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

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Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) Tours

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: Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, null
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Best of Shanghai Day Tour: Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

See the best sights of Shanghai. A full day tour immerses you in the culture of this bustling city, including Yu Garden to see the well conserved, beautiful ...  Read more

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

From USD $80.00
Shanghai Afternoon Tour with Jade Buddha Temple and Old French Concession, Shanghai, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Shanghai Afternoon Tour with Jade Buddha Temple and Old French Concession

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This afternoon half day tour will take you to visit Xintiandi in Former French Concession where is the modern complex of renovated architecture dotted with ...  Read more

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

From USD $53.00
Private Shanghai Classic City Tour With Huangpu River Cruise, Shanghai, Half-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Shanghai Classic City Tour With Huangpu River Cruise

For this full day Shanghai classic tour, the private guide and driver will take you to discover the major sites in Shanghai and experience a cruise trip on the ...  Read more

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

From USD $85.33
Private Shanghai Day Tour Including the Bund Yu Garden Old Town Market and Shanghai Museum, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Shanghai Day Tour Including the Bund Yu Garden Old Town Market and Shanghai Museum

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

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 ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: Flexible

From USD $100.00
Shanghai One Day Private Tour with The Bund and Yuayan Garden, Shanghai, Custom Private Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Shanghai One Day Private Tour with The Bund and Yuayan Garden

This Shanghai one day tour shows you the essence of Shanghai attractions: the Bund, Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Bazaar, and Tian Zi Fang Bazaar. Not only you will ...  Read more

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

From USD $59.00
Private Shanghai City Highlights in One Day, Shanghai, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Shanghai City Highlights in One Day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

You will see the best of Shanghai on this full-day tour. Your friendly and professional English-speaking guide will accompany you to Shanghai Museum, the ...  Read more

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

From USD $53.00
All Inclusive Shanghai Past and Future Day Trip from Beijing by Air, Beijing, Private Sightseeing ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

All Inclusive Shanghai Past and Future Day Trip from Beijing by Air

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

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $636.00
Shanghai Past and Future: Huangpu River Cruise and Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, Air Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Shanghai Past and Future: Huangpu River Cruise and Shanghai Museum

Shanghai has a long history, but since it became a trading port city after the first Opium War, it developed into a one-of-a-kind city in China. This 5-hour ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.00
Cultural Shanghai Day Tour: Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, the Old Town Bazaars and Huangpu River ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Cultural Shanghai Day Tour: Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, the Old Town Bazaars and Huangpu River Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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

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

From USD $111.00
Private City Tour of Shanghai including Lunch, Shanghai, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private City Tour of Shanghai including Lunch

With this full-day private tour, you'll be able to explore most of Shanghai's highlights such as the Shanghai Museum,silk museum, pearl gallery, the Jade ...  Read more

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

From USD $128.00

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