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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)

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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Essence of Shanghai One Day Private Tour, Shanghai, null
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Essence of Shanghai One Day Private Tour

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
Best of Shanghai Day Tour: Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Best of Shanghai Day Tour: Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum

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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 $90.00
Half Day Group Tour: Afternoon Shanghai, Shanghai, Day Trips
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Half Day Group Tour: Afternoon Shanghai

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 Day Tour of Shanghai City Highlights, Shanghai, Half-day Tours
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Private Day Tour of Shanghai City Highlights

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 Region, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.99
Private Shanghai Classic City Tour With Huangpu River Cruise, Shanghai, Private Sightseeing Tours
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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 $115.00
Private Shanghai Day Tour Including the Bund Yu Garden Old Town Market and Shanghai Museum, ... 
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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 ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: Flexible

From USD $100.00
Shanghai Past and Future Day Trip from Beijing by Air, Beijing, Custom Private Tours
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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 $661.00
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 $168.75
Ancient and Modern Tour of Shanghai: The Bund Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall and Huangpu ... 
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Ancient and Modern Tour of Shanghai: The Bund Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall and Huangpu River Cruise

Today’s city tour will show you Shanghai by bus, by foot and by boat. You will visit the most famous streets in Shanghai, the beautiful Yu Garden in the Old ...  Read more

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

From USD $162.50
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 Region, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $187.50

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