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“New kind of experience in museum but a bit remote in location”

Shanghai Museum of Glass Park
Ranked #155 of 1,329 things to do in Shanghai
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

It is a newly built project within the area of Changjiang road. The building looks modern and stylish. It was also our first to visit a museum about glass.

The location is a bit remote I would say. The 'closest' metro station is Tonghe Xincun station, which takes 40 mins by walk! Most likely tourists would come over by taxi... The location is totally not close to the center, it took us like 30 mins by taxi... Besides, the neighborhood is full of industrial factories that no shopping mall nor sightseeing points to check out. That means except visiting the Glass Museum, there's indeed nothing going on nearby. So it is purely coming over to visit the museum (if you are so into glass).

Entrance fee is reasonable, it was like RMB 20. However, souvenirs and dining aren't cheap. They are quite costly.

The overall distribution and exhibition are quite impressive, stylish and inspiring. It definitely worths a visit.

There are several performances about hot glass and flame-working, as well as the DIY workshop. So if you are interested in any of them and wanna join them, better go on its website to check the time slot before planning your visit.


Cheers

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

It is a well organized smaller museum experience for the whole family. Kids are much part of the scene. There are demonstrations, presentations and interactivity with the exhibits: hot glass blowing, cold glass cutting, etc. The interior is a bit disorientating with many mirrors and black background. However, come see the cool glass exhibits and shininess and stay for a good cup of coffee upstairs at the cafe. It is a bit out of the way. Take metro to Tonghe Xicun stop, take east bound buses on Changjiang Road past the canal, past all the auto marts. Make sure to map it for clear location and be NOT confused with the Shanghai Glasses Museum. This is elsewhere.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Interesting museum, totally different to what you normally fine in China. The exhibit is great for kids and adults alike, the cafe offers a decent cappuccino and unexpected good pasta. They have several shows and workshops, like glass blowing, etc.. Interesting are their special exhibitions and lectures. Even if it is a bit of a ride (by taxi from downtown 30 minutes) you can easily spend 3-4 hours there, which makes up for it.

2  Thank CYTT
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

I've visited Shanghai multiple times for business and have seen many of the touristy sights -- see those before making the trek to this museum. I was staying in Pudong so it was quite a taxi ride for me....make sure your driver knows where the place is becuase mine got lost...not badly, but he couldn't drive straight there.

The entrace cost is modest. 60RMB for me to see their standard exhibition and the new feature exhibit, "Keep it Glassy". I found the "Keep it Glassy" a bit too "artsy" for me with several installations which were very similar. Skip it if you want to save a few RMB.

Check the demonstration times before you go or when you get there. You really don't want to miss the "Hot Glass Demonstration". Get there early to get a seat (and pick one slightly to the right of centre when looking at the stage). The demonstration is only in Chinese, but, it's not too hard to figure out what's going on. They did two different techniques: a solid glass Swan which was shaped from molten glass; and a vase which was blown and then shaped and handles added. Pretty cool. This was a better demonstration than I'd seen elsewhere (Cape Cod USA, Halifax Canada).

Also, be aware that you're limited to carrying a very small bag...my knapsack was too big and they turned me back...there are free lockers in the lobby for storing your stuff, but they're not large...my pack barely fit.

The main exhibit has some very interesting displays of historical glass works and explains the history of glass and a bit about the basics. The signage is written well and in English. Unfortunately, they etched it into the glass which makes it a bit hard to read in places. Still, compared to other museums in China, this one is very good for Anglophones. In the main hall there's also a glass working bench...check times for those live demo's too -- unlike the hot glass demonstration, this one has no commentary, just a guy working that you can watch.

Up stairs in the main hall are some very interesting pieces of art.

The Keep It Glassy exhibit is in a separate building. There was a bit of construction -- I think they're expanding. This exhibit didn't turn my crank...it was OK, but was too much of the same thing; not enough colour; etc. There were a few videos which I found more interesting than the glass work itself.

There's a Do-It-Yourself building too. Only the little kid's section where your child can paint a glass sculpture was open. However, from the videos I saw, there were DIY workshops for teens and adults too as some times.

Over all, it was well done. For comparison, I visited the Corning Museum (many years ago) and I recall that it had more hands-on exhibits than this museum.

-david

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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Obscure location in Baoshan may not be the ideal place but make the effort and you will be pleasantly surprised at the sophistication and variety. The history of glass is told through interactive displays with explanations in English and Chinese.

Check the times of glass blowing demonstrations, you can re-enter the museum to finish your tour later if it is half way through. Then there is glass painting for kids and glass fusion activities making this a family museum.

Cafe on the 2nd floor offers drinks and snacks at very reasonable prices and there a gift shop to spend any extra money in your pocket. We spent about 3 or 4 hours in total without doing the glass fusion but we will go back and do that another day.

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