Museums in Shanghai

Shanghai MuseumShanghai Museum

The Shanghai Museum is mainly a museum for ancient arts. At present it is divided into ten sections, including: ancient Chinese bronzes, sculpture, ceramics, jades, seals, calligraphy, coin and currency, paintings, Ming and Qing-dynasty furniture, and crafts of China’s national minorities. The exterior of the museum, utilizing the shape of an ancient bronze ding, has an antique flavor.

Add: No. 201, People’s Avenue, Huangpu District, Shanghai.

Tel: +86-21-63723500

Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 (last entry at 4 p.m. , Sat. at 7 p.m.)

Getting there: Take bus 46, 71, 112, 123, 145, 916, 925 or Tunnel Line 6 and get off at People’s Square Station; Take City Sightseeing Bus and get off at Shanghai Museum; Take Subway Line 1, Line 2, Line 8 and get off at the stop of People’s Square;  get out of the subway from Exit 1 and walk south.

Museum of Oriental Musical Instruments oriental_musical_instruments

This museum has collected and displayed more than 400 instruments. It has 4 parts, the Chinese Ancient Instruments, the Present Chinese Instruments, the Instruments of China’s Minority Nationalities and the Instruments of Foreign Minority Nationalities. The musical instruments of the foreign minority nationalities are from Korea, India, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Russia, Australia and West African countries and regions.

Add: 20 Fenyang Rd. Shanghai

Tel: +86 21 64370137 Ext.2134

Shanghai Natural Wild-Insect Kingdom natural_wild_insect_kingdom

It is the first of its kind in China. The birds and the bees, the beetles and the butterflies, all your usual creepy crawlies are on display in this kingdom. It houses several galleries, including a tropical rainforest and a reptile cave. Some of the insect models can be pretty tacky to adult eyes, but kids like the interactive exhibits where they can feed critters and catch fish.

Add: 1 Fenghe Rd, Pudong

Tel: +86 21 58406950

Getting there: The closest metro station to the tower is Lujiazui Station on Metro Line No.2.

Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum wax_museum

Hundreds of millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago and it remains as popular today as it ever was. There are many reasons for this enduring success and the most important reason is the people’s curiosity. Visitors will have an opportunity to take an emotionally journey through the realms of the powerful and famous celebrities.

Add: 10/F, New World Department Store, No.2-26 West Nanjing Road

Tel: +86 21 63587878

Getting there: Metro Line 1 and Metro Line 2 at People’s Square Station


The Navy Shanghai Museum consists of 4 exhibition halls, including the exhibition hall of the navy history, the exhibition hall of navy equipment and the exhibition hall of marine education.

Add: 68 Tanghou Rd. Wusong, Shanghai

Tel: +86 21 56163295

Shanghai Museum of TCM museum_of_tcm

Shanghai TCM Museum, the museum of the profound TCM and TCM culture, consists of three parts: the Medical History Museum of Shanghai TCM University/ Chinese Medical Association, the Specimen Room of Chinese Herbal Medicine and the History Museum of School.

Add: 1200 Cailun Rd. Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, Pudong New Area

Tel: +86 21 51322710, 51322712

Getting there: Zhangnan Bus Line, Tangchuan Bus Line, Daqiao 5 Bus Line, Daqiao 6 Bus Line, Metro Line 2 at Zhangjiang Station

Opening hours: 9:00-16:00, closed every Monday

Shanghai History Museum history_museum

Located on the first floor of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai History Museum adopts the display with “real objects in the scenes” supplemented with high-tech methods, combining cultural relics, stage properties, models, sound and light into one. The museum consists of 7 parts: The Origin of Huating (ancient Shanghai); Features of the Urban City; Glimpses of the Open Port; a 10-mile Street of Foreign Flavor; Old Traces on the Sea; an Exhibition of Architecture; and Good Times of Csrs and Carriages. The exhibition demonstrates to visitors the folk customs and habits of old Shanghai citizens.

Add: 1 Century Avenue, Pudong

Tel: +86 21 58791888

Getting there: Metro Line 2 at Lujiazui Station

Shanghai Postal Museum postal_museum

Inside the Shanghai Postal Museum, the first postal museum in China, there is the duplicated horse-drawn carriage used in 1909 and the truck model used in 1917, reappearing the postal development and changes. In the museum there is also a postage stamp hall, with stamps of the only existing copy, also precious stamps and designs.

