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Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum, which was founded in 1952, is a museum of ancient Chinese art situated on the People's Square in the Huangpu District of Shanghai. The original place of Shanghai Museum was in the Former Shanghai Racecourse club house, and in 1959 it was moved into the former Zhonghui Building at 16 s. Henan Road. Finally in 1992, Shanghai Municipal government allocated a piece of land on People’s Square to the museum.

The exterior design of the round dome and the square base symbolizes the ancient idea of a round heaven and a square land, demonstrating the ancient wisdom and philosophy. The museum consists of 11 galleries and 3 exhibition halls, 11 galleries of which cover most of the major categories of Chinese art, such as: Ancient Bronze, Ancient Ceramics, Paintings, Calligraphy, Ancient Sculpture, Ancient Jade, Coins, Ming and Qing Furniture, Seals, and Minority Nationalities.

The over 400 pieces of exquisite bronze wares of Shang and Zhou dynasties cover the history of ancient Chinese bronze art and contribute to our understanding of the ancient civilization.

Over 500 pieces of the ancient ceramics collection is a special Shanghai Museum treasure, such as the painted and gray pottery from the Neolithic age, primitive celadon from the Shang, Zhou and Warring States, mature celadon from the East Han Dynasty, and the well known tri-colored glazed pottery from the Tang Dynasty, and some brilliant works from Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, the center of the industry during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.

Masterpieces from different periods and genres of Chinese paintings and calligraphy with profound traditions and unique national styles are exhibited here.

Buddhist sculptures are exhibited in the Gallery of Chinese Ancient Sculpture
Jade in ancient China was both decoration and the symbol of wealth and power, and was further personified to symbolize perfect morality. Ming and Qing dynasties are also the heyday of the Chinese furniture.

Chinese seals, which symbolizes the power of person or heaven, exhibits in the Gallery of Chinese Seals.

If you want to have an idea of the world earliest currency in China, the 7,000 pieces in the Gallery of Chinese Coins will fulfill your wish.

It’s true that Chinese culture is a result of the melding and collaboration of many nationalities. During its long history, minority nationalities have created their own colorful cultures with exotic styles of clothes, textiles, metal wares, sculptures, pottery, lacquer and bamboo wares etc.

As a Chinese saying goes, it is better to see for oneself than to hear many times, so if you want to know more of the traditional Chinese Cultures, Shanghai Museum will be a perfect place.

Admission Fee:
1. Free: issue 5,000 free tickets daily. Group tour needs a reservations two weeks in advance
Reservation Number: 021-63723500

2. Some special exhibitions held by Shanghai Museum charges about CNY 20 separately.
3. Opening Hours: 
9:00 to 17:00 (last entry at 16:00)
Recommended Time for a Visit: 1.5 hours

Subway Route:Take Subway Line 1, Line 2, Line 8 and get off at People's Square Station. Get out of the station from Exit 1 and walk south.

Bus Route:Take bus 46, 71, 112, 123, 145, 916, 925 or Tunnel Line 6 and get off at People's Square Station

Nearby Attraction of Shanghai Museum:

Shanghai Art Museum (Shanghai Art Gallery)
Located at 325 West Nanjing Road, Shanghai Art Museum is four stories high and includes one floor under street level. This building was built in 1956 with 1930’s style British design with the purpose of collecting art works, holding exhibitions, conducting extensive academic exchanges and popularizing esthetic education and promoting communication between China and the world. Moreover, it houses over 4,000 collections including a comprehensive photography exhibit.

Admission Fee: CNY 20
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 (No admission after 16:00)

Subway Route: Take Subway Line 1, Line 2 or Line 8 and get off at People's Square Station. The nearest subway exit to the art museum is Exit 11.

Bus Route: Take bus 17, 23, 37, 46, 49, 108, 109, 112, 123, Tunnel Line 3, Tunnel Line 4, Tunnel Line 5 or Tunnel Line 6 and get off at People's Square or West Nanjing Road Station