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“A Little Light But Fun”

Shanghai History Museum
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Private Tour: Zhujiajiao, Oriental Pearl Tower and Shanghai History Museum
Ranked #21 of 1,320 things to do in Shanghai
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Adrian, Michigan
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“A Little Light But Fun”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

This Museum depicts the history of Shanghai, which is a relatively new city by Chinese standards. The displays are not very detailed but they do give a nice visual impression of the city's history. As such, it gives a decent overview of the evolution of the city's culture. It is a great setup for the kids and it is worth taking the time to go through if you have any interest in history at all. It is good for what it is.

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Melbourne, Australia
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“Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

I like these types of museums, because they tell so much of the history of the city, from the early days. This is a well set out museum, although I had a feeling that the premises were only temporary. On entering, you just follow the trail through many rooms and turns, showing settings of times gone by, of how people lived, there shops, street life, models of the Bund, etc. There are a lot of realistic wax figures throughout the display that you half expect are actual people. I loved this museum, I did have limited time there and I could have spent a few hours easily.
Take your camera, photos are allowed.

Visited April 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Small and novelty based wax museum.”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Located on the basement level. Out of historical sequence wax figures depicting shops in old Shanghai. Somewhat interesting if already in the area.

Visited April 2013
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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“Head right down into the basement”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

The museum is located in the basement of the Pearl Tower. While everyone else pays an awful lot of money and stands in a very long line to ride halfway up the Pearl Tower, for about 35 RMB, you can visit the History Museum.

I've been there three times and it's great fun (if you like history museums). The dioramas are very detailed, the panoramas are intricate (watch the one that drifts from day to night), and it's overall a cool experience. It only covers history up to about 1945 though. I suppose they don't want to touch on... the mess that happened afterward.

Visited April 2013
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“Entertaining and instructive”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

This is a very neat museum, well worth a visit. It is easy to find and pleasant. It offers a very lively introduction to the ways of life in Shanghai in times past.

Visited March 2013
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