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Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre
Ranked #10 of 1,303 things to do in Shanghai
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed July 23, 2013

not sure if there is an element of shame at play, but this part of history could be displayed much more effectively, telling a much more powerful story of the power of propaganda and the part it played in shaping this multi-faceted culture

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

I have been in China many times and on my last visit I wanted to take a short guided tour in the Shanghai FFC area. I contacted a tour guide (Jean Lu & Darren was my guide) and she helped me with a plan for the day. One stop on our walking tour was Sun-Yat Sen's former residence, but since I recently visited Nanjing and the memorial there I wanted to replace it with something different. Jean reccomended the poster museum and I am glad I decided to go for it. This is a place to go to if you are interested in Chinese modern (read communist) history. I had a guide who helped me find it. The museum in iteslf is very modest so don't expect something fancy. But the exhibition, which is oraganized in chronological order, is great and gave me a whole new perspective on how the Chinese authorities viewed the west and what important "plans" that were put in place by government to close the gap to the western world. There are explanations of most of the posters in English but Darren also gave it an extra dimension by sharing his own and his family's experience from this these years.

In addition to the museum there is a gift shop where you can buy most of the posters as reproductions; very well made.

If you have been in China a few times and done the basics of Shanghai, this is a highly reccomended visit. Apart from transportation it takes you around an hour to go through the exhibition.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

This museum may be hidden away in the basement of an apartment building, but it is not to be missed. I've gone back twice and will certainly go back again before my time in Shanghai is over. Well worth the 20rmb entrance fee. The owner speaks excellent English and so can answer any questions you have. He also has a great collection of original posters and books. Also, if you want a print of any of the posters in his collection, he'll do it for you!

3  Thank yellowcard8807
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

All these reviews say hard to find, which is true, but few give you any useful directions, so here goes! Take the subway (line 2) to Jiangsu Lu and use exit 4. Leave the station and turn left following the road to the left at the lights. Walk down this road, go straight on across the large footbridge and continue till you can see the Radisson Blu Hotel right in front of you. Turn left onto Huashan Road and walk about 500m, you will see a small supermarket and an ICBC bank on your left. Immediately after this is the entrance to the President Residences, the museum is in the basement of building B, as you enter the residence area the security will give you a little piece of paper to guide you to the building. You will see no signs at all until you arrive at the basement of building B.You really feel like you are trespassing into some private residences, but it really is worthwhile, the artwork on display here is unique and the museum owner is very approachable and knowledgeable about Chinese social history of the 20th century. The gift shop is pretty cool too. Thoroughly recommended.

11  Thank MattwalesNorthWales
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

This museum is tucked away in a basement of an apartment block, but if you have any interest in China's recent past, it's well worth a visit. The guy who runs it is clearly an expert and was very friendly, giving us a short introduction to some of the pictures. It's in chronological order, so it's interesting to see how the narrative changes over time. Also there's a small shop where there are some original and reproduction pictures and many of Mao's Red Books available to buy.

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