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Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

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Address: 62 Changyang Road, Shanghai, China
Name/address in local language
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+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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Shanghai Jewish refugees museum and walking tour of Jewish area

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

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 November 28, 2016

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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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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