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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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
      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

  • 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

  • Madame Tussaud's

    • Address
      10/F, New World Department Store,People's Square68 Nanjing Xi Lu,near Xizang Lu
    • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Children's Museum

    • Address
      61 Songyuan Lu, near Huangjin Cheng Dao
      宋园路61号, 近黄金城道
    • Phone
      6278 3130

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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

  • 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

  • Shanghai Film Park

    • Address
      4915 Beisong Gong Lu, near Yingcheng Lu
      北松公路4915号, 近影城路
    • Phone
      5760 1166

    The Shanghai Film Park, located in the Minhang District, is an amusement park that captures a piece of the First Golden Age of Chinese Cinema and faithfully recreates the streets of 1930s' Shanghai, such as Nanjing Xi Lu and Old-Town Shanghai. Tickets are priced at... 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

  • 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

  • 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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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