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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
Description: 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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An inspiring glimpse into the past.....

After reading about this museum, my children and I added it to our list of "must do" Shanghai outings. I'm so glad we did! The museum is easy to get to--just a short walk (<10... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

After reading about this museum, my children and I added it to our list of "must do" Shanghai outings. I'm so glad we did! The museum is easy to get to--just a short walk (<10 min.) from the Dalian metro stop. Free English tours are offered every hour. The tour definitely piqued our interest in learning more about this fascinating... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Did a half day tour with my sister. 5 people, met at the famous Peace hotel. Museum very modern & sentimental. Understood fully the lives of Jewish refugees in the 1930's. Recommend highly to understand the wonderful people of Shanghai who offered refuge when no other country (except the Dominican Republic) would.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Very informative and interesting they have done a great job of fixing it up which is great to see. Go here even if non- Jew.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We enjoyed the free guided tour within the museum. This is only available during certain timings, we did ours at 11am. The tour lasted under 60mins. Kids may not enjoy it but we learnt so much about the Jews in Shanghai and how the war brought them there. It's a side of Shanghai that is not common to most people.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Very interesting historical place with excellent park nearby. The area in general very poor, but the museum is great. Vidal Sassoon's family is from Shanghai.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Excellent tour and explanation of the role that Shanghai played in saving Jewish Holocaust victims. I left want to do research about that time in Shanghai's history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

A little known WWII history: many Jewish refugees fled to Shanghai from Eastern Europe during the Second World War. This museum aims to preserve that history. It is an interesting insight into Jewish life in Shanghai under Japanese rule and the surrounding area (the Jewish Ghetto) still preserves some of the buildings they built. Definitely something to check out if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

A kind Chinese embassy official in Vienna saved tens of thousands of Jews by writing a visa for them to emigrate to Shanghai. The museum is in the neighborhood where they settled, and preserves some of the quality of WWII Shanghai. The community has since left, but the museum has collected stories, artifacts, and respects the legacy of what their... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Like: Historical place which should any body should visit Dislike: There is any memorable statue related with the history

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

It is a good museum. Not great. They could do so much more with the museum. They could show what life was like. They could have had more artifacts on display. They could have talked about how and why they were finding refuge in China. Instead, they chose to talk about individual stories and their lives. But, this really does... More 

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Address: 62 Changyang Road, Shanghai, China
Phone Number: 021-65126669
Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Hongkou

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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.