China Maritime Museum

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Very good

Dai Lebo
11 contributions
Impressive museum.
Feb 2021
I was very surprised at the quality of the museum—world class. High quality exhibits, bilingual English and Chinese descriptions. The subway (line 16) to Dishui Lake is long but convenient. The museum is a 20 minute walk, or a quick taxi ride. I wish there were more rental bikes outside.
Written February 13, 2021
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John T
Shanghai, China688 contributions
Amazing museum but a little out of the way
Aug 2019
The museum is interesting and a fun destination for all the family. There is plenty to do and so much to see. There are a number of hands-on experiences which were interesting and staff around to help. There should be something for everyone and if you have any interest in ships or seafaring, then you will enjoy. The location is pretty distant and it will take you an hour on the metro from Longyang Road, plus maybe 10 mins by taxi to the museum. 10 minutes up the road (by taxi) is a small restaurant complex with a range of outlets if you want more choice than is offered at the museum.
Written August 26, 2019
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Mike X
Chicago, IL1,835 contributions
Well curated museum but a long way from central Shanghai
Mar 2019 • Solo
You have to love boat design and history to come here considering how far it is from downtown. That being said, you can take a subway to the Dishui lake and take a cab to this place. Very well designed exhibits showing you the construction and design choices employed throughout the ages in terms of boat design. Only museum I've seen like this so I really enjoyed it. They have free tour guides (in Mandarin) every couple of hours.
Written May 4, 2019
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Chris P
Shanghai, China4,924 contributions
If you like maritime things, go
Dec 2018 • Solo
I rather enjoyed walking around the museum. There were plenty of interesting things to see, both old and modern and they are well displayed. Check the opening times before going, as it is a long way out - you can take line 16 to get there.
Written December 3, 2018
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Fuerth, Germany184 contributions
Impressive exhibition...
Apr 2018 • Family a remote location. Not recommended for tourists staying only some days in Shanghai. But for residents a good chance to leave the busy city. Beside great architecture of the museum itself, large scope of maritime ‚learning‘. Almost all descriptions bilingual (Chinese/English).
Combine the trip with a nice walk through the park at the Crowne Plaza Hotel - less people even on weekends. We did enjoy it.
Written April 1, 2018
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Rob from Atlanta
Atlanta161 contributions
Amazing Place
Mar 2018 • Couples
I rated this place a 5 because there is so much to see that everyone should have a great experience here. I am not particularly interested in how old Chinese boats were made and the tools they used but a lot of people were very interested. I really enjoyed seeing a 3 story ship engine next to electric generators, air compressors, boilers, etc. Just like being inside a real engine room complete with the control room. Then there was the deck with all the controls. I was very interested in the display that showed the construction of a supertanker. There are models of hundreds of ships. There is a simulator that will allow you to load and unload containers off a ship. This place is the real deal. One suggestion. We should have taken a break sooner. There is a large area where you can sit and enjoy something to drink or a snack. If we did this over again we would take a break after 2 hours and not wait until 4 hours. There were many children here and they seemed interested. I watched one man teaching his son how a ship turns by the rudder. The trip from the center of Shanghai to the museum took about 1 hour and 45 minutes. We did take a long walk by the beautiful lake. When we got off the train we just walked straight towards the huge waterfall and up the huge escalators and we popped out on the edge of a huge lake with a beautiful walkway. My suggestion is go early and plan to spend the entire day. Lunch was at KFC for us.
Written March 25, 2018
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Columbus, IN1,004 contributions
Unique museum of China's maritime history
Nov 2017 • Solo
This large museum is way out on the outskirts of the greater Shanghai metro area near the large artificial Dishui Lake. Fortunately, it is accessible via the city's subway system as the last stop on Line 16, but it'll be a hour long ride through some fairly uninteresting landscape from Shanghai proper. Even when you get to the station, it is another 20 min walk through a fairly mundane commercial district to finally get to the museum with it's distinctive twin sail roof. However, if you are interested in the maritime history of China, it is worth the trip.

