Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) Tours

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Considered one of the finest museums in China, the Shanghai Museum has a vast collection of Chinese artifacts from the Neolithic period onward. The museum’s 11 state-of-the-art galleries display ancient bronze, jade, and ceramics; painting, calligraphy, and ancient sculptures; and Ming and Qing dynasty furniture.

The Basics
The collections of the Shanghai Museum are so extensive, visitors would do well to prioritize the sections of interest to them. One highlight is the impressive ancient bronze gallery, featuring the world’s largest collection of ancient Chinese bronze artifacts. Other top galleries include the ancient sculpture gallery, the painting gallery, and the jade gallery. 

Admission to the museum is free, but tickets are required; pick up a free ticket on the day of your visit. Many half-day and full-day Shanghai tours include a visit to the museum along with other city highlights such as Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, and Jade Buddha Temple. Some tours include a cruise on the Huangpu River.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Shanghai Museum is a must for those interested in Chinese history or art.
  • Audio guides in different languages are available for a fee.
  • Luggage can be stored at the museum with a security deposit.
  • The Shanghai Museum is fully wheelchair accessible, and wheelchairs are available to use free of charge.
  • There are two restaurants and a teahouse on-site.
 
How to Get There
The Shanghai Museum is located at 201 Renmin Avenue, People’s Square. To get there by public transit, take metro line 1, 2, or 8 to People’s Square Station (Exit 1) and walk south. Alternatively, take the City Sightseeing Bus, line 1 or 2, and get off at the museum.
 
When to Get There
With over 120,000 items, the museum has a lot to see, and visitors can easily spend half a day or more trying to cover it all. Arrive early to secure one of the 8,000 tickets issued daily and visit the galleries in order of your personal interest. Weekday visits are more peaceful, and the museum is closed Monday.
 
Shanghai Museum’s Unusual Design
The design of the museum is a visual representation of the Chinese concept of a round heaven and a square earth—a round structure on a square base, similar to the design of many ancient buildings. It also reflects the shape of an ancient bronze cooking pot known as a ding, many examples of which are on display in the ancient bronze gallery.


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Address: People's Square, Shanghai, China
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Admission: Free. Some special exhibitions may be ¥20
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Best of Shanghai Day Tour, Including Jade Buddha Temple and The Bund

Enhance your sightseeing experience of Shanghai on an enriching full-day excursion around the city. See all of the city’s spectacular sights with a knowledgeable guide as you tour a selection of historical highlights; absorb the sacred majesty of the Jade Buddha Temple; immerse yourself in the city’s rich heritage at the Shanghai Museum; and stroll amid the botanical beauty of the Yuyuan Garden. Learn about the process of pearl cultivation in the Fresh Water Pearl Gallery and enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch on your enriching tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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9-Day Small Group Tour to Shanghai - Beijing - Xian - Shanghai

Burst through the language barrier and discover China’s three signature cities—Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian—in 5-star style with a guide. Soak up world-class wonders such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, the Summer Palace, Yuyuan Garden, and more, over eight nights’ comfortable travel by train, plane, and coach. A small group ensures minimum wait times and maximum personal service.
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12-Day Small Group Tour: Shanghai - Beijing - Xian - Yangtze Cruise - Shanghai

This action-packed tour of China is the ideal way to make the most of your time, and see many of China’s highlights. You’ll save hours researching where to visit and organizing transport and accommodation, as everything is sorted for you. Highlights include visiting Shanghai, Beijing (including Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall, and the Forbidden City), Xian, and a Yangtze River Cruise. By traveling with a guide, you won’t have to worry about encountering language obstacles.
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$2,193.00 USD
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Cultural Shanghai Day Tour: Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, the Old Town Bazaars and Huangpu River Cruise

Discover the history and culture of Shanghai on a full-day tour that ends with a Huangpu River cruise. In Yu Gardens, admire exquisite landscaping that dates to the Ming and Qing dynasties, then browse the shops in Old Town nearby and stop at the Shanghai Museum to view an extensive collection of Chinese artifacts. For lunch, explore the centuries–old Chenghuangmiao temple district and sample different dishes with recommendations from your guide. Your tour finishes with a cruise along the Huangpu River and walk along the Bund.
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Private Shanghai Day Tour Including the Bund Yu Garden Old Town Market and Shanghai Museum

