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Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

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Address: 62 Changyang Road, Shanghai, China
Name/address in local language
Phone Number:
+86 21 6512 6669
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum contains the site of one of only two...

The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum contains the site of one of only two synagogues in Shanghai, the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, along with two exhibition halls. Volunteers offer informative tours of the museum.

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Private 2-Hour Walking Tour of Shanghai's Jewish Ghetto
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Half-Day Shanghai Jewish Cultural Tour
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2 Hours Walking Tour: Former Jewish Ghetto in North Bund Area

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The refugee museum was a fascinating visit that illustrated life by verbal testimonies & artefacts. The synagogue was beautiful.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Andrea Z
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The refugee museum was a fascinating visit that illustrated life by verbal testimonies & artefacts. The synagogue was beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very moving ! Very sad ! But interesting that this synagogue was saved for being part of the history of Shanghai ! Walking through what was the Jewish ghetto makes you realize that this area is vanishing and being replaced by the construction of skyscrapers !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had no idea how the people of Shanghai stood by the refugees trying to escape WWII. The story and information provided was fascinating. They do offer a tour in English which was very helpful. A well preserved picture of history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Of course it's sad to see and hear what happened to the Jews during world war2 but at the same time is was very educational.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

The original synagogue is well preserved, in an attractive building. The interior is quite bare, with simple pews and an Ark with a dark red curtain, and you can glimpse the Torah scroll inside. There is a wall with the names of all the refugees who lived in Shanghai, where I found the names of my great aunts Gerda and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

The topic is interesting, but the implantation is dull, not adding substantial new knowledge. Many vital issues are not touched at all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

We were staying at the Sunrise On the Bund Hotel, which was just 10 mins walk away from the Museum. After breakfast, we strolled there. Tickets were RMB20 each, and the gentleman selling the tickets spoke English. They have English speaking volunteer guides, so do ask for one. It is a very small museum but packed with information. The volunteer... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

What were the odds to find in Shanghai Jewish refugees from the Holocaust ? So far from Europe ? Actually 20,000 were saved from the gas chambers and the crematorium, right here, in this district of Shanghai. And it was thanks to 2 Righteous Among the Nations, one Chinese and one Japanese that despite their government orders delivered visas to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Well worth taking a couple of hours out to visit this wonderful small museum. The attitude of the local Chinese to Jewish refugees fleeing Europe is an inspiration as well as the manner in which these refugees adapted to a completely foreign place. Boosted our faith in humanity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

I found this place thru Trip Advisor. It is a good visit for a couple of hours with a nearby subway stop I did not know the story of European Jews who fled the Nazis and ended up in Shanghai For a Westerner it is interesting to read their comments about what was going on at the time as well... More 

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History oozes out of every fiber of the city, but Hongkou is a particularly notable neighborhood. Shanghai was a safe haven for about 20,000 Jews during the Second World War, and traces of this heritage can still be found in buildings and park monuments. Historic foreign relations aside, this neighborhood throws you into traditional Shanghainese life without taking you too far away from the city center. Some of the city’s best-preserved, ancient longtangs (laneway communities) and shikumen (Shanghainese lanehouses) are still in use as actual residences here. If you like to be surrounded by local faces, Hongkou is a great area to spend your time in. The football stadium, Duolun Lu and the North Bund area await should you need some entertainment.
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