Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre

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Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre

Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre
Art Galleries • Speciality Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Changning
How to get there
  • Shanghai Library • 10 min walk
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Bangkok, Thailand128 contributions
Jun 2021 • Solo
Only writing a review to save you all the agony I went through trying to find this place. It’s moved locations and is now unmarked in a building where none of the staff who work there seem aware that the museum is there so I was sent the wrong way and none of the pins or addresses I found worked. Also at the old location which is the one you find in most places the staff there know it’s moved but didn’t have the forwarding address. If you are hailing a Didi taxi use this: 上海杨培明宣传画收藏艺术馆 and it will take you there to the new building. Building 726 (between two banks) -> go inside and turn right into building 726 -> take the lift to floor 7 and then finally you will see a sign for it. 25 yuan to enter. If that doesn’t work type in Hotel Nikko which is just down the road.
Written July 27, 2021
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Shanghai, China85 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
For 25 rmb, this is a really good value. The museum provides a unique view on history. It starts with shanghai posters from the 1920s, and then follows China from 1950 to 1997. Worth a visit!
Written July 13, 2020
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Doug C
Shenzhen, China291 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
First off, the place is difficult to find. Go to 726 builidng,and enter the entrance under the arch thing between the two banks. Turn right, and take the elevator to the 7th floor.

The museum is quite small, but we'll stocked. There are a couple of hundred posters perhaps to look at.

But, if you are a history nerd like myself, the gift shop is the star of the show. Original posters from the 60s... Original copies of the little red book in various languages, busts of Mao, old maps, old textbooks, old magazines... This place is a treasure trove, and will satisfy history buffs from a tiny budget of ¥150 for three copies of posters, to over ¥6k for rare originals, and everything in between.
Written October 3, 2021
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San Francisco, CA32 contributions
Dec 2019
As others have written, this place has recently moved. Google Maps had it listed under its old location (in the basement of some apartment complex) but that's not right anymore. The address listed here is correct.

No photos allowed in the museum, sadly, but it's well worth a visit. The posters all have translations of the captions into English (some in French, too) and many of them also have a few paragraphs of interpretation and context.

My experience is that Chinese people use the word "propaganda" unironically and without any hint of negativity that English-speakers usually do. Looking at these posters, some of which I'd seen in books before, I was amazed at how quotidian some of them are, and how powerful and striking others were as well. I certainly appreciated the view into a part of Chinese history that gets represented through a particular lens in US education. I also appreciated looking at what is openly labeled propaganda, and how that made me think about what we see in the US that is not so openly labeled propaganda (but is obviously and clearly analogous).

Take the time to visit this museum. It's got a great little gift shop where I bought far too many postcards, and they have a nice collection of books and even original copies of Mao's little red book in multiple languages. They also have posters of varying sizes for sale.
Written January 7, 2020
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Chengdu, China2,052 contributions
Jul 2013 • Solo
All these reviews say hard to find, which is true, but few give you any useful directions, so here goes! Take the subway (line 2) to Jiangsu Lu and use exit 4. Leave the station and turn left following the road to the left at the lights. Walk down this road, go straight on across the large footbridge and continue till you can see the Radisson Blu Hotel right in front of you. Turn left onto Huashan Road and walk about 500m, you will see a small supermarket and an ICBC bank on your left. Immediately after this is the entrance to the President Residences, the museum is in the basement of building B, as you enter the residence area the security will give you a little piece of paper to guide you to the building. You will see no signs at all until you arrive at the basement of building B.You really feel like you are trespassing into some private residences, but it really is worthwhile, the artwork on display here is unique and the museum owner is very approachable and knowledgeable about Chinese social history of the 20th century. The gift shop is pretty cool too. Thoroughly recommended.
Written July 17, 2013
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Nelson S
Drumheller, Canada41 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
Like all the other reviews have stated, I found this place hard to find. Unlike all the other reviews, I'm going to tell you exactly how to get there.

(Please rank this review as helpful if you appreciate the directions)

First, take the subway to Shanghai Public Library station. It's on subway line 10. Take Exit 1 outside. You'll see the library across the street on your right.

Keep walking straight out of the exit heading east on Huaiwai Road. You'll walk by Hooters (yes, really) and a park, both on your left. The park is quite nice. There were lots of flowers there when I visited.

