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  • 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

  • Shanghai History Museum

    • Address
      325 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu
      南京西路325号, 近黄陂南路
    • Phone
      6323 2504

    Built in 1934 as the Shanghai Race Club and known for its iconic bell tower, the most recent two-year renovation of this space gave us one of Shanghai's best museums. It sports 9,800-square-meters (that's 2.42 acres) of exhibition area, with around 1,100 artifacts on... 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

  • Shanghai Auto Museum

    • Address
      7565 Boyuan Lu, Anting Town, Shanghai
      博园路7565号,嘉定区
    • Phone
      6955 0055

    Some space age-looking building in bumblefuck nowhere that looks like like it was designed by Mega Man. Surprisingly well done. Even if you don't know anything or care anything about cars. Five floors and five exhibition spaces: the History Pavilion traces the... Read more

  • Lu Hanbin Typewriter Museum

    • Address
      7F, 719 Yan'an Xi Lu, near Jiangsu Lu
      延安西路719号7楼, 近江苏路
    • Phone
      6466 4556

    Lu Hanbin typewriter museum (陆汉斌打字机博物馆) is a small, nice and quiet museum / cafe dedicated to antique typewriters. The venue is owned by Czech-based Chinese businessman Lu Hanbin, which opened in 2010 then relocated to this address in 2014. The museum collected... 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

  • Propaganda Poster Art Centre

    • Address
      7/F, East Bldg, 726 Yan'an Xi Lu, near Jiangsu Lu
      延安西路726号东楼7层, 近江苏路
    • Phone
      139 0184 1246

    This is the new location for this slightly secretive museum. During December 2019, it moved out of its old basement and into this old-fashioned office building. Propaganda Poster Art Center has a collection of hundreds of original posters from the Mao years as well... Read more

  • Science & Technology Museum

    • Address
      2000 Century Avenue, near Jinxiu Lu
      世纪大道2000号, 近锦绣路
    • Phone
      6862 2000

    This is Shanghai's main science museum and it's a good day out, especially if you have kids. It's split into two wings, one of which is full of slightly moth-eaten stuffed animals, the other with interactive exhibits about computing, robotics, cells, space travel and... Read more

  • Shanghai Museum

    • Address
      201 Renmin Da Dao, near Huangpi Bei Lu
      上海博物馆, 人民大道201号, 近黄陂北路
    • Phone
      6372 3500

    The top of the Shanghai Museum is shaped like an ancient Chinese cooking pot, so it should be tough to miss. Eleven galleries spread over four floors offer an artistic historical tour of the Middle Kingdom dating from as far back as 20 centuries B.C.E. Jade, Ming and... 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

  • Shanghai Film Museum

    • Address
      595 Caoxi Bei Lu, near Puhuitang Lu
      漕溪北路595号, 近蒲汇塘路
    • Phone
      6426 8666

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  • Shanghai Railway Museum

    • Address
      200 Tianmu Dong Lu, near Baoshan Lu
      天目东路200号, 近宝山路
    • Phone
      5122 1987

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  • Former Residence of Mao Zedong

    • Address
      No. 5-9, Lane 120 Maoming Bei Lu, near Weihai Lu
      茂名北路120弄5-9号, 近威海路
    • Phone
      6272 3656

    This traditional two-floor house was Mao's residence when he was working in Shanghai in 1924 as CPC's Central Committee’s Organization Department Minister. Built in 1915, It’s a beautifully restored shikumen building just off Maoming Bei Lu. Mao stayed here for just... Read more

  • Jewish Refugee Museum

    • Address
      62 Changyang Lu, near Zhoushan Lu
      长阳路62号, 近舟山路
    • Phone
      6541 5008

    There's not loads to see in this former synagogue, but if you're interested in the lives of the 30,000 Jewish refugees who settled in Shanghai before and during the Second World War, this is the place to go. There are two permanent exhibits with artifacts from the... Read more

  • Shikumen Open House Museum

    • Address
      Lane 181, Taicang Lu, near Madang Lu
      太仓路181弄, 近马当路
    • Phone
      3307 0337

    This is a tiny little place in Xintiandi which aims to capture what life was like 100 years ago in a traditional Shikumen house. There are about five rooms decked out with antiques and period furniture and they do give you some idea what life was like for those who... Read more

  • Shanghai Public Security Museum

    • Address
      2-4/F, 518 Ruijin Nan Lu, near Xietu Lu
      瑞金南路518号2-4层, 近斜土路
    • Phone
      6472 0256

    This rather menacing place plots the history of that most beloved Shanghai institution, the local security machine. The focus is on the police department but there's some spy stuff to be found too. Most of the signage is in Chinese, but head to the third floor where... Read more

  • Great World (Da Shi Jie)

    • Address
      1 Xizang Nan Lu, near Yan'an Dong Lu
      西藏南路1号, 近延安东路
    • Phone

    Four floors of ICH -- intangible cultural heritage scattered around the venue. Showcasing historical objects from not just Shanghai, but around China. It also has a big stage in the center, a few stages/ theaters on each floor. Events such as traditional opera,... Read more

  • Aurora Museum

    • Address
      Aurora Building, 99 Fucheng Lu, near Dongchang Lu
      富城路99号震旦大厦, 近东昌路
    • Phone
      5840 8899

    A modern, sleek-looking 6-story museum on the Pudong banks of the Huangpu, housing Chinese artifacts. Opened in 2013, the museum's well-regraded for its collection of jade, porcelain, and sculptures dating from throughout China's history. Ticket prices are 60rmb... Read more

  • Minhang Museum

    • Address
      1538 Xinzhen Lu, near Xinlong Lu
      新镇路1538号, 近新龙路
    • Phone

    The original Minhang Museum was opened in 2002 and closed in 2011. Its new location currently has one permanent display of traditional Chinese musical instruments and a temporary exhibition area. Multimedia interactions installations, as well as English translations,... Read more

  • China Maritime Museum

    • Address
      197 Shengang Dadao, near Huanhuxi Er Lu
      申港大道197号, 近环湖西二路
    • Phone
      3828 7777

    Large, impressive looking museum located in the (largely abandoned ghost town) on Dishui Lake. It charts China's maritime history, from the earliest sampans to the latest cargo liners. The central atrium houses an entire junk (a type of multi-purpose sailing ship... Read more

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