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  • teamLab Borderless Shanghai

    • Address
      Bldg. C-2, 100 Huayuan Gang Lu, near Bansongyuan Lu
      花园港路100号C-2号楼, 近半淞园路
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    A futuristic wonderland of a museum, by Japanese digital art collective teamLab. Inside, it's a fantasy world spread across many rooms, with endlessly changing and interactive projections creating a disorienting trip akin to that bit in 2001: A Space Odyssey where... 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

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

  • Propaganda Poster Art Centre

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      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

  • 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

  • M50 Art District

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      50 Moganshan Lu, near Changhua Lu
      莫干山路50号, 近昌化路
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    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Modern Art Museum

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      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

  • West Bund Art Center

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      2555 Longteng Da Dao, near Fenggu Lu
      龙腾大道2555号, 近丰谷路
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  • China Art Museum

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      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

  • Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

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      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

  • 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

  • Fosun Foundation

    • Address
      600 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, near Dongmen Lu
      中山东二路600号, 近东门路
    • Phone
      630 55119

    Non-profit organization founded by Fosun Group and Fosun Foundation. The Art Center is co-designed by British design firm Foster + Partners and creative director Heatherwick Studio. The building features three layers of moving veils in appearance. The Art Center... 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

  • 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 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

  • Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum

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      2600 Longteng Dadao, near Longteng Lu
      龙腾大道2600号, 近龙腾路
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    Until 2025, Centre Pompidou is collaborating with the West Bund Group to establish the most significant artistic exchange between France and China to date. The exterior of the building, designed by David Chipperfield, is nothing compared to its Parisian original, but... Read more

  • Jiushi International Art Center

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      1 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Yan'an Dong Lu
      中山东一路1号, 近延安东路
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    An addition to the cluster of art museums on the Bund brought to you by Shanghai Jiushi Group with more than 10 historic Bund buildings under its name. Not to be mistaken for the Read more

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