201 Renmin avenue
Metro line 1 / 2 / 8: People’s square; bus 71: Huangpi North road
Mon-Sun 0900-1700 (last entry 1600)
Established in 1952, since 1996 at its current location close to People’s square (from The Bund a leisurely walk along Nanjing road) in a building resembling a ding, an ancient cooking vessel, the Shanghai Museum has an impressive collection of more than 130,000 precious art objects. Permanent exhibitions comprise exhibits of ancient bronze, ceramics, sculpture, paintings, jades, calligraphy, seals, coins, ming and qing dynasty furniture as well as Chinese minorities’ arts.
For anyone with only a slight interest in Chinese history, the museum is a fascinating place to explore. Exhibits are well laid out and tastefully presented with brief Chinese and English descriptions. Free leaflets with information in English are available at each exhibition hall. Audio guides (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Korean) are available on the ground floor for 40 rmb and a deposit of 400 rmb, 50 usd or passport.
Easily plan several hours for a visit and go early on a weekday (Shanghai Museum opening hours are from 9am to 5pm throughout the week) to avoid crowds. Especially at weekends you may have to line up for quite a while to get inside as visitor numbers are limited.
Official Shanghai Museum website: www.shanghaimuseum.net/en/