Power Station of Art
200 Huayuangang road
metro line 4 / 8: South Xizang road (exit 2) + 10-15min walk
tue-sun 1100-1900, last admission 1800
Free entry except special exhibitions
The Shanghai Power Station of Art (PSA) was established in October 2012 as first state-run museum dedicated to contemporary art in China. Since then the PSA also hosts the Shanghai Biennale.
The PSA is located on the site of the 2010 expo on the bank of Huangpu river, not far from Nanpu bridge. The museum is inside a rebuilt former power station and is easily spotted by its 165-meter chimney. The grand venue is really impressive, comprising more than 40 thousand square meters spread over seven floors, thereof 15 thousand square meters reserved for exhibitions. Unfortunately, most of the time only a fraction is actually used. Exhibitions vary greatly in quantity and quality, therefore be sure to check on their website what is on display before you visit.
There is a small café on the fifth floor. But definitely do not miss out on the expansive terrace on the same floor with great river views. The neighbouring area of former expo site buildings is also quite interesting to explore.