-rated Tiger Hill in Suzhou.
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  • 3 days
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$555.00
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