Shànghǎi Museum

Shànghǎi Museum information

Location
Shànghǎi , China
Address
201 Renmin Ave, 人民大道201号
Getting there
Underground Rail: People's Sq
More information
www.shanghaimuseum.net
Prices
admission free
Opening hours
9am-5pm
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This must-see Museum guides you through the craft of millennia while simultaneously escorting you through the pages of Chinese history. Expect to spend half, if not most of, a day here (note that entrance is from East Yan'an Rd). Designed to resemble the shape of an ancient Chinese dǐng vessel, the building is home to one of the most impressive collections in China. Take your pick from the archaic green patinas of the Ancient Chinese Bronzes Gallery through to the silent solemnity of the Ancient Chinese Sculpture Gallery; from the exquisite beauty of the ceramics in the Zande Lou Gallery to the measured and timeless flourishes captured in the Chinese Calligraphy Gallery. Chinese painting, seals, jade, Ming and Qing furniture, coins and ethnic costumes are also on offer in this museum, intelligently displayed in well-lit galleries. Seats are provided outside galleries on each floor for when lethargy strikes. Photography is allowed in some galleries. The audio guide (available in eight languages) is well worth the Y40 (deposit Y400 or your passport). The excellent museum shop sells postcards, a rich array of books, and faithful replicas of the museum's ceramics and other pieces. There are a few overpriced shops and teahouses inside the museum, as well as a snack bar, a cloakroom and an ATM.