Shanghai Museum, Shanghai
The most visited section of the City's Museum seems to be this area, with a very rich display.
I was particularly attracted by a demonstration of the successive operations used to build a bronze cup in the old days.
Since most Chinese museums seem to share the problems of Portuguese ones (a cold exhibition of "dead" artifacts) this display was a fresh and useful variation
A modern building in the noble area of Shanghai holds the city museum.
Its modern conception, separating the collections by themes, allows a clever distribution of the displays, easing the choice of the visitors, that may decide between a general observation or a detailed visit to any special area or subjet.
Being one of the two top sections of City's Museum, for us, coming from Xi'an, it didn't add much.
However, for a first approach to China, its wide collection, covering a large frame of time from the stone age, is very interesting, and easy to see, in a very well organized space.
This is one of Chinas top museums. It has collections spanning more than 5000 years of art and history, from Neolithic times to the 19th Century. There are collections in Bronze, Stone, Jade, porcelin, etc.
Admission is free and there is an extensive book shop and gift shop on the premises. In addition, you can rent a set of audio recorders in your language that describes some of the museums hilights.
The Shanghai Museum is often regarded as the finest museum in China. I think that it probably has few true rivals as museums is not a strong point about the country. For certain, the Shanghai Museum is the cultural highlight of the city and a must see for anyone desiring an insight into Chinese culture.
The Shanghai Museum is divided according to theme rather the more common method of sectioning off each gallery as according to dynasty. The advantage of this for most travelers, is that you can easily skip a section of the museum if a certain cultural aspect does not interests you (I just cannot get into calligraphy). However each gallery is extremely well displayed and it is worth taking the time to visit them all. I personally enjoyed the Gallery of Ancient Chinese Ceramics. I also found the Gallery of Arts and Crafts by Chinese Minorities to be quite fascinating especially in light of the fact that I had almost finished my journey through China and this gallery offered a great cultural overview of my experiences. The Gallery of Ancient Chinese Paintings is the best collection of Chinese painting that I saw in the country. The galleries feature sculpture and bronze works are also held in very high regard.
A visit to the Shanghai Museum will cost you Y20 which is a very low price considering the size of the collection. The museum is open from 9am to 5pm from Sunday to Friday. On Saturdays it is open until 8pm.
This truly is one of China's - and the world's - great museums. No expense has been spared, architecturally or with the exhibits - to create a stunning museum, most of which is fully labelled in Chinese and English.
This could take up more than a day, easily; longer if you have children who will just love it.
It is not all just 'techie' stuff: there is a lot on natural sciences, especially geography and geology and it has been designed to be educational as well as fun. So far, five themed areas have been opened -- Intelligence, Creation, the Future, Life and the Universe.
The museum cost US$210 million to construct, and was opened in 2001; it was designed by Chinese-American designer Liu Xiaoguan.
The complex includes an IMAX cinema and a big theatre as well.
Note that the museum is closed on Mondays, but possibly open on Mondays during public holiday weeks.
If you visit only one museum in China, make it this one. Its collections may not rival those of other museums (e.g. the National Palace Museum in Taipei), but it is an extremely user-friendly and well-organised place. I happily whiled away half a day here, admiring the largest Chinese bronze collection in the world. The building of the museum is in fact shaped like an ancient bronze food vessel, the ding. There is also a pleasant tea room within the museum, and the adjacent museum shop is very good for souvenirs (good quality but pricier than elsewhere) and books on Chinese art (in English as well as Chinese).
Open daily from 0900 to 1700. Entry to the museum is now free, except for special exhibitions (which usually cost RMB20).
This small museum is located opposite the Site of the First National Congress of the CPC in Xintiandi and is a sub-section of the main post museum located in the former post bureau building on the Suzhou Creek. This museum exhibits a small range of postal artefacts, photos and recreated displays.
I came here on a wet day and so, it seemed, did everybody else as it's a superb museum. Expect a lot of queuing and waiting around just to get inside. Anyway, the museum was opened in 1996 and is located in the middle of People's Square in the heart of the city. Designed by a local architect, the museum building is designed in the shape of an ancient, bronze, tripod cooking vessel called a ding. The museum has a collection of over 120,000 pieces, including bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture, jades, ancient coins, paintings, seals, sculptures, minority art and foreign art. It has eleven galleries and three special temporary exhibition halls.
Open: 9am-5pm every day. Admission: Free.
The Shanghai Museum has a pretty impressive collection of various paintings, calligraphy, bronzes, old coins and so on, stretching far back in Chinese history.
You could easily spend half a day there looking around. Very impressive indeed.
A modern museum full of Chinese history. The external features of the building itself is worth a checkout. The museum building is shaped to look like a giant pot with its chimney made to look like steam coming out. The museum has a large collection of antiquities from all over China. It is by far, the best museum I have visited in China.
This is one of the biggest and best museums in China. It is housed in a spacious, airconditioned building, which was completed in 1994.
There are rooms and rooms full of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, furniture, regional costumes, coins, seals, bronzes, jade, calligraphy and almost anything else you can think of that could possibly be in a Chinese museum!
Allow at least half day to see it all. It's not the sort of place you can take in on a whirlwind sightseeing tour.
Children & students Y5
The Shanghai museum is located in the centre of the City, with the main entrance located on the Peoples Square. The museum offers an excellent exhibit of most of the cultural relics from China.
Although not large, this 5 story building has dedicated floors to particular themes and periods in time.
Anne and I visited the museum three weeks before the Olympics and the ground floor of the museum was dedicated to the history of the Olympics.
This museum boasts 120,000 Chinese art pieces and archaeological findings. Permanent exhibits feature bronzes, ceramics and paintings, among other artifacts. Other facilities include a library with 20,000 books, a conservation laboratory and a lecture room. There is a gift shop on the first floor, a non-smoking teahouse and several antique and curio stalls. The building itself is an architectural showpiece, resembling an ancient tripod when viewed sideways. The rooftop with glassed dome is modeled on a Han Dynasty mirror.
This is a fantastic work of art - a white porcelain pillow from the Song Dynasty. It is designed like a house; you rest your head on the "roof", and underneath the roof is the house with fine details. You can see the stairs leading up to the house, the two doors (one of which is opened) and a person standing by the door. Simply Awesome!
Note: You are allowed to take photos of the exhibits inside the museum, but flash-photography is NOT allowed.