Add: 250 North Suzhou Road

Tel: +86 21 63936666

Opening hours: 09:00-1600 Every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

Getting there: Sightseeing Bus 10

The Museum of Natural Sciencesnatural_sciences

The museum has 3000 pieces of rare animals’ specimen in its 3000 square meters exhibiting halls, covering all the species. It is one of the biggest nature sciences museums of the country. There are halls for dinosaurs, paleontology history, palaeoanthropology history, ancient carcass, invertebrate, fish, amphibious animal, reptile, bird, mammal, public science education and gift shops.

Add: No. 260 Yan’an Rd.(E) Shanghai

Tel: +86 21 63213548

Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 Box office open: 9:00–15:30 ; Closed on Monday

Getting there: Metro Line 2 at Nanjing Rd.(E) Station

Shanghai Railway Museumrailway_museum

Based on the historical materials and objects as reference, the Railway Museum has demonstrated the development of the railway in Shanghai and East China during the past 100 and more years.

Add: 200 Tianmu Rd.(E) Shanghai

Tel: +86 21 51221130, 51221575

Opening Hours: 9:00–16:00 on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Shanghai Geological Museumgeological_museum

The Shanghai Geological Museum, used to be called “The Back Garden of Pudong International Airport”, is only 15 minutes drive from Pudong International Airport. A lot of wonderful mineral crystals, such as Calcite crystal, Quarts crystal and Fluorite crystal collected in the museum are shared with the public. The red gypsum crystal comes from an ore hole which is over 600 meters underground and it took 5 years of explosion. The intergrowth ore of calite and green fluorite weight up to 1.5 tons. There is a huge wooden fossil tree discovered in Xinjiang, its intact trunks is 38 meters long and its girth is nearly 3.6 meters.

Add: No.1 Huazhou Rd. Shanghai

Opening Hours: 8:30-17:00

C.Y. Tung Maritime Museutung_maritime

It houses the Chinese Maritime History Gallery and the C.Y. Tung Gallery. The former contains a permanent exhibition of maps, photographs, archival material, maritime trade routes and their artifacts, reflecting China’s maritime history since the Neolithic Period. Through the permanent display of objects, photographs, archival material, and ship models, the C.Y. Tung Gallery attempts to portray the legendary life of C. Y. Yung, the one of the “Seven Sea Barons of the World”.

Add: 1954 Huashan Rd. Shanghai

Tel: +86 21 62932403

Opening Hours: 13:30-17:00 on Tuesday to Sunday

Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museumarts_and_crafts

In the main building of the museum is the exhibition hall for folk arts, carvings and embroideries, composing 10 specialized workshops staffed with 50 professional artisans. The exhibits and collections in the museum and research institute are the masterpieces of modern and contemporary arts and crafts. There are shops in the museum and the research institute offering art works, arts and crafts and tourist souvenirs.

Add: 79 Fenyang Road

Tel: +86 21 64311431

Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00

Shanghai Museum of Public Securitypublic_security

Shanghai Museum of Public Security is the first one of this kind in China. It includes 9 exhibition halls with a collection of about 3000 pieces from the late Qing Dynasty till now. The exhibition hall of the history of public security has 1000 material objects recording the development history of the Shanghai Public Security since its establishment in 1854. There are also the prison exhibition, fire control exhibition, equipments exhibition and etc.

Add: 518 South Ruijin Road

Tel: +86 21 64720256

Opening Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm on Monday to Saturday

Getting there: Bus line 43, 89, ect.

Huang Daopo Memorial Hallhuangdaopo

The Memorial Hall is composed of 3 exhibition rooms. The main room is the display of photos, written text and household commodities that exhibit the life story of Huang Daopo and her contribution to China’s textile industry. The other 2 rooms are the display of the changes in spinning and weaving tools, machines and cotton-made products of different periods.

Add: Dongwan Village, Huajing Town

Tel: +86 21 63963328

Opening Hours: 9:00-16:00

Exhibition Hall of Shanghai Aerospaceaerospace

The Exhibition Hall of the Shanghai Aerospace Science and Technology shows the 4 series products of Shanghai Aerospace — missile, spacecraft, satellite and launch vehicles, as well as the aerospace experts. By adopting real and high-tech ways, the exhibition hall reveals the mystery of SAST. The real HQ-61 missile, it was exhibited on the 50 anniversary military review of the Chinese National Day. The high-grade, precise and advanced industrial products are the first time exhibit. The CZ-4 launch vehicle, Shen Zhou spaceship, CK-1, FY-1 and FY-2 satellites are also exhibited. The demonstration of Shen Zhou spaceship’s launching, the vivid field show of missile firing as well as the exciting programs is available on the exhibition.

