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  • teamLab Borderless

    • Address
      Bldg. C-2, 100 Huayuan Gang Lu, near Bansongyuan Lu
      花园港路100号C-2号楼, 近半淞园路
    • Phone
      6323 2225

    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

  • Long Museum (West Bund)

    • Address
      3398 Longteng Avenue, near Fenglin Lu
      龙腾大道3398号, 近枫林路
    • Phone
      6422 7636

    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

  • 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 2600

    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

  • Shanghai 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

  • Propaganda Poster Art Centre

    • Address
      7/F, East Bldg, 726 Yan'an Xi Lu, near Jiangsu Lu
      延安西路726号东楼7层, 近江苏路
    • Phone
      139 0184 1246

    This is the new location for this slightly secretive museum. During December 2019, it moved out of its old basement and into this old-fashioned office building. Propaganda Poster Art Center has a collection of hundreds of original posters from the Mao years as well... Read more

  • M50 Art District

    • Address
      50 Moganshan Lu, near Changhua Lu
      莫干山路50号, 近昌化路
    • Phone
      n/a

    50 Moganshan Lu, better known as M50, is Shanghai's most famous "gallery district," home to over 50 gallery spaces in Shanghai, and offers a cross-section of emerging Shanghainese and Chinese artists, working in a wide range of styles and mediums. Great for a day's... Read more

  • Columbia Circle

    • Address
      1262 Yan'an Xi Lu, near Panyu Lu
      延安西路1262号, 近番禺路
    • Phone
      3258 8818

    A historical compound that used to house, among other things, the old Navy Club, the Columbia Country Club--a popular hangout for Americans in the 20s and 40s--and a mansion built for Sun Ke, the son of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, by Hungarian architect Lazlo Hudec. After the... Read more

  • Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum

    • Address
      2600 Longteng Dadao, near Longteng Lu
      龙腾大道2600号, 近龙腾路
    • Phone
      3101 1011

    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

  • Palace IMAX Cinema (IAPM)

    • Address
      IAPM Mall, 6/F, 999 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu
      淮海中路999号6楼, 近陕西南路
    • Phone
      5109 3988

    As of 2016, this is one of the nicest and most futuristic places to see a movie in Shanghai. It's big: 6 halls and 1046 seats total. Facilities are great, with comfortable theater areas, and clean and comfortable 3D glasses. They've got RealD technology, if you're... Read more

  • Art+ Shanghai Gallery

    • Address
      1/F, 191 Nan Suzhou Lu, near Sichuan Zhong Lu
      南苏州路191号一层, 近四川中路
    • Phone
      6333 7223

    Relocated to Nan Suzhou Lu in 2014, Art Plus Shanghai was founded by four partners back in October 2007. The gallery regularly hosts exhibitions showcasing both established and emerging contemporary artists from China and beyond. Read more

  • Ferguson Lane

    • Address
      376 Wukang Lu, near Tai'an Lu
      武康路376号, 近泰安路
    • Phone

    Ferguson lane is a cute complex comprised of restaurants, cafes, shops, and galleries, all set in a lovely outdoor setting. It's a good stop on an afternoon walk through the area and offers a nice escape weather in the form of coffee at Coffee Tree, cocktail at Le... Read more

  • West Bund Art Center

    • Address
      2555 Longteng Da Dao, near Fenggu Lu
      龙腾大道2555号, 近丰谷路
    • Phone
      5101 6677

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  • Power Station of Art

    • Address
      200 Huayuangang Lu, near Miaojiang Lu
      花园港路200号, 近苗江路
    • Phone
      3110 8550

    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

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai

    • Address
      People's Park, 231 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huangpi Bei Lu
      人民公园, 南京西路231号, 近黄陂北路
    • Phone
      6327 1282

    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

  • No. 1 Waitanyuan

    • Address
      No. 1 Waitanyuan, 33 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Nan Suzhou Lu
      中山东一路33号外滩源, 近南苏州路
    • Phone
      2327 2888

    Once the garden complex that housed the British Consulate, it's since been taken over by the Peninsula Hotel next door to serve as their high-end events space. 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

  • China Art Museum

    • Address
      161 Shangnan Lu, near Guozhan Lu
      上南路205号, 近国展路
    • Phone
      400 921 9021

    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

  • Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

    • Address
      100 Renmin Da Dao, near Xizang Zhong Lu
      人民大道100号, 近西藏中路
    • 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 visiting point for those interested in the evolution of the city. A perfect scale model of the entire... Read more

  • West Bund Museum

    • Address
      2600 Longteng Dadao, near Longlan Lu
      龙腾大道2600号, 近龙兰路
    • Phone
      3101 1011

    One of many art museums on the West Bund campus. 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

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