Lonely Planet review
Housed in the former Royal Asiatic Society building (1933), this private museum behind the Bund focuses on contemporary Chinese art, with rotating exhibits year-round. Opened in 2010 to mark the opening of the Rockbund (North Bund) renovation project – funded by the Rockefeller Group – the museum has since become one of the city’s top modern-art venues.
In addition to the art museum, there are a number of other architectural gems in this area that are part of the project, including the former British Consulate. The most extensively renovated section is along Yuanmingyuan Rd, a magnet for the latest crop of high-profile restaurants and luxury brands to come to Shànghǎi. Additional landmark buildings in the area are slated for redevelopment, including the wonderful curved facade of the art-deco Capitol Theatre (1928), at the north end of Huqiu Rd.