Add: 222 Caoxi Rd. Shanghai

Tel: +86 21 64820694

Shanghai Entomological Museumentomological

Shanghai Entomological Museum has collected more than one million insect specimens, among which there are a great number of animals on the brink of extinction and the insect specimens of quarantine.

Add: 300 Fenglin Road

Tel: +86 21 54924191

Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00

Hand-printed Blue Nankeen Exhibition Hallblue_nankeen

Blue nankeen has long been the most popular hand-woven and hand-printed fabric favored by Chinese ordinary people. Although blue nankeen is not as luxuriant as silk fabric, its artistic achievement is never in the shade.

Add: No.24, Lane 637, Changle Road

Tel: +86 21 540379478

Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00

Wulixiang – Shikumen Open Housewulixiang

Wulixing means “home” in Shanghai dialect. “Open House” in English refers to the custom of neighbours informally dropping in for a visit to one’s home. “Open House” follows on in meaning from “Open Invitation”. The “Wulixiang” museum at Shanghai Xintiandi presents an authentic recreation of a typical Shikumen house built in the 1920’s, it offers a place to cherish the old Shanghai and recall the past events.

Add: No.25, Lane181, Taicang Road

Tel: +86 21 33070337

Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 10:30am-22:30pm; Friday to Saturday: 11:00am-23:00pm

Shanghai Astronomy Museumastronomy_museum

Inside this museum, there are astronomical instruments and other equipments, science and tech hall, astronomy exchanging hall and meridian instrument room.

Add: on top of the Sheshan hill

Tel: +86 21 64696271

Opening hours: 08:15-16:30

Getting there: Shang-She Bus Line

Shanghai Animation and Comics MuseumAnimation

It is divided into three floors, including the comic hall, animation hall, an interactive hall and multi-function 3D cinema, etc. It shows the origin, classification, forms and production of animation through high-tech bio-animation ways of presentation and aims to becoming an after-school classroom of animation for students, teachers and enthusiasts.

Opening hours: 10:00–17:00 (Closed on Monday)

Getting there: Take Metro Line 2 and get off at Zhangjiang High Technology Park Station, and take bus 609 or DongChuan Line to Tuanjie Station.

China Maritime MuseumChina Maritime Museum

China Maritime Museum, the first maritime museum of China, displays the country’s maritime culture, history and technology. The museum showcases 20,000 exhibited items in six categories, including history, ships, ports, maritime safety, mariner and military navigation.

Add: 197 Shen’gang Avenue, Lin’gang New Town, Pudong New Area

Tel: +86 21 68283691

Opening hours: 9:30–16:30 (Closed on Monday, Except on National Holidays)

China Art PalaceChina Art Palace

Housed in the China Pavilion of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, China Art Palace features 27 exhibition halls as well as such facilities as theater, conference hall and library. China Art Palace is a massive fine arts museum for collection, display, exchanges, research and education. Here, you will be taken onto an eye-opening tour of the finest art creations by Chinese artists around the world. The 559-square-meter dining zone offers coffee, Western fast food and tea.

Add: 161 Shangnan Road, Shanghai Pudong New Area

Tel: +86 4009219021

Admission: Free (Advance reservation online is required.)

Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 (Admission is not allowed after 16:00)

Getting there: Metro Line 8 at China Art Museum Station

Power Station of ArtPower Station of Art

Housed in the Urban Future Pavilion of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, Power Station of Art is the first public museum of contemporary art in mainland China and a typical urban cultural venue for art exhibition, collection, research, exchanges, and experiential education. Power Station of Art features 12 exhibition halls of different sizes that make for exhibitions of different nature as well as such facilities as library, research rooms and lecture halls. Power Station of Art displays creations from various fields like contemporary art, literature and film and thus provides a cross-media, cross-disciplinary art platform for exchanges.

Add: 200 Huayuangang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

Tel: +86 4009219021

Admission: Free (Advance reservation online is required.)

Opening hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (Admission is not allowed after 16:00; closed on Monday)

Getting there: Metro lines 4 and 8 at South Xizang Road Station

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