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“An absorbing exhibition”

Shanghai History Museum
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$79.00*
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Panoramic Shanghai In One Day Tour with Lunch
Ranked #20 of 1,312 things to do in Shanghai
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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“An absorbing exhibition”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

You walk down the old streets of Shanghai, listen to the sounds and feel as if your now in a different time. Very well worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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“interesting overview of shanghai's past”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

Having lived in Shanghai for over 10 years as a foreigner, this museum helped to connect many dots such as some old buildings I see while driving by or how some streets/areas became a shopping hub. If you like to look at real artifacts, then this is not the place for you. However, with its low entrance fee ($35 yuan pp), it is worth visiting if you have an hour to spend in the area. The museum has created many booths to imitate the different times in Shanghai's history and if you are familiar with the main streets and buildings in Shanghai, you will be able to relate to many of the exhibitions there.

Tips:
1) The museum is easily accessible via line 2 on the subway at the "Lujiazui" stop. Upon exiting the station, go up the bridge and you will get a nice view of the tower as well as other buildings. Meters run by many cabs in that area are not regulated and will result in much higher fares.
2) Visit the museum on a weekday to avoid the crowd. The chinese crowd also tends to love to take pictures of every exhibit

Visited October 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

Definitely worth a visit! This museum has a wonderful collection of furniture,jade, bronze, sculpture and chinese paintings. I question the authenticity of the porcelain collection though. For people who understand calligraphy it would be interesting to see that too. The building itself is also quite awesome and everything is beautifully layed out. Entrance is free!!

Visited October 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“Good for kids”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

This museum located at the base of the Oriental Pearl Tower, is a fun museum for kids as it depicts Shanghai's history visually. Though not fully chronological and focusing largely on the British and French impact on the city, it is a fun place to visit. We visited during Golden week (national holiday) and thus did not attempt to go up the tower. We still had to wait in huge crowds to get tickets for the museum but once we had them we were ushered through to the lobby like minor celebrities. Inside the museum we reached a historical teahouse display and were surprised to find we were able to buy local food - we felt like we were part of the museum!
Worth the low entrance fee if you want to get a brief historical overview of the city.

Visited October 2013
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Melbourne, Oz
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“Wonderful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

This museum was an 'afterthought' after our visit to the Pearl Tower (it is at the base of the tower) and What A Great Find it was! So much of the museum is 'real' with recreations of places and lots of statues to represent different stages in Shanghai's development. One can follow the emergence of Shanghai as a trading centre....and the influence of 'invaders', including Westerners, into their society. One could spend HOURS here if one is a history buff!

Visited September 2013
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