Shanghai is largest and the most modern city in China. During the 1950s and 1960s, it became an industrial center, and it is a global financial center nowadays. You will find this city is with mixed of Western and Eastern architectures as well as the culture. This private customized day tour will take you to visit some major attractions in Shanghai, such as Bund, Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden and old town market. Professional English speaking guide will give you an overview about the city as well as its interesting history and stories. You will have a reliable private transfer service form your hotel to all different attractions.
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Shanghai Past and Future: Huangpu River Cruise and Shanghai Museum

See the iconic sights of Shanghai on a 5-hour city tour that starts with a Huangpu River cruise. Glide down the river for great views of the majestic colonial buildings along the Shanghai Bund. After the cruise, take a closer look at the Bund while strolling along its promenade. Your final destination, the Shanghai Museum, contains artifacts that date from the Neolithic Period to the present.
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10-Day Small Group Tour: Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai - Huangshan Yellow Mountain

Tour top attractions in Shanghai and Beijing with a professional guide on this 6-day China tour. Take in the Shanghai Museum, Yu Gardens and the Bund, then browse the shops on modern Nanjing Road and in historical Tianzifang. Hop the express train to Beijing on day three, then visit the Chinese capital’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Ming Tombs (Sacred Way) and Great Wall of China at Badaling. You’ll also see Tiananmen Square, silk and jade centers, and an electrifying kung fu performance.
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12-Day Small Group Tour: Shanghai - Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Shanghai

This 12-day small group tour covers fascinating natural and cultural attractions of Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai. You will have an unforgettable memory by visiting the most representative cities in China.
  • Duration: 12 days
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4-Day Small-Group China Tour: Shanghai and Suzhou

Have time to explore Shanghai and Suzhou on a 4-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Begin by sightseeing in Shanghai at the Shanghai Musuem and Yu Gardens, then continue to the Bund, Nanjing Road and Tianzifang. Spend a full day in Suzhou to enjoy the Classical Gardens of Suzhou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit two famous spots: the Garden of the Master of the Nets and Humble Administrator's Garden, and ascend Tiger Hill before returning to Shanghai for the final evening of your tour.
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5-Day Tour: Shanghai and Huangshan

Experience this 5-day small-group tour from Shanghai to Huangshan. Explore China's most dynamic and modern cities, that still hold various traditional elements. Take the time to also visit China's most popular mountain, Huangshan near Shanghai. The Chinese say that once you’ve ascended the peaks of Huangshan, you’ll never want to climb another mountain. And although they may not be China’s most sacred mountains, the Huangshan mountains are arguably the most beautiful and a must-see attraction if you’re anywhere close to the area. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990. Parts of the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” were filmed here. Since Huangshan is a top tourist attraction and popular travel destination in China, book ahead, especially on summer weekends.
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Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights

Discover old and modern Shanghai as you wish on a private 8-hour tour. With a personal guide, explore attractions like The Bund, Ming-Dynasty Yu Garden, and Jade Buddha Temple, and visit the observation deck of one of Shanghai’s highest skyscrapers. Customize your itinerary to suit your and opt to explore by private vehicle with lunch and select entrance fees included, or by private vehicle or public transit with lunch and entrance fees at own expense.
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Shanghai Bus Tour Hop-on Hop-off Premium Ticket including City Top Attraction Admissions

Experience all of Shanghai’s historical highlights and impressive landmarks on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour. Sail past alluring attractions like the People’s Plaza, the Nanpu Bridge, The Bund and the Jade Buddha Temple on a distinctive double-decker bus, and disembark whenever you wish to explore further. Use your pass to discover three distinct routes, all of which visit must-see monuments sure to capture your attention.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Flexible Private Shanghai Layover Tour

Don’t spend your Shanghai stopover inside the airport; maximize your time in China and opt for a private and customizable sightseeing tour instead. This personalized layover tour is tailored to your needs and allows you to tick off The Bund (Waitan), French Concession, and Yuyuan Garden in limited time. Airport or hotel pickup and drop-off are included for added convenience.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hrs
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4-Hour Private Customized Shanghai City Tour

Rather than struggling to plan your own itinerary, make the most of Shanghai on a private half-day tour. Available morning, afternoon, and night, it’s the perfect introduction for first-time China visitors. Just pick two or three attractions, perhaps the Bund, a Huangpu River cruise, a temple, a skyscraper, or a market, and design your dream day out. Entrance fees are at your own expense: upgrade to include a private car.
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Shanghai Half Day Morning or Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

