History Museums in Shanghai

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History Museums in Shanghai

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  • Doug C
    Shenzhen, China291 contributions
    First off, the place is difficult to find. Go to 726 builidng,and enter the entrance under the arch thing between the two banks. Turn right, and take the elevator to the 7th floor.

    The museum is quite small, but we'll stocked. There are a couple of hundred posters perhaps to look at.

    But, if you are a history nerd like myself, the gift shop is the star of the show. Original posters from the 60s... Original copies of the little red book in various languages, busts of Mao, old maps, old textbooks, old magazines... This place is a treasure trove, and will satisfy history buffs from a tiny budget of ¥150 for three copies of posters, to over ¥6k for rare originals, and everything in between.
    Written 3 October 2021
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  • venkatrao t
    Washington DC, DC22 contributions
    Best Shanghai development center by the city, Shanghai History, growth over the years, infrastructure plans, and water and sewer processing and reclamation. Air quality and controls.
    Written 16 February 2020
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  • Narsfweasels
    Shanghai, China163 contributions
    A great free museum in the centre of the city, if you're a history afficionado you can expect to learn a great deal about the long history of the city.

    However, the needless lionisation and politicisation of the top half of the fourth floor in a dedicated sop to the Party is a needless and boring distraction from the real history of one of Asia's greatest cities.
    Written 29 June 2021
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  • JillShanghai
    Shanghai, China1 contribution
    A nice museum about the history of Shanghai. Not many old things to see there, but different scenes of Old Shanghai. Still a nice visit with kids :)
    Written 22 March 2021
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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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  • Tomeloulin
    Qianjiang, China148 contributions
    Like the title said, this is a private apartment, but also a famous apartment too.
    The private is, this apartment was builted in 1930s, and always kept it original appearance like what it used to be - a private apartment.
    The famous is, a Chinese writer Eileen Chang Reyher ever lived there.
    I came in there was just for a memorial things, for a writer- Eileen Chang Reyher.
    I feel glad- because the apartment is still here. I hope the old Shanghai's history can be keep and going on.
    Written 2 October 2016
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  • Andrew M
    7,160 contributions
    We tried to visit this museum a few years ago, and were disappointed when it was closed due to improvements for the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 .We took the subway Line 3 (Yellow Line) to Youyi Road, and then took a taxi to the museum. The museum is difficult to find, so it may be best to take a taxi from the subway station.There were a few exhibits in the park outside the museum, including peace doves, peace bell, memorial park and a few sculptures. It may be best to visit the external displays firstly before going into the museum.

    The museum has free entry, but tickets are required from the ticket office. Remember to take passports as identification will be requested. There are quite a few halls dedicated to varying themes, but the central theme is the battle of Shanghai. The Baoshan area saw the heaviest fighting, and we had visited the nearby martyrs memorial on our previous visit.This was the first real stand by the Chinese against the Japanese, and it resulted in an estimated 300,000 casualties for the Chinese and an estimated 40,000 for the Japanese. This statistic shows the great loss of life on the Chinese side, which was a feature of the war against Japan. The Japanese marched onto Nanjing after the Shanghai Battle.

    The museum also has exhibits on the atrocities carried out by the Japanese, including mass graves, massacres, biological weapons and the use of Chinese women for comfort. The themes in the museum are repeated throughout other military museums in China.The exhibits were well presented, but there was not as much english translation as was expected.We were disappointed at not being able to use the elevator in the Pagoda, as in the old museum the view of the battlefield areas from the tower was one of the main parts of the tour. I hope that the Pagoda section will be reopened soon.
    Written 19 August 2018
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  • ererap
    Seattle, WA32 contributions
    No.55-1 Puhuitang Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai
    Getting there: Subway Line # 11, station Shanghai Indoor Stadium / Xujiahui
    Tushanwan / Tousewe museum (I am not sure which is the definite spelling) was an orphanage established in 1864 by Jesuits. They trained the orphans there western art, including painting, sculpturing, print, and press. According to the museum’s info, this became the “cradle of western artists in China”; it educated “generations of well-known artists in China”; it is the “source of modern art in China as well as of its arts and crafts, pioneering many breakthroughs in the history of Chinese crafts”. It also states that while printing was one of the great inventions of China in 1867, Tousewe Press introduced new press technologies throughout its existence and was the pioneer of modern printing in China and was one of the most important publication outlets in China.
    Introducing and training the Chinese in western art, the Jesuits also incorporated some Chinese art and the combination of Chinese-Western art is the focus of the current Tushanwan / Tousewe museum.
    The museum is located in a lovely building and we found the exhibition to be very interesting.
    Written 14 April 2014
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  • Jo-Ann
    Washington15,418 contributions
    It is a unique park. The highlight of this park would be the culture museum which is about 6 meters under the lake! It was super crowded but still manage to enjoy the park. There are a lot of empty buildings too which is a waste. I hope they’ll turn them into cafes or hotels.
    Written 8 October 2021
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  • sureshbabu2017
    Shanghai, China97 contributions
    The excavation is about a Water Gate built during the Yuan period, an example of ancient chinese civil engineering for water conservation project. As the foreword at the entrance mentions this excavation was one of the top ten new archaeological discoveries in China during the year 2006. Take Metro Line 7 and get down at Xincun station to reach this museum. The admission is free. Inside, the functioning of the water gate is well explained by models. The light animation projection displays the construction techniques used for building the water gate.
    Written 16 March 2018
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  • generaltripreviews
    Vancouver, Canada29 contributions
    The Central Committee of the CCP met in this workers district of Shanghai after the 3rd Congress had moved the headquarters to Guangzhou to be closer to the Guomindang. Soviet foreign policy, becoming more conservative under the growing influence of Stalin, sought to build up the GMD at the expense of the CCP's independent leadership of the working class. The fourth congress was in fact held in Shanghai and the CCP gained leadership of the working class movement by 1925, but did not free itself from the control of the GMD, who massacred the CCP and its working class supporters in 1927. The Zhabei Revolutionary History Exhibition Hall shows some of the resistance to the suicidal path imposed upon the CCP. Each exhibit was also hosted by a high school student who gave a presentation of the history.
    Written 17 July 2018
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  • interceptpubs
    Columbus, IN1,007 contributions
    This small free museum on the campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University provides a nice introduction to Chinese maritime history and an in-depth look at the career and shipping empire built by C. Y. Tung in the 20th century. The first floor gallery covers the general maritime history while the second floor covers C. Y. Tung and the growth of his Orient Overseas Line (today Orient Overseas Container Line). While it doesn't approach the scale of the much larger China Maritime Museum on the outskirts of the city, it is much more readily accessible physically and can be easily toured in only a half hour or so.

    Finding the museum is still a bit of a chore - indeed we tried finding it on our last visit a few years ago and failed, but fortunately better information is available today on the internet and easy to follow walking instructions can be readily found to get to the museum building from the Jiaotong University metro station (line 10).
    Written 6 November 2017
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