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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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A Chinese friend who lives in Shanghai took me to this museum today. I only had one day with her and this is what she thought I would most enjoy. I love having someone else make... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A Chinese friend who lives in Shanghai took me to this museum today. I only had one day with her and this is what she thought I would most enjoy. I love having someone else make the decisions for me! There wasn't a lot of material to read in the museum, just a lot of interesting things to see. The... More 

Thank sisterandersen
Taupo, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did it in around 2 hours as our guide was on a mission! Its very good but i'm sure not everyone's cup of tea. I loved it and my wife enjoyed the pottery. One of those must see things

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Somerset West, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like history you'll need a whole day to explore this museum.Their bronze, porcelain and Chinese painting exhibits are particularly well done and I would suggest dwelling at every single exhibit for at least an hour each.Go early in the morning on a Monday. No one was there! No line! Start from the top & work down.Can't beat the... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As city history museums go, this one is not great, but it is still worth your buck and your time. It is located on the bottom floor of the Oriental Pearl tv tower, in the middle of a kind of mall - buy a ticket for the museum outside, at the entrance of the tower. What is most striking about... More 

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Miami, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting museum a must when visiting the Pearl TV Tower scenes of Shanghai from the 16th century until today very well presented.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was there with a group of friends, spent a nice afternoon. It is great that the entrance is free and you have a place to leave your stuff. The only drawback is the long cue for the entrance.

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have passed a good time there. Amazed to see the hand portraits drawn by artists of different times. It s a colorful and clam place to spend quality time with family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

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 

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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.