Enhance your experience of Shanghai regardless of time constrains on a morning or afternoon half-day sightseeing tour. See the best of Shanghai with a knowledgeable guide as you discover historical highlights like The Bund and the Jade Buddha Temple. Learn the complex process of pearl cultivation at the Fresh Water Pearl Gallery; absorb the antique charm of Shanghai Old Street; and delve into the city’s rich historical heritage at Shanghai Museum. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel is included on this tour.
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Best of Shanghai Full Day Coach Tour: Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum

Enjoy Shanghai’s star attractions, including Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum, in one day on a comprehensive, guided tour.  As you travel from sight to sight, listen as your well-informed guide shares the secrets and history of the city. Admire the exquisite ponds and pagodas of ornamental Yu Garden; stroll along historical Old Street; and admire the views from the stately Bund waterfront. Visit the Shanghai Museum to witness its stunning Chinese art; and after a delicious lunch, explore the Jade Buddha Temple before sampling the restaurant-filled Xin Tian Di quarter.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Airport Layover Tour of Shanghai

Turn your long layover in Shanghai into a full tour of the city with this private 8-hour tour, which includes round-trip transportation from the airport. Visit top attractions like Yu Garden, Nanjing Road, and more alongside a guide with extensive knowledge about Shanghai; or, work with your guide to create a customized itinerary that suits your interests.
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$66.00 USD
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Private Amazing Shanghai City Day Tour in Your Way

Shanghai is China’s biggest city and with just a day to explore, a private tour will ensure you maximise your time. This full-day tour is tailor-made for you, so you could admire the views from the Shanghai Tower; visit Yuyuan Garden, the Jade Buddha temple, and Nanjing road; cruise down the Huangpu River from Riverside Promenade area, or take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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2-Day Private Tour of Shanghai and Suzhou

Take two days to explore Shanghai and Suzhou with a private guide, starting with a Shanghai sightseeing tour. Visit Shanghai Museum, the Bund, Yu Gardens and Bazaar, and the World Financial Center for different perspectives on Shanghai. Then travel by train to Suzhou, where you find the Classical Gardens of Suzhou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built from the 11th to 19th centuries. Visit two prized gardens, the Humble Administrator's Garden and Garden of the Master of the Nets, and stroll along Pingjiang Road before returning to Shanghai in the evening.
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Shanghai Afternoon Tour with Jade Buddha Temple and Old French Concession

See more of Shanghai in less time on an afternoon sightseeing tour, perfect for travelers with limited time. Eliminate the hassle of car hire and public transport as you travel between top Shanghai attractions—including the Jade Buddha Temple (Yufo Si), the Old French Concession, and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)—with ease. All entrance fees are included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private City Tour of Shanghai including Lunch

With so much to see and do, the best way to see Shanghai is undoubtedly on a private sightseeing tour. Ideal for travelers with limited time, this 9-hour excursion covers top Shanghai attractions such as the Jade Buddha Temple (Yufo Si), Yuyuan Garden, and the Bund (Waitan), and includes a Chinese lunch. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Shanghai City Highlights in One Day

Don’t let limited time in Shanghai stop you seeing the city’s highlights. Tick off more landmarks in less hours on a private full-day tour, a great introduction for first-time visitors. With just your guide and private party, you’ll visit Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), the city’s central shopping hub; The Bund (Waitan), replete with colonial European architecture;  and Yuyuan Garden, a serene respite from the bustling city. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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8-Day Eastern China Private Tour: Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Huangshan

Take in the highlights of eastern China with this epic 8-day tour, accompanied by a private guide and including accommodation, meals and transport. Cruise down the Grand Canal in Suzhou and soak up the scenery of Hangzhou as you visit the famous West Lake, the Six Harmonies Pagoda (Liuhe Pagoda) and the Longjing Tea Plantation. Then, journey back to ancient China in Huangshan, hike through the surrounding mountains and explore the UNESCO-listed Village Hong.
  • Duration: 8 days
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3-Night Shanghai Exploring Tour

Discover the highlights of Shanghai with a private guide during a three-night tour of the vibrant city. See modern and colonial buildings along Huangpu River and Shanghai Bund, ride a tram through the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, check out the Skywalk at Oriental Pearl Tower, and watch an acrobatics show. Stroll through Fuxing Park, visit the Shanghai Museum, explore the Old Quarter of Shanghai and nearby Yu Garden, and have time to browse for bargains in Tianzi Fang. Includes transfers from Shanghai International Airport (PVG) and optional upgrade for accommodation.
  • Duration: 4 days
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$430.23 USD
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