Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), Shanghai

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Located in the city's center, Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) displays a large collection of invaluable ancient Chinese art which demonstrates the nation's philosophy, wisdom, and way of life. Established in 1952, the round dome structure with a square base contains a total of three exhibition halls and eleven galleries. You can choose to inspect many major categories of showcased art, such as calligraphy, ceramics, furniture, paintings, and coins. Explore China's long history by examining over 120,000 items, which portray the country's long, colorful history and its relation to foreign countries. The museum issues 8,000 daily tickets free of charge and gives priority to the elderly and disabled. Using our international travel planner, Shanghai attractions like Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • If you are particularly interested in Chinese porcelain, caligraphy, jade, furniture, ethnic costume and art in general then this will be a must-see and you can spend hours here. If you're just...  more »
  • We visited as part of our tour which was great and we found it to be very informative especially as this was our first visit to Shanghai. We were limited for time and felt rushed but there was just...  more »
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  • This is a great museum to visit if you are touring Shanghai for a few days. It is free to all And located in the beautiful People’s Park. Not a world class museum but it does showcase a nice cross-section of China’s history. I would recommend going to the urban planning museum first if you are pressed for time in Shanghai as it provides an incredible overview of the city past present and future and provides information on each of the historical neighborhoods you can go tour.
  • This place is like the MET of Shanghai. So much to see, so perfectly curated, with wonderful free mini guided tours, I can't believe this museum is free to the public. Highly recommend for anyone visiting Shanghai. It's not a large museum, but I spent a good 4 hours in there, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Extra bonus - the bathrooms are clean and have real toilets!
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