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  • Museum of Illusions

    • Address
      2/F, 168 Jiujiang Lu, near Jiangxi Zhong Lu
      九江路168号2楼,近江西中路
    • Phone
      6333 0883

    The 16th edition of the Croatian Museum of Illusions. The popular international attraction features puzzles, holograms and general optical trickery that will leave you well and truly bamboozled. Read more

  • Tank Shanghai

    • Address
      2350 Longteng Dadao, near Longyao Lu
      龙腾大道2350号, 近龙耀路
    • Phone
      6950 0005

    Tank Shanghai is the brainchild of Chinese collector Qiao Zhibing, opened in March 2019. The 60,000 square meter complex, the size of 11 American football fields, turns the former oil storage tanks for the Longhua Airport into galleries, bookstores, restaurants and... Read more

  • Columbia Circle

    • Address
      1262 Yan'an Xi Lu, near Panyu Lu
      延安西路1262号, 近番禺路
    • Phone
      -

    A historical compound that used to house, among other things, the old Navy Club, the Columbia Country Club--a popular hangout for Americans in the 20s and 40s--and a mansion built for Sun Ke, the son of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, by Hungarian architect Lazlo Hudec. After the... Read more

  • Palace IMAX Cinema (IAPM)

    • Address
      IAPM Mall, 6/F, 999 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu
      淮海中路999号6楼, 近陕西南路
    • Phone
      5109 3988

    As of 2016, this is one of the nicest and most futuristic places to see a movie in Shanghai. It's big: 6 halls and 1046 seats total. Facilities are great, with comfortable theater areas, and clean and comfortable 3D glasses. They've got RealD technology, if you're... Read more

  • Propaganda Poster Art Centre

    • Address
      B/F, Bldg 4, 868 Huashan Lu, near Fuxing Lu
      华山路868号4号楼, 近复兴西路
    • Phone
      6211 1845

    Located in the basement of a cluster of highrises on Huashan Lu, Propaganda Poster Art Center has a collection of hundreds of original posters from the Mao years as well as a gift shop selling Mao-era paraphernalia, original and copied propaganda posters, and various... Read more

  • Long Museum (West Bund)

    • Address
      3398 Longteng Avenue, near Fenglin Lu
      龙腾大道3398号, 近枫林路
    • Phone
      6422 7636

    Opened in 2014, the Long Museum West Bund is the second of Chinese billionaire collectors Liu Yiqian and Wang Wei's expanding empire. The architecture is stunning - right on the waterfront, it was designed by Liu Yichun of Atelier Deshaus. Inside is a veritable who's... Read more

  • Power Station of Art

    • Address
      200 Huayuangang Lu, near Miaojiang Lu
      花园港路200号, 近苗江路
    • Phone
      3110 8550

    The PSA is an impressive but cumbersome space, a huge building likened by curator Qui Zhijie to London’s Tate Modern. The PSA may have similar hardware to that legendary institution but it doesn’t have the software — the staffing, budgets, etc — to match.... Read more

  • M50 Art District

    • Address
      50 Moganshan Lu, near Changhua Lu
      莫干山路50号, 近昌化路
    • Phone
      n/a

    50 Moganshan Lu, better known as M50, is Shanghai's most famous "gallery district," home to over 50 gallery spaces in Shanghai, and offers a cross-section of emerging Shanghainese and Chinese artists, working in a wide range of styles and mediums. Great for a day's... Read more

  • HOW Art Museum

    • Address
      No. 1, Lane 2277 Zuchongzhi Lu, near Shengxia Lu
      祖冲之路2277弄1号, 近盛夏路
    • Phone
      5157 2277

    Established in 2017 and dubbed Shanghai’s first 'night museum,' for its later opening hours, HOW is a 7,000sqm, 3-story building, adjacent to a five-star art hotel. It also... Read more

  • Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

    • Address
      100 Renmin Da Dao, near Xizang Lu
      上海城市规划展示馆, 人民大道100号, 近西藏路
    • Phone
      6318 4477

    One of Shanghai's best and most visited museums, the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall at People's Square documents the changing face of Shanghai and is an essential vising point for those interested in the evolution of the city. A perfect scale model of the entire city... Read more

