Shanghai Film Museum

Shanghai Film Museum: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Shanghai Film Museum Reviews: 4/5

Shanghai Film Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
Known as the “Hollywood in Shanghai,” it was where the renowned Chinese movie studios, including Lianhua, Diantong, Xinhua, Kunlun, Wenhua, Haiyan, and Tianma, were successively born from the 1930s. On November 16, 1949, the Shanghai Film Studio was established here, which would become one of the three largest film production centres in China. Shanghai Film Museum was opened to the public in June, 2013 on the former site of the Shanghai Film Studio. Covering a total exhibition area of 15,000 m2, the museum is a major showcase of China’s film production that features integrated functions of display and interactive visiting experience, serving the needs of archival collection, academic research and public education.
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The area
Neighborhood: Gubei / Hongqiao / Minhang
West of Shanghai’s better-known business, cultural and entertainment centers, lies an expansive area of residential neighborhoods peppered with lifestyle pockets that have their own unique attractions. The schools have formed pockets of international communities throughout Gubei, Hongqiao and Minhang. Quite a few entertainment and shopping centers have built up over the years to cater to these communities. While living here means you are relatively far away from Shanghai’s usual hot spots, the large parks, spacious homes and proximity to great Japanese and Korean food keep the neighborhoods popular.
How to get there
  • Shanghai Indoor Stadium • 5 min walk
  • Shanghai Stadium • 8 min walk
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EtaTandela
Jakarta, Indonesia288 contributions
Unique
Dec 2019 • Couples
If you loves the history of films or fans of Chinese films, this is a must place to visit

But if you're not both, you will find this place too boring
Written October 28, 2020
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Karyn W
Kansas City, MO1,430 contributions
impressive museum about film
Jul 2018 • Family
My son really likes film and editing videos and our whole family enjoys movies, so we decided to check out the Shanghai Film Museum. We were glad we did, it's a very well done museum.

It's a rather large museum and has extensive displays that show a huge variety of aspects of the film industry. There are photos and info about actors and directors over the years. There are cool digital displays, mock scenes to show backgrounds and sets. There is a huge collection of machines used to create films, from cameras to flim cutters, and many more. There was a great section on creating models of people for CGI things too.

Most of the museum was looking at and reading about things, but there were some short films and some interactive areas as well. The lighting was good and it was a really cool place to check out. It had info on live action as well as animated films, with some fun displays around some cartoon movies (that I was unfamiliar with).

In the lobby of the museum was a Starbucks, where you can get free WiFi. Hours for the museum are Tuesday to Sunday: 9 am to 5 pm. Prices are 60 yuan for adults, 30 yuan for students and children (over 1.3 m tall) . Adults over 70 and children under 6 are free. There is also a small museum store.

Overall we really enough this museum
Written June 19, 2019
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richard k
Vienna, Austria2 contributions
Comprehensive film museum focusing on early Chinese film history.
Jul 2017 • Couples
Comprehensive film museum focusing on early Chinese film history. Offers some general (technical) movie background, but one should bring interest in Chinese film. Good English audio guide available.
Written July 19, 2017
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Tamara S
Herndon, VA214 contributions
Wonderfully Designed Chinese Film Museum
Mar 2017 • Solo
I am not sure what I was expecting but this film blew my expectations out of the water. A fabulous multi-media experience not just for film buffs but for those who enjoy Chinese history and can just appreciate a well put together museum experience. From when you enter the lobby - where on the ceiling hang props including jeeps and then the start of the museum on the 4th floor, where you, the guest, step onto a electric red carpet which triggers sensors starting camera flashes and clapping as you walk down the carpet, you are in for a visual treat. This museum covers everything from the celebrities (directors and stars and others involved in the film industry), the famous and ground breaking films, the filming equipment (film canisters and cameras and sound equipment), and how the different elements are put together - sound, music, film, even dubbing of foreign films. There are film clips and interactive displays and different types of dioramas. And almost everything in the museum is labeled well in both English and Chinese. Well worth the 60 RMB entrance fee. There is a Starbucks in the lobby! You can visit by either taking the metro to the Xiujiahui or Shanghai Indoor Stadium metro stops, i.e. you can take metro lines 1, 4, 7 or 9 and easily connect with several more!
Written March 5, 2017
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CYTT
Shanghai, China136 contributions
Modern museum with a Starbucks Coffee
Oct 2016 • Business
We revisited the museum recently and did not regret it. This museum is a good destination for a rainy afternoon with plenty of interactive installations and impressive exhibits. You don't have to be a film enthusiast to enjoy. They also have a small Starbucks in the foyer of the museum where staff of the nearby offices and studios (all related to film making) grab their latte. Nice atmosphere.
Written November 30, 2016
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JohnSydney2016
Sydney, Australia135 contributions
Detailed
Sep 2016 • Couples
This is a comprehensive museum with many different types of exhibits available in a convenient location.
Written October 10, 2016
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Kok Hoong Fong
Singapore, Singapore285 contributions
A Must-see for Movie Fans
Mar 2016 • Family
If you are a movie fan, you should come here to take a look.

The museum started the tour from the highest floor where you would be welcome like a superstar on the red carpet, complete with flashlights and applause. It is pretty amazing.

If you are a fan of Mainland China movies, you will relate to many of the exhibits here. I am a movie fan but back in Singapore we do not have much exposure to movies from Mainland China. I only recognise a few with international fame.

Still the presentation of the exhibits are state-of-art. It is definitely not my notion of what a museum should look like.

My favourite part is movie set with wax figures at the ground floor.
Written May 29, 2016
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ClerkenwellCutie
London, UK21 contributions
No expense spared but lacking in information
Apr 2016 • Couples
This is a huge space, several floors of glossy animated exhibits, screens and noise which many visitors will love. English translations for most exhibit descriptions. However for those interested in the technical detail this was a frustrating visit. An impressive selection of period movie projectors, editing machines, sound mixers, cameras and developing stations but no information at all about how the technology evolved between them. A sound and picture synchronisation machine said nothing about why sound was carried on separate spools to the pictures, or that it was later replaced by optical sound tracks in the redundant space on same strip carrying the images. A 4.0 stereo mixing desk with no explanation of mixing sound for film and what 4.0 actually means (quadrophonic stereo). Many displays contained a section of items with just one label e.g. 'camera' (no make, mark, date) or 'microphone wind protector', no mention of the mics themselves, which were also in the cabinet. This seems like a real opportunity lost to teach people about the history of dealing with physical film, the evolution of sound for film and how the moving image had evolved over time, pre-digital. Especially when so many working examples of the period equipment had been assembled in one place to bring the technical to life.
Written April 6, 2016
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Michael W
Montbard, France87 contributions
Interesting even without any knowledge of early Chinese film.
Sep 2015 • Couples
Really well designed museum. Excellent displays and hands on stuff for young and old. Most information is in English as well as Mandarin. Cheap to visit, good gift shop. Wish we had one as good in England
Written October 20, 2015
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admybf
Vancouver220 contributions
Cinephiles will love this museum
Nov 2014 • Couples
Not a dull moment (or exhibit) in this museum. You can easily spend a day here (as did we), all for about $10 U.S., and free for seniors. 99% of the exhibits, displays and even film excerpts have both Chinese and English captions/explanations. Convenient to get to, two blocks from a Shanghai Metro station.
Written December 5, 2014
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Shanghai Film Museum is open:
  • Tue - Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM