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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Opened in 2014, Ming Contemporary Art Museum (McAM) is located up north in Zhabei District. The vast, 15-meter height two-story building used to be a workshop in the Shanghai Paper Manufacturing Factory. It is now a non-profit institute, focuses mainly on... Read more
Located in the tough-to-get-to Hongkou district, the Duolun museum is the first state-owned hub dedicated solely to modern art. Spiral staircases wind through the seven-story Bauhaus structure that collaborates with Asian museums to bring in the occasional big name.... Read more
Mall or no mall, the chi K11 Art Center is an excellent institution. It’s only been around since summer 2013, but K11 has showed some fine and surprising shit, including an animated drummer Feng Mengbo created using a 1982 vector drawing console with a built-in... Read more
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
Big shiny museum inside a pretty park where you can sit on the grass, right next to Yan'an Xi Lu over by Yuyintang. A good option if you’re after a bit of art and sunshine somewhere reasonably central. Some background: before donating his own paintings and sizeable... Read more
This two-story, century-old historic mansion is the former site of the American Masonic Temple Association, built in 1932. It's been converted into an art museum, hosting regular lectures, forums and exhibitions. Opened to the public since July 2019. Read more
A sister site to Redtown's original Minsheng Art Museum, this one continues the bank-sponsored institution's remit: contemporary art from China and beyond. Opened in 2014, it's housed in the... Read more
Though not the most active of spaces in the city, the Shanghai Oil Painting and Sculpture Institute occasionally throws up one or two gems, particularly in terms of international collaborations. Best to call ahead to check what's on. Read more
Haipai Art Museum is more on the spectrum towards public art museum (think Shanghai Mass Art Center). It has a performance hall and some workshops areas, and the exhibition areas focus on Haipay style paintings. Lots of free art space for local kids and seniors.... Read more
Opened in 2018, this museum is housed on the 6th floor of Jardine Matheson Building on the bund, a six-story listed national heritage site that has been standing for almost a century. Exhibitions hosted here usually revolve around the historical changes of the bund... Read more
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