Inside the museum there are several galleries covering everything from the basics of ship design (from various bow and stern shapes, props, engines, etc.) through Chinese maritime and naval history. All the items on display have both Chinese and English labels (although the English translations are on occasion somewhat curiously worded). The Hall of Chinese Navigation History on the first floor is perhaps the most interesting gallery as it covers the impact of the ships on the development of Chinese culture, trade, etc. Sadly, the conservation people seem to have won a major battle to keep light levels at the bare minimum to preserve the many fascinating artifacts on display with the result that many are really hard to see. A lot of early Chinese naval history is packed into the last section of this wing - the modern Chinese navy is covered in the Hall of Navy on the second floor through a series of impressive large scale models of various Chinese frigates,guided missile destroyers, etc. There is also a large gallery on what is effectively the Chinese Coast Guard, including its lifesaving/rescue mission, system of lighthouses, etc.

This fall the museum is enhanced by a temporary exhibit on China export artwork from the 18th and 19th century. This covers Chinese porcelain, lacquer work, ivory, silver, etc. made specifically for the export trade during this period. This exhibit is right next to the navigation hall mentioned above and complements it very nicely.

A 4D movie theater and planetarium are also available (although we didn't have time to partake of either of them) as is a small cafe and a couple of gift shops. Unfortunately, the latter is mainly stocked with trinkets with few books (even in Chinese) available to complement the museum's exhibits (e.g., we saw a catalog of the temporary export exhibit displayed at the end of the gallery, but sadly it does not appear to be for sale in either of the gift shops - unfortunately the staff's command of English and our poor command of Chinese prevented us from figuring out how and where a copy could be obtained).

Overall, you can spend an enjoyable couple of hours looking through the museum's collection.
Written November 6, 2017
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Jonathan B
Savannah, GA42 contributions
Long way but worth it!
May 2017
This museum is a long way from anywhere in Shanghai, but if you are interested in ships or naval history, this place is for you! The centerpiece is the large junk, but there are lots of other historical and contemporary marine/ship exhibits. The museum itself is another of Shanghai's architectural beauties. It's about a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute cab ride from the subway stop (last on the line) but no signs or markings, so keep your map or phone handy. There are some restaurants within a short walking distance towards the lake; not much in the museum itself.
Written May 17, 2017
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Tamara S
Herndon, VA214 contributions
Looooooong Trip Out to Another Great Shanghai Museum
Apr 2017 • Family
Oh how I wish I had visited on a beautiful blue sky kinda day - but it was blustery and cool and overcast and I totally missed the water view of the building. Nonetheless despite the loss of pictures of the architecture of this building against a blue sky it is the inside exhibits worth the visit. The actual Chinese junk set right in the middle of the museum is a highlight of course - the carved wooden deck is a thing of beauty - but the whole place is full of good displays of all kinds of Chinese boats and shipping and maritime history in general. Plenty of English information including a very nice museum brochure. Lots to keep my 5 year old engaged and entertained. We arrived a little after 2 pm on a Saturday and there was already a sense of ushering people to leave before 4. We stayed the night at the Crowne Plaza hotel nearby (designed by the same architectural firm as the famous Burj al Arab hotel in Dubai), which was a good choice for us as it took about 2 hours from the center of old Shanghai (Portman Ritz Carlton) one way.
Written April 9, 2017
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427 contributions
Very cool and complete
Aug 2016 • Solo
The China Maritime Museum at Dishui Lake is very cool; Excellent actually. There are many exhibitions ranging from ancient relics to modern containerships. There are many, many scale models of ships to enjoy and there also is a full scale replica of a Ming Dynasty merchant junk boat which you can walk on the deck.

You can stroll around just looking or get an audio guided tour which lasts about 2-hours. English descriptions are all about and well done.
Written August 30, 2016
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