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Things Get Weird At The New Paradox Museum

The global museum franchise finally opened its first museum in Asia.
2024-04-19 12:00:00

Another interesting place has opened in downtown Shanghai, and you might feel familiar if you've visited the Museum of Illusions in Hongqiao before (It's closed now).

First opened in Greece in 2018 The Paradox Museum now has 15 experience centers in several major cities worldwide, such as Miami in the United States and Barcelona in Spain. The Shanghai Paradox Museum is the first museum in Asia.

The Shanghai branch incorporates the traditional Chinese Five Elements philosophy - "metal," "wood," "water," "fire," and "earth." The design team divided the 1300 square meter space into five distinct areas, each revolving around its corresponding element. It might take you one to two hours to experience all the installations and get some nice photos.

There are some fun exhibits that play on the senses. For example some intriguing light and shadow effects. At one installation, you can leave your shadow on a wall painted with photosensitive paint and take a photo with it.

Or become part of the background.

And even get turned upside down.

This spot is perfect for visitors of all ages, whether you're looking to snap some fun photos for WeChat or Instagram with friends. We recommend visiting in a group of at least three since some displays look best with two people in the frame and someone else behind the camera. If you can, swing by on a weekday when it's less crowded. Dive into the creativity of the place—you might capture some fantastic shots!

It's also a hit for family outings. With numerous hands-on installations, kids can really get involved and become part of the adventure. It's a wonderful chance for children to engage and let their imaginations soar.

Tickets & Prices:

Children between 1 and 1.4 meters tall are priced at 98rmb, student tickets are 128rmb. Regular single tickets are priced at 158rmb. With the upcoming May Day holiday, they are offering special discounts (valid until May 12th): Two adults and one child (1-1.4 meters tall) are priced at 298rmb, two adults and one child (1-1.4 meters tall) are priced at 198rmb, and two adult tickets are priced at 258rmb.

Tickets are available through SmartShanghai here (same price as other platforms)

Paradox Museum, B1/F, 688 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Sinan Lu. Full listing here.