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  • Address: People's Square
  • Hours: Open daily 9am - 5pm
  • Admission: Free. Some special exhibitions may be ¥20

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Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

The first thing to note about the Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) is its unusual design. The building, constructed in the 1990s, is supposed to resemble an ancient type of bronze cooking pot called a ding. It's a reference to the objects on display in the museum's five stories of rooms.

The museum's structure - a round building on a square base - also holds echoes of China's history. Ancient buildings in China were constructed like this because of the belief that heaven was round and the earth square.

The collection, although sensitively ordered, is so large as to be somewhat overwhelming. Pick and choose your areas, or you may run out of steam. Definitely take in some of the ceramics, through which you can trace China's history from the Neolithic Age onwards. There are also furniture, calligraphy, religious sculptures and jade to enjoy.

Practical Info

The Shanghai Museum is situated on the People's Square, in the Huangpu district. You can catch Lines 1 or 2 of the subway to People's Square station.

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Best of Shanghai Day Tour including Jade Buddha Temple and The Bund, Shanghai, null
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Best of Shanghai Day Tour including Jade Buddha Temple and The Bund

4 star rating: Recommended 223 Reviews

See all the main sites of Shanghai, 'Paris of the Orient'. Your fully guided coach tour includes lunch as well as entry into the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.99
Shanghai Half Day Morning or Afternoon Sightseeing Tour, Shanghai, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Shanghai Half Day Morning or Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 67 Reviews

Got only half a day to explore Shanghai? Discover the 'must-see' sights such as Jade Buddha Temple, Fresh Water Pearl Gallery and Shanghai Museum on the ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.99
Private Custom Tour: Shanghai in One Day, Shanghai, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Private Custom Tour: Shanghai in One Day

4 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

During your time in Shanghai, design your own itinerary to experience all of Shanghai, according to your own interests. Your local guide will take you to all ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $19.99
Shanghai Past and Future: Huangpu River Cruise, The Bund, Urban Planning Exhibition Hall and ... 
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Shanghai Past and Future: Huangpu River Cruise, The Bund, Urban Planning Exhibition Hall and Shanghai Museum

Today’s city tour will take you by bus, foot, and boat. You will visit Shanghai’s most famous boulevard in Shanghai from the Huangpu river, and experience the ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $159.00
5-Day Premium Small-Group Tour from Xi'an to Shanghai, Xian, City Tours
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5-Day Premium Small-Group Tour from Xi'an to Shanghai

This short yet impressive route focuses on the history of Xi'an and the modernity of Shanghai. You will explore the archeological treasure Terracotta Warriors ...  Read more

Location: Xi'an, China
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $569.00
2-Night Shanghai and Hangzhou Private Tour, Shanghai, Multi-day Tours
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2-Night Shanghai and Hangzhou Private Tour

See the charming sights of Shanghai and Hangzhou on a 2-night tour with a private guide. Enjoy round-trip travel by bullet train from Shanghai to Hangzhou, ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 2 Nights

From USD $364.00
Private Tour in Shanghai: Shanghai Museum and Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, Shanghai, ... 
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Private Tour in Shanghai: Shanghai Museum and Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center

Pickup from your hotel and discover more than 5,000 years of Chinese history at the Shanghai Museum. One of Shanghai’s top attractions, this huge complex at ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.50
3-Night Shanghai Exploring Tour, Shanghai, Private Sightseeing Tours
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3-Night Shanghai Exploring Tour

Explore the international metropolitan city of Shanghai, experience the contrast of Old and New China, get amazed by the under river tram ride and Skywalk at ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $450.54
Cultural Shanghai Day Tour: Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, the Old Town Bazaars and Huangpu River ... 
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Cultural Shanghai Day Tour: Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, the Old Town Bazaars and Huangpu River Cruise

This city tour will take you through some of Shanghai’s most famous cultural sights including the Shanghai museum, the Bund, the Yu Garden, and a cruise down ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.00
Private Shanghai Day Tour: Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden,The Bund and Huangpu River Cruise, ... 
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Private Shanghai Day Tour: Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden,The Bund and Huangpu River Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Shanghai is world famous as the largest metropolis in China as well as one of the world's most international cities. This one day private tour will take you ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.00

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