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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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Excellent museum - definitely worth a visit

This is a museum like no other I have seen in China, and is definitely worth a visit coupled with a visit to the Oriental Pearl Tower (it is directly beneath the tower). The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Simon M
Beijing, China

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Beijing, China
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32 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a museum like no other I have seen in China, and is definitely worth a visit coupled with a visit to the Oriental Pearl Tower (it is directly beneath the tower). The museum tells the story of Shanghai's history from ancient times right through the Opium Wars / Concessions era up until the present day with scale models... More 

Thank Simon M
Ningbo, China
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is a bit complicated to find because the Museum is inside of the Pearl Tower, Floor 00, but there are not enough signs indicating it. All you find at the museum are replicas and ceramic dolls simulating activities. They do not have a lot of signs in english and the data available is almost null. is not really worth... More 

Thank Paulina M
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46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love Museums you will love this one with plenty to see over 3 or 4 levels. I really enjoyed the money section and the clothing but found it a bit boring.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is free with your ticket to the Oriental Pearl Tower. You learn the history of Shanghai through the years as you walk through the lifelike models of old streets and historic scenes. It takes about 90 minutes. Can get very noisy from the large groups that visit but definitely worth a look.

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Shanghai, China
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88 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For sophisticated museum goers, this might not be the place. But for families, this is a great way to get a sense of how Shanghai grew up from the seaport trading town it once was to this cosmopolitan mega city. There are some great old fashioned vehicles, wax sculpture vignets, and well done explanations in English with the automatic self... More 

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Turin, Italy
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83 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is Inside a nice round building in the middle of the People square. The museum spread on 3 floors and has collections of bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture, jades, ancient coins, paintings, seals, sculptures. It is very popular and attracts lot of people expecially in the late morning. People sit on the floor for lunch and for resting, the... More 

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Adams, Massachusetts
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51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is free with your ticket to the Oriental Pearl. It is a huge museum which tells the story of Shanghai using artifacts and both life-sized and minature models, along with English (and Chinese) descriptions. Since it was so big (and we had already had a full day), we went through the museum fairly quickly, and it still took... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very large museum that is included with any Oriental Pearl Tower ticket. Given the size, anything that is not truly interesting to you should probably be covered quickly. It does have an impressive set of artifacts, dioramas, and wax figures demonstrating life throughout Shanghai's history. Here were our favorites: 1. Wax figures demonstrating old Shanghai production and... More 

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Bandung, Indonesia
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114 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you go to Oriental Pearl Tower, don't miss this museum, since this is the one of the best museum in China and very good education for children. You need the camera with low light capability to captured your moment since all area in inside, dark, and has low lighting environment.

Thank Indra M
Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum explores the history of the Shanghai region, its people, their lifestyles and cultural traditions from ancient times to the city's time as the "Paris of the East". The exhibits consist of displayed artifacts, miniature scale models of Shanghai's various iconic buildings along with wax figures placed in reconstructed historical settings like a mixed local/foreign court and a medical... More 

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