Shikumen Museum, Shanghai

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Neighborhood: Xintiandi
The refurbishment of a block of old shikumen into a carless entertainment center called Xintiandi, filled with restaurants, shops and bars, turned this area below South Huangpi Road into one of Shanghai’s most fashionable areas. Luxe condos house people who can afford the high-end brands that fill the malls and shops along Madang Road. The pleasant Taipinghu Park provides the area with green space and is also home to Shanghai Fashion Week twice a year. It’s not all glitter and glamour, though, as the rise of Danshui Road has given the Xintiandi area a shot of toned-down character. Small bars and cafes, mostly owned by locals, have people hanging out in a formerly quiet, unassuming part of the neighborhood.
How to get there
  • Huangpi South Road • 5 min walk
  • South Huangpi Road • 5 min walk
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John T
Shanghai, China688 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Very nicely preserved old townhouse in a bustling part of the city. It’s like stepping back in time and also an oasis of quiet in a very busy area. There are audio guides in each room in English and Chinese which give a great snapshot of life and how the rooms were used. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written January 1, 2020
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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA854 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
The small museum is in fact a renovated, typical Shanghai house from the 1920's ("wulixiang" means home in Shanghai dialect and "shikumen" means stone-gate and is the Shanghai equivalent of Beijing's typical yard-surrounded house called "hutong"). The house has eight exhibition rooms stretched over three floors: the living room, the study room, the master bedroom, the daughter's room, the son's room, the kitchen, the grandparent's room and the prayer room, each containing pertinent items of the era: children's books, photos, kitchenware, furniture, toiletries, etc. It's a pages of the city's past and a quiet island in the hustle and bustle daily life of the modern Shanghai.
Written July 25, 2019
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RiBrown74
Indianapolis, IN404 contributions
Nov 2019
The museum is decorated as it would have been in the old Fench Concession. It is easy to imagine how the multi-generational family, and a boarder, wouid live.together. It doesn't take long to visit, but well worth the time and admission fee.
Written November 30, 2019
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sureshbabu2017
Shanghai, China97 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
Visitors interested in Shanghai's History and Culture should not miss this museum. Located in Xintiandi, this musuem provides a real experience of living in a Shikumen house in the 1920 - 30s Shanghai. Pay attention to the collections and the photographs on the wall.
Written December 6, 2017
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Petales88
Shanghai, China102 contributions
Mar 2014 • Family
I find it really fascinating the history of the shikumen houses in Shanghai and the renewal of the Xintiandi neighbourhood. It's interesting visiting an example of what a house in those days may look like, and I enjoyed the posters with drawings made of the old trades too. Always made it a point to bring visitors there when I have guests. It's small and doesn't take too much time to visit, unless you linger over the posters and drawings too.
Written January 22, 2015
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rocco11221
County Cork, Ireland518 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
Lovely cultural and historical house. It's quite small really but it's set up so that you get a good sense of what houses in Shanghai might have looked like in the past. Cool for a short walk around...maybe 20minutes.
Written January 5, 2015
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Sandeep B
36 contributions
Apr 2014 • Solo
The Shikumen Building -- The Shikumen Building was constructed in mid-1800, and is a combination of Chinese and Western architectural styles. In the early 1900's, it was residential buildings of Shanghai citizens. The building represents modern Shanghai history and culture. However, with the development of the city, the formerly glorious Shikumen gradually faded out the historical stage as it could no longer satisfy people's demands of residence. Thus, the idea of rebuilding Shikumen buildings was launched in 1997, by the developer of Shanghai Xin Tian Di.
Written April 13, 2014
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Godsent007
Abuja, Nigeria535 contributions
Oct 2013 • Friends
It was always refreshing learning from seeing things and reading about the past when you go to a museum. This museum is at the Xin Tian Di area. It is a museum of a traditional Chinese Shanghai residence. Going from room to room showed one thing, this must have been the residence of a more than rich gentleman and his family. From the sitting area for guests to each of the rooms and the kitchen all the tools and home implements were interestingly simple and ingenious. I particularly liked the ancient looking sewing machine definitely a tool of a rich aristocrat's wife of that time. One thing missing in this lovely ancient home was the toilet and bathroom. Don't forget to ask how they did it and wait for the interesting answer (I wont tell now so you don't lose all the flavor before a visit). This museum definitely tells an important story of the Shanghai past, if you visit the area, it wont be a bad idea to visit too.
Written October 20, 2013
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Irina S
13 contributions
Dec 2017
Great cosy museum and it works till 11pm, I’m sure that 20 is not such a big deal. Take your time and explore the house. I was alone there so I felt like I get back in time.
Written December 9, 2017
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Col20
Greater Sydney, Australia268 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
The interior of the building is very interesting and the old furnishing are lovely. In the gallery room, where the art works are on display, there is a wonderful video outlining the history of the Xintiandi area and how the Shikumen houses came to be saved from demolition. The video follows the story of a young girl whose grandmother reminisces about the old homes, the video won a Film Festival award. It is well worth watching.
Written August 27, 2017
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