Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)
4.5
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
This elegant museum, opened in 1996, features eleven state-of-the-art galleries housing China’s international-standard exhibits of bronzes, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jade and Ming and Qing dynasty furniture.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Neighborhood: People’s Square
People’s Square brings with it all the excitement you would expect from the town square of one of the biggest cities in the world. The area around People’s Square and People’s Park is always a abuzz with activity. Oceans of local and foreign tourists flow in and out of the area every day to see grand museums, go shopping and eat at some of Shanghai’s most storied food centers. Shanghai residents, meanwhile, live and work in the many residential and office high-rises. While much of Shanghai stays busy late into the night, this really is an area that never sleeps with glitzy nightclubs keeping people up until the wee hours of the morning.
How to get there
  • Dashijie • 5 min walk
  • People's Square • 7 min walk
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  • Martian_Mike
    Shanghai, China12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    it is closed due to long services to public and need to be made over soon.
    just noticed to everybody, the museum has been built 25 years, and now it is making over. But still a good place to take shot and Nanjing road is not far away from it. Walk on the Nanjing road to East direction,you could be to Shanghai BUND.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 4, 2023
  • LillianT0928
    Shanghai, China16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shanghai Museum, Huangpu District
    Our kids came to visit and since it was raining outside, we decided to visit this museum. It was recently renovated (two-month project). Although I can speak Mandarin proficiently now, we received very good service in both English and Mandarin, throughout the museum. It is free to visit; however, we wanted to rent audio equipment, plus VR glasses. It was a phenomenal experience. Everything is automatic. Did not have to lift a finger to operate the devices. It cost about $16 CDN to rent both audio and VR. Your deposit is credited upon return of the systems. The museum is beautifully set up, and well, it was a good day spent. We gave ourselves three hours. It was about right. Note that there are washrooms on every floor (four floors). This is especially helpful for young children, and the elderly. Oh, there's a rooftop garden where one can enjoy the city views.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 19, 2023
  • David W
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant and relaxing
    Arrived as part of a tour group. Many signs are in English and Chinese. Reading the main signs on entry to each gallery sets the scene. As you approach some exhibits their lights come on so you can study them in more detail. Beautiful building with circular roof and square walls – yin and yang. I also liked the subtlety of the staircase an one side was mirrored by the escalator on the other side of the atrium.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 30, 2024
  • Orator11
    Singapore, Singapore7,333 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Some Galleries Were Closed
    It has been around ten years since our last visit and we were keen to see the exhibitions. Then, there was a wonderful exhibit showcasing the terracotta warriors. It was an interesting sight to see the building, which is in the shape of an old imperial wine cup traditionally used by the Emperor. Unfortunately, this time, three of the galleries were closed, and the exhibit on Leonardo da Vinci had just ended. Nevertheless, they still had similar galleries showcasing the clothing and jewellery of the minority groups in China, as well as calligraphy and Chinese paintings. We liked the wooden furniture exhibition. All in all, we spent on,y an hour here this time, due to the gallery closures. Entry is free via a QR code, and you need your passport. You can register at the booth outside near the souvenir store, and entry is then further round the corner at the southwest entrance. The nearest Metro exit is number 1, and the museum is closed on Mondays. There is another branch of the museum in Pudong.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 17, 2024
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travelling man
London, UK40 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If you are particularly interested in Chinese porcelain, caligraphy, jade, furniture, ethnic costume and art in general then this will be a must-see and you can spend hours here. If you're just looking for something to do it is a decent way to while away 60-90 minutes for free, though because of that it is always very busy. Audio guides are available which may add more, but I didn't use one so can't comment
Written February 5, 2020
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John T
London, UK686 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Admission is free and the museum is well laid out and fun to visit. There are plenty of different galleries and so you can pick and choose what interests you on the four floors of exhibits. Signage and commentary are available in English and Chinese.
Written January 5, 2020
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Gti
Oslo, Norway323 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This museum offers a broad collection of Chinese history. Study in detail everything from coins to seals. Calography, paintings, you name it. If you aren't a history nerd, you can get much out of this museum in 2 hours. Free admission.
Written January 4, 2020
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Indiajudd
Shanghai, China56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
its difficult to gain access with queues, checks, passport control etc and once inside 50% of galleries, shop are closed. You need to reserve a timeslot in advance - then entrance is free. Had i known all this, i would not have bothered. Anyway the open exhibitions are good with a modest amount of English explanation. Expect to be eyed up by officious guards throughout
Written September 13, 2021
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Haliza Ali
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
a must visit museum in Shanghai because it is free and has a lot of beautiful, intricate cultural exhibits that makes you amazed. It has about 4 to 5 levels that you can roam around. Since this is a free museum - please be early.