You'll walk down Huaiwai Road for about five minutes until you hit Fuxing Road. Turn left onto the road. You're going to walk for a good 10-15 minutes down Fuxing. About a block in you'll see the Iranian Consulate on your left. That means you're on the right track.

Fuxing Road will eventually end, and you'll end up at a T intersection where Fuxing Road and Wukang Road meet. Turn right and walk another few minutes. You're heading right into the middle of a residential neighborhood. Keep an eye out for the museum's sign, which is on the left. From there the guards will tell you which apartment building to go to. The museum in in the basement of building 4.

Phew. Okay, onto the museum itself. It's located in a damp and ran down basement, which I actually thought added to the overall atmosphere. You'll see an array of propaganda posters from the 50s to the 70s, along with some older stuff from Shanghai's history before the communists took over.

Two major downfalls: first is the layout. The main part of the museum is well laid out. But when you get to the second half you're walking through hallways and what is clearly someone's office. There's a conference room with a bunch of posters in it too. My second issue was I thought the center could have done a better job talking about what was going on in China during that time. The posters are presented with only minimal explanation.

Oh, and you can't take photos. This is understandable. There's a well stocked and reasonably priced gift shop if any of the posters strike your fancy.

Overall it's a pretty decent place. I enjoyed my trip, except for getting lost on the way there. Hopefully my directions are helpful. Enjoy!
Written May 16, 2018
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Wellington, New Zealand74 contributions
Dec 2014 • Friends
This museum is a hidden gem in Shanghai and one of the highlights of my trip there. As others have said, it is hidden away in the basement of an apartment complex. I took a taxi to the the address (I would not have been able to find it myself). As taxi's are super cheap (if you can get one) it's much easier to get there rather than navigate your own way there. Once you get to the complex, the doorman will provide a card with directions on how to get through the complex to the museum.

The museum itself is very simple, - don't expect anything flashy but it gives you a fascinating insight into a period of chinese history from the 1950's - 1970s during the height of communism and Mao Zedong, with original posters from that era. There is another section with original 'Shanghai Lady' posters.

If you want to buy your own piece of history, you can in the small gift shop at the end of the exhibition, along with posters or your own authentic 'little red book'? (which seems a little weird, but i guess someone out there might want to buy one).

If you're interested in finding out more about the history or china or wandering around near the French Concession area, I thoroughly recommend going to this museum and as it is small won't cut into your valuable shopping time.
Written December 15, 2014
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Singapore, Singapore12 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
An impressive collection of art that displays the perspective of the CCP during the Mao era and his cult of personality as well as its views on imperialist power and on
Global events such as the vietnam war, Cuban missile crisis.

The museum has shifted to a new location. I've uploaded the flyer provided to me by the security guard at the old location.

Definitely worth a trip if you're a history buff!
Written December 5, 2019
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Tiarna G
Sydney, Australia55 contributions
Jul 2018
A little difficult to find (it’s in the basement of an apartment block), however it’s well worth it. There are little signs (PAC) around that direct you to the right building, and people nearby are generally helpful - do have the location written down, it makes it so much easier to get to.
Take a bit of extra cash if you’re interested in purchasing a souvenir (including originals).
This place will interest most people - those who are interested in history, art, politics...
I’d also recommend taking the opportunity to walk the streets of Shanghai following this visit if you have the time (I spent the day walking to other sites including the French Concession and Tianzifang after visiting Shanghai Propaganda PAC in the morning).
Written July 6, 2018
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Shanghai, China61 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
After 4 years in Shanghai, we FINALLY made our way over to this little gem. As the reviews state, it's not a huge location - which will take you about an hour or so to browse through, however, it's not at all hard to find. When you get to the compound entrance (President Mansion Apartments) just approach the guard, he'll give you a little card with a perfect map to help you find Building B. The chronologically arranged posters are amazing, and the owner, Mr. Yang Pei Ming speaks flawless English and greets you at the museum entrance..the collection is fascinating and each section if carefully curated with a detailed explanation in English and Chinese of notable highlights. Truly a brilliant exhibition of a war with words.
Be sure to take some time to browse in the gift shop - hundreds of replica posters, postcards, books and other memorabilia to choose from.
Written May 7, 2017
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