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Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan): Tours & Tickets

Open Now: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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201 Ren Min Da Dao, Shanghai, China
People’s Square
+86 21 6372 3500
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing collection of ancient bronzes - so glad they survived the Cultural Revolution. Ceramics collection also superb. Big surprise was the furniture collection on the top floor -so elegant in the early years and so ornate in the later ones. There’s a good cafe on...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I can start by saying I enjoyed the entire visit to the Shanghai Museum. Speaking or Non-Speaking visitors will have no problem enjoying and exploring the museum. I went by myself. I speak very little cannot read any characters but, still enjoyed it. When I...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Tracy F
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I loved the way this museum was laid out. A lot of great relics that tell the history of China but not so much you’re overwhelmed. I really liked the indigenous clothing exhibit.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Greg W
Reviewed 4 days ago

I enjoyed the costumes that the native wore. We saw some jade items. The museum offered lots of interesting items for us to look at. It was definitely worth our time there.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank SDASLTraveler
Reviewed 4 days ago

Physically beautiful and centrally located, this is a wonderful museum to learn about China and Chinese history. I especially loved the section on minority clothing and on furniture. There are many rooms to visit and it is well worth 2-3 hours

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank rogerjm
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Worth a visit. Museum shop has good range of both souvenirs and books. Good displays but gets quite busy has a cafeteria inside on 2nd floor. Has X-ray entry and also checked bag facility. Cigarette lighters have to be left out at security but you...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank RogerJ487
Reviewed 1 week ago

So many different cultures and geographical regions make up China so it was fascinating to see the display of the different types of clothing used across the country. The porcelain and furniture exhibits were also a highlight. You need a good 2-3 hours to see...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Llewellyn53
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nothing great. Building design is different. No use going inside unless one is an art lover. Mainly ceramics, pottery exhibits.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Thundering_Raiden
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

That’s the best there is to say about it - I would reckommend going there if you need to fill out time:)

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank RikkeFredberg
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No entrance fee but the queue is very long. The history of Shanghai is rather new compared to that of the old city like Beijing. However, the artifacts are beautiful.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Madeline V
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Response from cherylchin | Reviewed this property |
I emailed my Chinese tour guide Jonathan G. from Viking River and he said you can't bring the large suitcase in but they will hold it for you. Go to the back entrance facing the highway NOT the people's square entrance and... More
Madeline V
26 December 2018|
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Yes, the locker is available and free of charge
14 August 2018|
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Response from danrmj | Reviewed this property |
The items I saw are expensive but very nice...no cheap trinkets here.