Art Museums in Shanghai

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Art Museums in Shanghai

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  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada1,631 contributions
    We came to M50 on the weekend and it was not too busy. There are lots of exhibits you can walk in for free and see artists at work. The area also has many cafes and a few restaurants but none were overly appealing.
    Written 3 April 2021
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  • Karyn W
    Kansas City, MO1,485 contributions
    This museum is in a building built in 1905 originally as a home, and houses cultural relics. It has modern and contemporary pieces of art that exhibit the culture of Shanghai. There are three floors and pieces on display include paintings, jade, ivory, and wood carvings, needlework pieces and more.

    Some of the pieces were so intricate and gorgeous. Obviously a lot of time and love went into making them.

    There are some live art creation events that happen, with artists there working. Also a gift shop is available to make some purchases, though things seems rather expensive.

    The place isn't overly big, but we did see several pieces that were very impressive. I'd recommend checking it out.
    Written 27 March 2019
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  • TheMoment - 那一瞬間
    San Francisco, CA473 contributions
    When in Shanghai, this building is a must see. The outside wall will move and it is spectacular view. After that,you can walk to the bund.
    Written 31 December 2019
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  • Chris P
    Shanghai, China4,924 contributions
    I enjoyed my visit to the Power Station of Art. In particular, it was great seeing huge art pieces and using the space so well. I was privileged to go into the “chimney” for one of the exhibits. To be honest, there were not that many exhibits
    Written 16 June 2021
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  • David R
    Oakland, CA123 contributions
    The Long Museums are confusing as there are TWO, one on Pudong side and the other on the old Bund side of Shanghai, labelled “Xi’an”.

    There are world class special exhibitions and a very good, well-curated exhibition on Chinese realist art. The labeling has some English translation but help from a Chinese speaker is useful.

    But good heavens it expensive by Chinese standards — compared to typical admission fees of 40 CNY, Long Museum is 250 CNY more than $40 per person.
    Written 8 January 2019
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  • Fernando G
    Muscat, Masqat, Oman76 contributions
    Stuffs from some movies are in this museum. Is interesting and thematic. We enjoyed this visit. The place is located 30 minutes from the Daduhe metro station, which is the nearest station.
    Written 18 June 2016
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  • Steven K
    Changsha48 contributions
    Booked and paid for two tickets through WeChat for the first (10:30-12:30) slot on a weekday. Got there by taxi, and walked to the nearest metro station afterwards. There were a total of 6 other people in the queue, all wearing masks. Was sent two confirmation QR code tickets. I needed to have these electronic tickets scanned at the entry desk, and exchanged for electronic entry passes on my phone. Also needed to show valid green Shanghai health codes. Backpacks and water bottles had to go in a set of lockers.
    You wander freely around the rooms - every corridor and room is part of the display. The animations and lighting effects are exceptionally good, and many respond directly to your presence - in particular, the butterfly room. In this one, just by standing in the room you create butterflies that spawn directly at your location, swarm across the floor and up onto the walls, then they slowly migrate through all the other rooms and displays.
    Signage and information about the displays is available in Chinese and English. Scents are also used in some of the rooms, and backgound music plays through all the displays and rooms.
    The Crystal Room (mirrors and multicolour LEDs) is particularly impressive and immersive, although it can be a little disorientating until you get used to it, and you may need to be careful with small children to prevent them walking into the LED strips. There is a pathway leading through the room - looking at the edges of the mirror tiles on the floor helped us see where we were going.
    Written 19 November 2020
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  • Christopher B
    Pune, India1,145 contributions
    The Museum Of O just replaced the Louvre and the Picasso Museums in Paris! Shanghai, “You’ve Arrived!”
    Well, almost! The M of O is raising our hopes for Shanghai becoming the “Paris of the East,” next year, and soon Paris will be known as “ The Shanghai of the West!”
    Written 23 March 2019
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  • Mike X
    Chicago, IL1,876 contributions
    No exhibits when I visited. Make sure you check ahead of time. If you go, you can also walk south to see West bund art area
    Written 26 June 2019
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  • Heidi H
    New York City, NY155 contributions
    My sister-in-law took me here. I thought, why do you want to take me to a fabric store. Well, it was awesome. I love blue & white things. They have a nice display of how they make the fabrics. But don't expect a guided tour or much more than "you try on?" Still, I loved it. I bought a blouse, two pillow covers, and a tiny key chain rabbit. I wear the shirt all the time and absolutely love the pillow covers on my bed.

    Really great place if you are into old culture and heritage arts & crafts.
    Written 28 May 2017
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  • Zadigrim
    Everett, WA57 contributions
    I'd call this a must see of Shanghai if you like art. As far as I know, it's the only place where they allow graffiti and this is where you'll find the art galleries. I was very tempted to buy paintings more than a few times while I was there. There's a cafe nearby that had bacon pizza, grab a drink and wonder through the galleries.

    No need to bring money unless you want to buy something; it's free to browse.
    Written 5 December 2016
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  • Reslimpan
    Rayong, Thailand2,788 contributions
    Island6 is a collective artist run space located in M50 art district. It is a multi-cultural, multinational and multi-disciplinary group of artist making great, fun, provocative smartly done multimedia art with a focus on Asia. If you come to visit M50, this place is a must see.
    Written 11 August 2018
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  • Sam B
    South Carolina315 contributions
    Like all contemporary art, you will see exhibits here that don't interest you at all, and others that will stop you in your tracks and make you ponder. It's a small place and the exhibit I saw was Transmedia Art - a combination of art forms that you don't typically think of combined together. Some were delightful. One of the most memorable ones was a combination of Claude Debussy's "Fantasy" with traditional Chinese singing and dance. I watched and listened a long time. Another was a digital art piece made by TIAN Xiaolei - some of the imagery was a little disturbing (I could imagine in my science fiction way some of that actually happening) but beautifully rendered and highly provocative. Admission is RMB 50 but worth it. There's a small restaurant for food and beverage at the top. It's located in the People's Park on 321 W. Nanjing Road immediately adjacent to the former location of the Shanghai Art Museum. Go with a friend or a loved one so you can discuss what you see. Enjoy.
    Written 20 May 2017
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  • Becky Nao K
    Berlin, Germany158 contributions
    We had a guided tour by a docent who knew the history and techniques related to the items on display. She also spoke excellent English. The museum is on an international level. The collection has choice pieces.
    Written 20 January 2019
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