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Address: 62 Changyang Road, Shanghai, China
Name/address in local language
Phone Number: +86 21 6512 6669
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum contains the site of one of only two...

The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum contains the site of one of only two synagogues in Shanghai, the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, along with two exhibition halls. Volunteers offer informative tours of the museum.

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Best sightseeing in our 2N stay in Shangahi.

We were staying at the Sunrise On the Bund Hotel, which was just 10 mins walk away from the Museum. After breakfast, we strolled there. Tickets were RMB20 each, and the gentleman... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying at the Sunrise On the Bund Hotel, which was just 10 mins walk away from the Museum. After breakfast, we strolled there. Tickets were RMB20 each, and the gentleman selling the tickets spoke English. They have English speaking volunteer guides, so do ask for one. It is a very small museum but packed with information. The volunteer... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What were the odds to find in Shanghai Jewish refugees from the Holocaust ? So far from Europe ? Actually 20,000 were saved from the gas chambers and the crematorium, right here, in this district of Shanghai. And it was thanks to 2 Righteous Among the Nations, one Chinese and one Japanese that despite their government orders delivered visas to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth taking a couple of hours out to visit this wonderful small museum. The attitude of the local Chinese to Jewish refugees fleeing Europe is an inspiration as well as the manner in which these refugees adapted to a completely foreign place. Boosted our faith in humanity.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found this place thru Trip Advisor. It is a good visit for a couple of hours with a nearby subway stop I did not know the story of European Jews who fled the Nazis and ended up in Shanghai For a Westerner it is interesting to read their comments about what was going on at the time as well... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum documents the little known story about Jewish refugees being welcomed to Shanghai and how the Chinese people accepted them and even protected them by offering food during rationed times. When many countries in the world turned their backs on the plight of Jewish Holocaust by the Nazi regime and then occupation by the Japanese, the Chinese people openly... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A small but powerful museum in the suburbs of Shanghai - a shrine to the fact that the Chinese were one of the few countries that took Jewish refugees from Europe in the late 30's. A great story of compassion and anti fascism in a well restored museum. The more recently added wall of names is amazing. Not just for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very small museum, but with lots of real people's stories of escape from Europe and settling in Shanghai due to the nazi regime during the late 30s and into 40s before Shanghai was invaded by the Japanese. Well worth a trip and also to see the old streets in the surrounding area which also give a view... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I am interested in the Jewish community and have long heard about its link with Shanghai. This museum was an eye-opener for me as it gave me the opportunity to see and "experience" the life of this unique community. The guided tour was short but well-run. The place is spotless! Even the toilet. There is no smell (that unfortunately is... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

it is a small but very well maintained museum, very informative, not crowded at all. what interests me the most is how the museum links this piece of history to the current regime, the Communist Party, and mentions extremely little of what the KMC government, also the Japanese government (who was controlling Shanghai until 1945) did in saving these Jewish... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

There is something that happens at an emotional level when you visit a place where thousands of refugees where saved from death. I was overwhelmed by the emotions when I walked through the Jewish Ghetto and museum. Its a worthy destination and an amazing story to learn. Its tough to critique the museum itself--its an old historic temple and now... More 

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History oozes out of every fiber of the city, but Hongkou is a particularly notable neighborhood. Shanghai was a safe haven for about 20,000 Jews during the Second World War, and traces of this heritage can still be found in buildings and park monuments. Historic foreign relations aside, this neighborhood throws you into traditional Shanghainese life without taking you too far away from the city center. Some of the city’s best-preserved, ancient longtangs (laneway communities) and shikumen (Shanghainese lanehouses) are still in use as actual residences here. If you like to be surrounded by local faces, Hongkou is a great area to spend your time in. The football stadium, Duolun Lu and the North Bund area await should you need some entertainment.
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