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Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

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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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Very good historical visit

It was very interesting to get the history of the Jewish experience in Shanghai. A thriving community pre WWII, it is significantly reduced but retains historical flavor and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was very interesting to get the history of the Jewish experience in Shanghai. A thriving community pre WWII, it is significantly reduced but retains historical flavor and relevance.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Call ahead for hours as they close intermittently. The audio visuals need some maintenance. A lot of upper floor devoted to Anne Frank. The wall of refugees is poignant. The museum does a good job of explaining the role China played in providing Jews refuge during WWII.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

A very informative tour - our guide was very knowledgeable and we came away with a much better idea of how wonderful the Chinese were to the Jewish refugees.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

There is an entrance fee, Do have the guided tour once there which is no extra cost and watch the film. We knew very little about this event in shanghais history, so it was an eye opener to us. Many thousands of Jew were given refuge in shanghai in the later 30's and onwards. The exhibition is well set out... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

The refugee museum was a fascinating visit that illustrated life by verbal testimonies & artefacts. The synagogue was beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

Very moving ! Very sad ! But interesting that this synagogue was saved for being part of the history of Shanghai ! Walking through what was the Jewish ghetto makes you realize that this area is vanishing and being replaced by the construction of skyscrapers !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

I had no idea how the people of Shanghai stood by the refugees trying to escape WWII. The story and information provided was fascinating. They do offer a tour in English which was very helpful. A well preserved picture of history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

Of course it's sad to see and hear what happened to the Jews during world war2 but at the same time is was very educational.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

The original synagogue is well preserved, in an attractive building. The interior is quite bare, with simple pews and an Ark with a dark red curtain, and you can glimpse the Torah scroll inside. There is a wall with the names of all the refugees who lived in Shanghai, where I found the names of my great aunts Gerda and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

The topic is interesting, but the implantation is dull, not adding substantial new knowledge. Many vital issues are not touched at all.

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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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