Note: if you plan to visit Shanghai Museum, other nearby attractions will be - People's Park, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center and Nanjing Pedestrian Street (all can be reached by foot)
Written March 8, 2020
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LillianT0928
Shanghai, China16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Our kids came to visit and since it was raining outside, we decided to visit this museum. It was recently renovated (two-month project). Although I can speak Mandarin proficiently now, we received very good service in both English and Mandarin, throughout the museum. It is free to visit; however, we wanted to rent audio equipment, plus VR glasses. It was a phenomenal experience. Everything is automatic. Did not have to lift a finger to operate the devices. It cost about $16 CDN to rent both audio and VR. Your deposit is credited upon return of the systems.

The museum is beautifully set up, and well, it was a good day spent. We gave ourselves three hours. It was about right.

Note that there are washrooms on every floor (four floors). This is especially helpful for young children, and the elderly. Oh, there's a rooftop garden where one can enjoy the city views.
Written December 19, 2023
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Daniel C
Middlesbrough, UK164 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Even though Shanghai is a young city by Chinese standards, this museum is still filled with history. You'll find traditional items such as carriages that were used to carry brides to their weddings, you'll see China's involvement in WW2 and how the city went from a seaside town to the largest city in the country. You can also go to the roof and enjoy the sunshine while getting a nice view of the surrounding area. A fun historical fact is that in 1975 the city opened its first 24 hour convenience store, and now it has huge shopping malls filling the streets.You can learn a lot about the cities young history and see some great artefacts, a great way to spend a few hours when visiting the city.
Written October 30, 2020
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Mark J
Victoria, Canada216 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
While we were very much looking forward to visiting. We showed up, and they were already sold out for that day and for the next day, so we returned two days later. The place is apparently VERY popular (even in winter), but when we went, we were sorely disappointed as most of the exhibits were closed.

Ancient Chinese Bronze Gallery, Chinese Seal Gallery, Ancient Chinese Ceramics Gallery, Chinese Currency Gallery, Ancient Chinese Jade Gallery, Display of Ancient Silk Road Coins, and more – these were all closed. A majority of the museum. What remained open (some art, some sculptures, some furniture, etc.) were not exhibits that interested us.

We indeed regret going. Don’t visit until you’ve verified that they actually offer the listed exhibits. Nearly all of the closed exhibits had been closed for months.
Written January 23, 2024
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Orator11
Singapore, Singapore7,333 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
It has been around ten years since our last visit and we were keen to see the exhibitions. Then, there was a wonderful exhibit showcasing the terracotta warriors.

It was an interesting sight to see the building, which is in the shape of an old imperial wine cup traditionally used by the Emperor.

Unfortunately, this time, three of the galleries were closed, and the exhibit on Leonardo da Vinci had just ended. Nevertheless, they still had similar galleries showcasing the clothing and jewellery of the minority groups in China, as well as calligraphy and Chinese paintings. We liked the wooden furniture exhibition.

All in all, we spent on,y an hour here this time, due to the gallery closures.

Entry is free via a QR code, and you need your passport. You can register at the booth outside near the souvenir store, and entry is then further round the corner at the southwest entrance. The nearest Metro exit is number 1, and the museum is closed on Mondays. There is another branch of the museum in Pudong.
Written May 17, 2024
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Kyle Ciulla
Beijing, China347 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Really great exhibits and antiquities. I really enjoyed the currency floor, and jade section. the calligraphy section was under renovation, but im sure it would have been amazing! lots of different sections of the museum, so you are not looking at the same things the whole time. Also it has English on the walls, so you can actually learn what you are looking at. Make sure to book tickets in advance!
Written May 8, 2021
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