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Shanghai History Museum

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Address: No.1 Shiji Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 200122, China
Phone Number: 021-63723500
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A glimpse of Old Shanghai

Recommend this museum over the Shanghai Museum as you will get a good idea of what Shanghai used to look like thanks to the life-like wax figures and historic settings. Very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Recommend this museum over the Shanghai Museum as you will get a good idea of what Shanghai used to look like thanks to the life-like wax figures and historic settings. Very interesting indeed (definitely more interesting than historic relics such as porcelain, ceramics, etc). If you do decide to visit, you also get to have a close up view of... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's got a very off-putting title. This museum tells the history of Shanghai City, especially from the time of the Western inroads. It has dioramas, not just exhibits behind glass, It has models of buildings influenced by western architecture, and it tells where the real ones may be found in modern Shanghai. The city has a very interesting and colourful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

firstly its free entry but we were most impressed by the various chinese historic objects.These included bronze figures 3000 years old, porcelain from 3000 years to the current day. The building limits numbers to 8000 per day so I recommend you go early in the day , it also avoids the crowds. It's completely different to the UK museums because... More 

Thank downs09bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mostly an exhibit of wax figures in historic settings. Well done with many "photo moments". It will give you a good idea of Shanghai's past. It is done in a sophisticated and politically neutral way. Well worth a visit.

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Below the pearl, free. Plastic models reconstructing scene of historic Shanghai. Reasonably interesting and much if the text is translated into English. This is quite a large museum and gives a good insight into Shanghais past.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Initially, we had quite low expectations about this museum and expected it to be quite boring and just filled with pictures. However, it was actually very interactive and we spent much longer in there than we thought! It is definitely worth the 30RMB we paid. The museum contains numerous wax figures of different types of Chinese people (both historical to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is in the basement of the Pearl Tower. It's basically just a bunch of displays that show you what Shanghai was like in the Qing dynasty, then later when the Europeans came. There are a lot of life models, wax figures, miniature streets and interesting video displays. It's the kind of thing I would have loved when I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really found this fascinating and well worth a visit, especially the British/Sino historical story. Enjoyed the old town market place effect.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We got in for free when we were there, we didnt know that there's a museum there, we were kind of on our way to the exit. I walked up to the gate keeper and ask about the price of the ticket, she said that its free. So we thought why not and checked it out. I wasnt sure what... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

This museum is at the base of the Pearl tower. The museum shows an accurate account of life from the time of the British and French until now. It is really well done and the underground atmosphere adds an interesting feel. It is inexpensive and worth the visit,

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