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Must-See Museums in Shanghai

Must-See Museums in Shanghai

Like many large cities, Shanghai has an extensive collection of museums that cover topics, ranging from art and culture to science and history. Here are some of the must-see museums in the city.

 

Shanghai Museum

Considered one of the finest museums in China, the Shanghai Museum exhibits more than 120,000 Chinese artifacts from the Neolithic period onward. Across 11 galleries, you can admire ancient bronze, ceramics, jade, paintings, calligraphy, sculptures, and furniture. Located at People’s Square, entry is free and new exhibits are added monthly.

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center

Also on People’s Square is the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. The museum documents Shanghai’s development from a small fishing village to the metropolis it is today—as well as its plans for the future—through photos, videos, models, and interactive displays. Don’t miss the huge scale model of the city on the third floor.

 

Propaganda Poster Art Center

A must-see for anyone interested in recent Chinese culture and history, the Propaganda Poster Art Center features a collection of more than 5,000 Chinese propaganda posters from 1949 to 1979. Still located in its original location in the basement of a Changning apartment, it was officially recognized as a museum in 2017. Prints and copies of Mao’s Little Red Book are available in the gift shop.

 

Shanghai Natural History Museum

Learn all about the natural world at the Shanghai Natural History Museum, located in Jing’an Sculpture Park in a futuristic building. You can easily spend most of the day at this comprehensive museum, which exhibits more than 10,000 artifacts from across all seven continents.

 

Rockbund Art Museum

Located at the north end of the Bund, the Rockbund Art Museum is one of Shanghai’s premier venues for modern art and regularly showcases groundbreaking work from some of China’s top contemporary artists. At the very least, stop by to admire the minimalist, Art Deco design of the building, formerly the Royal Asiatic Society building.

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Shanghai Propaganda and History Walking Tour

Shanghai Propaganda and History Walking Tour

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Learn about Chinese political history on this 3-hour walking tour in Shanghai, which includes a visit to the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center and to the former residence of Soong Ching Ling. Only on a guided tour will your hear the stories behind the propaganda and get a glimpse into everyday life during the early communist era. This tour also includes a walking segment in the classical French Concession.
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  • 3 hours
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4-Hour Private Shanghai Art and History Tour

4-Hour Private Shanghai Art and History Tour

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Step off the typical tourist trail, and discover some of Shanghai’s coolest artistic corners—this private tour makes it simple to explore. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, and meet your guide at your centrally located hotel. Venture first to M50—a former factory turned creative district—before exploring the vibrant Tianzifang neighborhood. You’ll also visit the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre to learn about another side of the city's 20th-century artistic legacy.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$85.00
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Price varies by group size
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