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Shanghai Museum


Phone:86-21-96968686 86-21-63723500

Address: 201 Ren Min Da Dao

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Transport: By buses 18, 23, 46, 48, 49, 71, 108, 112, 123, 127, 145, 574, 584, 802, 925, 934, or 952; By Tunnel lines 3, 4 or 6, or By Metro lines 1, 2 or 8, and get off at the People’s Square Stop

Created in 1952 and moved to its present building at the People's square in 1995, Shanghai Museum is a large museum of ancient Chinese art.

Embodying the ancient Chinese philosophic belief that the heaven is round while the earth is square, the new museum building with a round top and a square base looks both imposing and elegant. Housed here are 11 galleries designed for different kinds of exhibitions, and three exhibition halls for special shows organized every now and then.

Collected in this museum are more than one million pieces of artworks in over 20 categories, including 128,000 pieces of top state treasures. The bronzes, ceramics, calligraphic works, and paintings collected here are all of world reputation, while the coins, seals, jadeware, furniture of the Ming and the Qing dynasties, and the costumes, ornaments and arts of minority nationalities boast a special colouring of their own.

For years, Shanghai Museum has maintained its excellent relationship of cooperation with reputed museums in other countries of the world. In recent years, it has hosted a series of important exhibitions including the Exhibition of Rare Chinese and Japanese Paintings and Calligraphic Works; From Tizian to Goya: Collections of Prado Museum; Art and Kingdom: Assyrian Treasures Collected in British Museum; Three Hundred Years of American Arts; Paintings from Collections of the Uffizi Gallery,  Star of the North: Catherine the Great and the Golden Age of Russian Empire, Masterpieces of Ancient Chinese Paintings from the Tang to Yuan Dynasty in Japanese and Chinese Collections. In 2010 alone, the museum received 1.95 million visitors, including 400,000 from abroad. Since March 2008, it has become free to visitors. About 1.6 million visitors are expected for the year.

Opening time: All year round
Opening hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm (no entry after 16:00)
Admission fees: Free. Just queue up for admission

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