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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
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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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I was surprised. I was not aware of the history facts and visiting this place gave me a great opportunity to learn about this magnificent example of the Chinese people generosity... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I was surprised. I was not aware of the history facts and visiting this place gave me a great opportunity to learn about this magnificent example of the Chinese people generosity. The place is easy to find and very well organized with movies and detailed explanations in English. Highly recommended!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We were on the walking tour and arrived at the museum, but it was still closed. We did however get a sneak preview and there is a wall of all the names of the 20,000 Jews who were saved from the halocaust by the shanghai people. So if you have a relative that was there you can photograph their name.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Went here our last day in Shanghai. I'm first generation American, a "child" of survivors. Very moving to learn about the history of the Jews in Shanghai. Maybe it resonated more because of my personal history but I was surprised to witness elderly Chinese on tour and learning about those that were rescued. There is also a park nearby with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Lovely small museum teaching about the history of the Jews in Shanghai during World War II. Beautiful sculptures and wall of names of those passing through Shanghai. Worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The history of the Jewish refugees in Shanghai is not well known outside of Shanghai while it is extremely interesting and important to the Jewish history. The museum is informative, but a little propagandistic as the role of the Chinese made a bit more heroic than the more neutral historical facts. All in all, recommended!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is a very interesting place with good displays and a powerful story. I highly recommend that you spend some time exploring the area. We spent a couple of hours in the nearby neighborhoods and found them fascinating, particularly the old German & Austrian style homes which have since been turned into homes for Shanghai families. There are some really... More 

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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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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.