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Shanghai History Museum

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People’s Square
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Address: No.1 Shiji Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 200122, China
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Phone Number: 021-63723500
9:07 am - 5:02 pm
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Best planned and executed museum in the city-my favorite

This is my absolute favorite museum in Shanghai. It's designed so that it sparks an interest for those who wouldn't usually be interested in history and digest and easy to digest... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is my absolute favorite museum in Shanghai. It's designed so that it sparks an interest for those who wouldn't usually be interested in history and digest and easy to digest even for kids. Everything is very visual and interactive, from statues and life-size mannequin re-enactions of people's lives, great props and costumes, real cars and great miniature models of... More 

Thank RajahLove
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the museum, down below the Oriental Pearl Tower only, and found it to be a fascinating walk complete with many dioramas and animations. This museum is clearly under utilized by many who only fvisit the Tower, but is accessed with a separate admission if desired. It is great for all ages, and a nice escape from Shanghai humidity!

Thank Susan A
Munich, Germany
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40 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all, the museum is located in one of the most crowded and touristy areas of Shanghai, in the Oriential Pearl Tower. The museum itself is more like walking through a movie set with lots of re-imagined scenes from ancient China. The actual information-value is close to nil. It felt more like a tacky tourist attraction than a real... More 

Thank John S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Included in the entrance fee for the Oriental Pearl Tower (see my review which also covers this museum). Not to be missed as it takes you through Shanghai's history and the not do good British influence.

Thank Chris_from_Essex
Shanghai Region, China
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23 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good museum - life size models of people (waxworks stiff) portraying different positions regards city life in Shanghai last few decades/hundred years.... Top Tip: - try to avoid busy time - when there are people swarming over Pearl Tower Bit hard to find the first time - it's the the BASEMENT of Peal Tower... so walk PAST the ticket office... More 

Thank henricuspeters
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A relatively inexpensive alternative to the other busy and more exciting locations within the Oriental Pearl tower. The wax figures displayed examples of local life from the 1800's and 1900's. Nothing described the history of the Dynasties so crucial to Chinese development. Not a comprehensive history museum by any means, but still interesting. The video clips from the 1900's had... More 

Thank jdbets
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice way to learn about the history of Shanghai. Much different than what I expected - but good! I'd recommend it especially on a hot or rainy day. Nice shopping at the end.

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Shanghai, China
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41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After seeing the Oriental Pearl Tower and having enjoyed the view and experience we went into the museum. The ticket also gives you excess to the museum which is a nice extra activity to finish the visit with. Some parts are really interesting and very well made. Of course not everything was as impressive, but it is incredible to see... More 

Thank sorayaaaa93
Fareham, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This forms part of the entrance fee for the Pearl Tower. Accessed on the way down from the viewing platforms. Lovely museum going through the life of Shanghai.

Thank Paul_02_2013
Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

The museum and its displays are very informatve of this fascinating city but the wax figure displays reminded me of history museums from the 1970's and 80's. Probably not something I would take young kids to see.

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People’s Square
People’s Square brings with it all the excitement you would expect from the town square of one of the biggest cities in the world. The area around People’s Square and People’s Park is always a abuzz with activity. Oceans of local and foreign tourists flow in and out of the area every day to see grand museums, go shopping and eat at some of Shanghai’s most storied food centers. Shanghai residents, meanwhile, live and work in the many residential and office high-rises. While much of Shanghai stays busy late into the night, this really is an area that never sleeps with glitzy nightclubs keeping people up until the wee hours of the morning.