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
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
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
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 (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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Shanghai Post Museum is an interesting jaunt into the obscure past of the postal service in China. It's free to the public and there is a beautiful rooftop garden where you used to be able to sit out and get a great view of the Bund. Unfortunately, it is no... Read more
This shop/museum is a popular quick stop for visiting shopaholics looking for a tutorial on China's favorite fabric: silk. Watch as it goes from cocoon to duvet and then buy away. Read more
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
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
Tucked above Anfu Lu's western edge is a little museum dedicated to the history of cameras in China, stocking camera models dating back to 1920 (and some before). Special focus is Seagull, China's oldest camera manufacturer, but they've also got more familiar names... Read more
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
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
A small museum founded by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, located in a little garden villa off Gao'an Lu. They've collected about 500 instruments and curated them into four exhibition areas; ancient Chinese instruments, Chinese minority folk instruments, modern... Read more
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
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
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
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
Yes, Shanghai has a tobacco museum, celebrating the glorious achievements of China's homegrown cancer industry. It is dark, dingy, open only three days a week, a little weird and they might require you to show your passport. Marvel at collections of historic... Read more
Museum commemorating a defensive action of Zhabei against the Japanese during the Second Sino-Japanese War (precursor to World War II). Chiang Kai-shek chose this location for a symbolic stand because it was near the British Concession directly across Suzhou Creek,... Read more
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Miniature World is a miniature theme park exhibition tucked inside Sinar Mas Plaza in Hongkong District. It was unveiled in early 2019 as China’s first animated miniature museum. Comprising no less than 1,000 sqm, the indoor miniature model display recreates... Read more...
Sad news for huangniu : the Shanghai Natural History Museum and the Shanghai Science & Technology Museum have jumped on the real-name bandwagon. As of last week, both museums have started... Read more...
Contemporary art shows in Shanghai are kind of pricey these days, aren't they? Good news is a handful of organizations including iwen1, Qingnian Bao (The Youth newspaper), and the newly established Museums Association of Shanghai have joined forces to launch an annual museum pass. For 299rmb, the museum pass can be used at 52 museums, 36 art museums, and 13 attractions in Shanghai... Read more...
The theme of this year's International Museum Day (May 18) is "Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition". What does it mean? Well, for the little people, it means free or half-priced exhibitions at 126 museums in Shanghai on both May 18 and 19. Plus over two hundred special activities. Click... Read more...
Minhang is far. But two new museums, in addition to the contemporary Powerlong Museum , are helping to make the district a cultural destination: the Minhang Museum and the Haipai Art Museum. And they are both freeeeeeeee. Get out of the downtown bubble and consume some culture! Read more...
In solemn observance of International Museum Day, scores of Shanghai museums are waiving the entry fee to their wondrous and edifying exhibitions. 105 museums in total are free entry, with the majority of that number maintaining that offer into the weekend. The city's heavy hitters, the
SmSh heads to Yan'an Xi Lu to tour a museum dedicated to Chinese Czech businessman Lu Hanbin's obsession: the typewriter. Read more...
Coming in from our sister site CreativeHunt , yet another new museum just opened in Shanghai. The Shanghai Center of Photography (SCoP) sits on the West Bund, near the
Hey there's an international day for everything now. Monday is museum day. YUZ Museum is still free today , with Gooooose from Duck Fight Goose playing a live set there from 7-9pm. Think dude is competing with Rocky Ross for most gigs in 2015.
So, a couple places are half off all-day today. That includes the
To make your life easier, here's the ten best, most active art venues in the city. And seventeen others. Pics, crucial info, and knowledge inside... Read more...