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Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts

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Address: No.79 Fenyang Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 200000, China
Phone Number: 021-64314074,021-64311431
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: Museum displays traditional crafts of ivory, jade and wood carvings...
Museum displays traditional crafts of ivory, jade and wood carvings, textiles, painted snuff bottles and a variety of folk crafts. There are some studios where you can watch artisans at work, as well as a gift shop of high-quality goods (and prices).
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Museum of ancient Chinese art

Shanghai museum is a world-famous museum of ancient chinese art .It is just the place to get the sense of chinese past and present culture. The museum is quite big extended... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

What an amazing collection of art including the centuries old collection of Buddha from around China ..... the most expansive collection I have scene...... Hire a guide for the day and end up midday at the Museum... they will get you past the long lines

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Jalandhar, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Shanghai museum is a world-famous museum of ancient chinese art .It is just the place to get the sense of chinese past and present culture. The museum is quite big extended over four floors. Each floor is specific to the time in history. This is a place to experience the brilliant history and enjoy the fabulous artistic creation of china.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

A pleasant museum in old historic house which adds greatly to the enjoyment. Workshops are open making for interesting enjoyment because of the crafts people at work. Wood , jade and ivory carving and paper cutting as well as needle work on show as well as lots of work on display for buying. Hopefully in the future ivory carving can... More 

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Minneapolis Mn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This small museum isn't easy to find, but it has some very fine handwork, especially wood and ivory carvings. The artisans are at work and don't seem to mind gawking tourists. The setting is nice also, in the leafy green streets of the French Concession. The mansion that houses the museum is worth a visit if you like classical architecture.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The museum is located in a French colonial building, creating a great first impression. I found the jade, wood and ivory carving examples very interesting and the highlight of my visit. Obviously the museum curators realise these are their best exhibits as they are the first you will come across upon entering. From there it is unfortunately downhill. The displays... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

On my 4th trip to Shanghai, I visited this Museum and wondered why I had not been there before. Constructed in 1905 as the residence of the director of the chamber of industry in the French Concession, since 1960 the building has housed a collection of Shanghai arts & crafts that represents development of the city's industry through workers' skills.... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

On a recent trip to Shanghai, I was delighted to experience the Shanghai Art Museum. Just stepping into the center hall or atrium gave one the experience of spaciousness and a warm welcome. The galleries were arranged on four floors "in the square", which were overlooking the center hall. Displays were well organized by floor and room with ample explanations... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

There's some very interesting items, 2 to 3 hours would be needed to see everything in detail. If you have the time make sure you pay a visit

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

I was expecting to see a wider variety of craftworks. It was mainly ivory and jade carvings and some needlework exhibits. Despite the underwhelming exhibit on the 2nd and 3rd floors, I do recommend visiting this museum if not only for the chance to browse the 1st floor, where you will find many rooms of artists working on various projects.... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We were keen to visit this attraction as we enjoy seeing interesting artworks. The fact that the museum is housed in a beautiful French mansion was the decider. We visited mid morning on a weekday and even though there were many artists there, not one was working. We were disappointed with the artworks as well. While there are many for... More 

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Former French Concession
While there are technical borders to the area formerly governed by the French in Shanghai, the "French Concession" of today is an amorphous neighborhood that is a favorite of the city's foreign residents. While it is mostly within the Xuhui district, residents will sometimes include parts of Jing'an and Luwan in their mental maps of the Former French Concession. The area seems frozen in time, characterized by quiet, tree-lined avenues, French-style villas, interesting boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes that are not typical of China. All of these mix and mingle with local life as Chinese markets and lanehouse communities are peppered throughout. Denizens of the Former French Concession can spectate a mahjong game on the street or get their bike checked at a tiny bike repair store on the way to their refurbished apartment tucked away among Chinese family homes.