Tousewe Museum

Tousewe Museum information

Shànghǎi , China
Street 55-1 Puhuitang Lu, 蒲汇塘路55-1号
Getting there
metro Shanghai Indoor Stadium/Xujiahui
admission ¥10
Opening hours
9am-4.30pm Tue-Sun
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Lonely Planet review

Next to a middle school along Puhuitang Rd, this fascinating museum is dedicated to the arts and crafts of the former red-brick Tousewe Orphanage, established here by the indefatigable Jesuits in 1864. The Catholics taught orphans the techniques of Western art: one of the first things you see as you walk into the museum is a small, exquisite and exact copy of the former Tiānníng Pagoda in Běijīng and a magnificent wooden páilou (decorative arch), the Tǔshānwān Archway, carved in 1913. Further along there’s a wealth of objects either produced or relating to the orphanage, from religious ornaments to Jesuit literature, including a copy of Recherches sur les superstitions en Chine . Woodcraft was particularly productive at the orphanage so some splendid items can be admired; look out for the expertly carved ‘Li Kui and his double’, fashioned from boxwood, and the Madonna from the 1920s. Filling out the rest of the fascinating collection are paintings and stained glass. Audio tours are available.