  • Modern Art Museum

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    • Address
      4777 Binjiang Da Dao, near Pudian Lu
      滨江大道4777号, 近浦电路
    • Phone
      6878 1390 / 6878 1339

    A former coal storage facility known as the Lao Bai Du Coal Warehouse (老白渡煤仓), it was transformed by Atelier Deshaus (who also did the West Bund’s Long Museum) into a museum. It has retained many of its original structures, like a long, elevated channel that runs... Read more

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai

    • Address
      People's Park, 231 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huangpi Bei Lu
      人民公园, 南京西路231号, 近黄陂北路
    • Phone
      6327 1282

    The best part of the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai (MOCA) is the prime location smack dab in a lovely green portion of People's Square. Sunlight and panoramic views pour in through the museum's floor to ceiling glass walls. International exhibitions are the... Read more

  • China Art Museum

    • Address
      161 Shangnan Lu, near Guozhan Lu
      上南路205号, 近国展路
    • Phone
      400 921 9021

    A vast art museum, housed in the former Chinese Expo pavilion over in Pudong. Works on display span modern and contemporary periods, and there's also a steady rotation of temporary exhibitions, including lots from abroad. Good to know: it's free to get in, but you... Read more

  • Shanghai Exhibition Centre

    • Address
      1000 Yan'an Lu, near Tongren Lu
      延安中路1000号, 近铜仁路
    • Phone
      2216 2216

    This gauche, sprawling palace on Nanjing Lu gifted by the Soviets to China in 1954 is tough to miss. Throughout the year it is the home to more than a dozen international exhibitions ranging from ShContemporary art show to the so-called "Millionaire's Fair." Read more

  • Natural History Museum

    • Address
      510 Beijing Xi Lu, near Chengdu Bei Lu
      北京西路510号, 近成都北路
    • Phone
      6262 0280

    This new location for Shanghai Natural History Museum opened in Spring 2015. Shiny and new, its exhibitions are well funded, curated, and researched. Features dino-bots and lots of taxidermy, live bugs and amphibians, fossils and skeletons. Maximum educational... Read more

  • YUZ Museum

    • Address
      35 Fenggu Lu, near Longteng Avenue
      丰谷路35号 近龙腾大道
    • Phone
      6210 5207

    Opened in May 2014, YUZ Museum Shanghai is the second major private institution to grace the city's West Bund area. This one is the brainchild of Chinese-Indonesian collector, Budi Tek and will host rotating exhibitions sourced from his own massive collection of... Read more

  • Powerlong Museum

    • Address
      3055 Caobao Lu, near Xinzhen Lu
      漕宝路3055号, 近新镇路
    • Phone
      6221 9111

    Powerlong is a real estate company and this museum is the show-and-tell space for its chairman, Xu Jiankang. Xu is a high-profile rich AF art collector and this is his non-profit space. The 23,000 square meter museum is anchored by a stunning minimalist ramp that... Read more

  • Shanghai Museum of Glass

    • Address
      Bldg 8, 685 Changjiang Xi Lu
      宝山区, 长江西路685号8号楼
    • Phone
      6618 1970

    Opened in Spring 2011, the Shanghai Museum of Glass is a welcome addition to the city's cultural scene. Housed in a renovated former factory, the beautifully displayed exhibits guide visitors through the history of glass, some of its lesser known applications and a... Read more

  • The Pottery Workshop

    • Address
      Bldg 1, Lane 180 Shaanxi Nan Lu, near Changle Lu
      陕西南路180弄1号甲, 近长乐路
    • Phone
      3368 5573

    The Pottery Workshop is a professional pottery studio, started in Hong Kong in 1985, with the Shanghai branch opening in 2002. They focus on ceramic art education for adults, though also children's classes. The equipment's imported from the US and Japan. The second... Read more

  • 1933

    • Address
      3F, 611 Liyang Lu, near Haining Lu (Adjacent to the Kowloon Hotel -- taxis know it as jiulong binguan)
      溧阳路611号, 近海宁路
    • Phone
      6501 1933

    1933 transforms an old art deco abattoir into a creative hub hosting restaurants, creative retail, design companies, artists, galleries and design and exhibition spaces across four heritage-listed building. Read more