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Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

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Address: 62 Changyang Road, Shanghai, China
Phone Number: 021-65126669
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum contains the site of one of only two...

The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum contains the site of one of only two synagogues in Shanghai, the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, along with two exhibition halls. Volunteers offer informative tours of the museum.

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I am interested in anything like this. We walked there from the Bund-about an hour. Very interesting part of Jewish history that I knew nothing about and that alot of jews lived... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am interested in anything like this. We walked there from the Bund-about an hour. Very interesting part of Jewish history that I knew nothing about and that alot of jews lived in Shanghai until after the war.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Never known that Shanghai had such rich history of Jewish refugees back in it's past. It is always impressive to know more of a city's background by visiting musea like this. It will definately educate you and help you understand more of the multi cultural background that Shanghai has and know more about life and it's values

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been here 3 times. The museum is undergoing continual improvement, thanks to donors and increasing awareness about what it offers and represents. It is small, but has authentic artifacts from Jews who fled Europe during WWII and found refuge and new lives in this Shanghai ghetto. The cost to enter is nominal and it is well worth your... More 

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Samstagern, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum on a Saturday afternoon. We enjoyed a very good guided tour by a young student of history who guided us through the historical background and the history of the Jewish Refugees in a very well way. Learned about Dr. Ho Feng-Shan, the young Chinese consul-general in Vienna from May 1938 to May 1940, who risked... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is near a modern boutique shopping and dining precent. There is a nice mix of modern and historical architecture..... I have not gone into this museum. I found that the security officers were not friendly and discouraged people from "appreciating" the building (taking photos and carefully looking at the architectural details....I was prohibited from touching the bricks of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having studied WW2 to an obsessive level, I was surprised I hadn't learned about the way Shanghai opened it's doors to the Jews during this terrible time in history. The level of humanity displayed in the museum is profound and culturally relevant as we look at the Syrian refugee crisis. An hour of so is all you need to go... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

If you are interested in Jewish history, this is a must. I had no idea Shanghai played such an important role in Jewish history. This is a rather small museum, but informative. Good photos and personal stories enriched my experience. The guards working at the museum were extremely helpful, despite our language barrier. We even met a student docent who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

If you are interested in the history of Jewish people during WWII, this is the place to visit. I was very happy with my visit as I discovered how the Chinese people opened their doors to Jewish refugees during the second War. This museum well presented explains lots of facts through many photographs and displays. Also you can visit the... More 

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

A very interesting museum which you can visit on your own or even better take a tour with Dvir Bar Gal, the guide of the Shanghai Ghetto. It takes 1-2 hours if you want to read well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Surprisingly was a really interesting and enjoyable visit. Although it's a small museum and improvements are still being made they have made it interactive and informative. Easy to get to from the station and worth a visit if you have the time.

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History oozes out of every fiber of the city, but Hongkou is a particularly notable neighborhood. Shanghai was a safe haven for about 20,000 Jews during the Second World War, and traces of this heritage can still be found in buildings and park monuments. Historic foreign relations aside, this neighborhood throws you into traditional Shanghainese life without taking you too far away from the city center. Some of the city’s best-preserved, ancient longtangs (laneway communities) and shikumen (Shanghainese lanehouses) are still in use as actual residences here. If you like to be surrounded by local faces, Hongkou is a great area to spend your time in. The football stadium, Duolun Lu and the North Bund area await should you need some entertainment.