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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
      • 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

    • 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

    • Museum of Illusions

      • Address
        2/F, 168 Jiujiang Lu, near Jiangxi Zhong Lu
      • 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

    • 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 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 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

    • 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

    • Shanghai Postal Museum

      • Address
        250 Bei Suzhou Lu, near Sichuan Bei Lu
        北苏州路250, 近四川北路
      • Phone
        6393 6666 1280

      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

    • Shanghai Silk Museum

      • Address
        289 Aomen Lu, near Changhua Lu
        澳门路289号, 近昌化路
      • Phone
        6266 0978

      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

    • 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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    • 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

    • 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

    • Camera Museum

      • Address
        3/F, 300 Anfu Lu, near Wukang Lu
      • Phone
        5411 1152

      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

    • 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

    • 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

    • The Museum of Oriental Musical Instruments

      • Address
        No. 2, Lane 18 Gao'an Lu, near Hengshan Lu
        高安路18弄20号, 近衡山路
      • Phone
        5465 1834

      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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • Shanghai Tobacco Museum

      • Address
        728 Changyang Lu, near Tongbei Lu
        长阳路728号, 近通北路
      • Phone
        6166 5970

      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

    • Sihang Warehouse Battle Memorial

      • Address
        21 Guangfu Lu, near Xizang Bei Lu
        光复路21号, 近西藏北路
      • Phone
        6380 8222

      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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