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Shanghai History Museum

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Address: No.1 Shiji Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 200122, China
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9:07 am - 5:02 pm
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Interesting political history

The most interesting thing about this museum is the complex relationship between China and its early colonisers. The bad (loss of sovereignty and control) and the good (trade and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The most interesting thing about this museum is the complex relationship between China and its early colonisers. The bad (loss of sovereignty and control) and the good (trade and development) are very well explained in the exhibition, with a nice combination of waxworks and video. Lovely stills photos too. No need to go up the tower with the masses -... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a small museum; however, it was pretty complete and display many historical development and timeline of the changes in Shanghai. Worth take an hour to go through it.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been here a couple of times after visiting the Oriental pearl tower. Great for kids as there are a lot of visual displays.easy to follow round and shows the history of Shanghai.

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Mississauga, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Situated on the lower level of the Oriental Pearl Tower, this museum makes good use of dioramas, street recreations, scale models, artifacts and period images to tell the amazing backstory of the city. If you visit this attraction at the start of your stay, you will greatly enhance your appreciation of the metropolis. The English signage is quite good but... More 

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Spent two sessions here and just amazed at the excellent manner each floor was set out and the stunning visual displays. Layer after layer of history presented by ceramics, metal, craft, fabrics, social and more. Such a logical and specific way to approach it. Showed the interaction with different groups over time. Could have spent days here and wished \i... More 

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Harare, Zimbabwe
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Reviewed April 10, 2017

The figures look so real its scary.... But its just a beautiful exhibition of chinese culture and way of leaving.... not the urban life no. Interesting for sure.

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Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

Interesting and informative. Educational. Detailed and long span of time with variations of "stories"

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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed April 3, 2017 via mobile

I took my grade 1 students on a field trip to this museum. I found that many of the exhibits had no written information about the items on display. I was guessing most of the time about what I was looking at. I would not pay to visit this museum.

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Reviewed March 11, 2017

Multi-media exhibit of Shanghai's history. Worthwhile visit to get a relatively quick overview of the city's history, Nice souvenir shop at end.

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Reviewed March 6, 2017

At the suggestion of our hotel rep at Ritz Carlton Pudong, we visited this museum at the start of our tour of Shanghai. It was a wonderful start to understanding the history of Shanghai and how it became one of the important international cities of the world. The displays are excellent, with many interesting models and interactive exhibits. Well worth... More 

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