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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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
      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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum

    • Address
      79 Fenyang Lu, near Taiyuan Lu
      汾阳路79号, 近太原路
    • Phone
      6437 0509

    Live craft demonstrations make this museum a popular choice for tourists with children. Watch traditional jade carving, lantern making, paper cutting and embroidery. There is an overpriced gift shop on the ground floor for visitors convenience. 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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  • Madame Tussaud's

    • Address
      10/F, New World Department Store, People's Square 68 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xizang Lu
      南京西路2-68号, 新世界商厦10楼, 近西藏路
    • Phone
      6358 7878

    Located on the tenth floor of the New World Building, Madame Tussauds allows visitors to mingle with the rich, famous and (sometimes) deceased. Aside from taking your picture onstage with Michael Jackson you can also walk through Madame's maze of horror. This... 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

  • Jackie Chan Museum

    • Address
      78 Yunling Dong Lu, near Daduhe Lu
      云岭东路78号, 近大渡河路
    • Phone
      6040 3232

    An odd, odd place, is it what it is. Tons of props, make-up, costumes, bits from famous sets, and all around just a cornucopia of Jackie Chan memorabilia. It's like taking a trip to a garage sale held deep in the recesses of Jackie Chan's fractured subconscious.... Read more

  • Shanghai Himalayas Museum

    • Address
      3-4/F, Zone A, 869 Yinghua Lu, near Fangdian Lu
      樱花路869号A区3-4楼, 近芳甸路
    • Phone
      5033 9801

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  • 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

  • 3D Fantastic Images House

    • Address
      B2/F, 531 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, near Longtan Lu
      中山东二路531号B2楼, 近龙潭路
    • Phone
      400 080 8429

    Just a place in the mall with around 40 weird, interactive backdrops for photos. This is a great place to go for a date, or if you just need a new avatar for Facebook or whatever. As of October, 2015, they also had an Oculus Rift VR helmet set up with a roller... 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