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Shanghai History Museum

——Learn about Shanghai from Here

Contact:Wang Xiaoya


Address:No.325,West Nanjing Road, near North Huangpi Road, Huangpu District

Transport:No.325,West Nanjing Road, near North Huangpi Road, Huangpu District

Shanghai History Museum is the first landmark museum that comprehensively reflects the history of the city of Shanghai with a collection of about 110,000 items. After moving to the new site, it was officially opened to the public in March 2018.

The museum integrates new media and visual technology into its rich collection to provide an immersive experience of the profound history. The “Ancient Shanghai” exhibition hall reviews the city’s history from the beginning of the Neolithic period to the Ming and Qing dynasties, giving visitors a direct understanding about the changes in Shanghai’s topography and administrative divisions via the pottery and jade simulated by multimedia interactive installation and scene model. The “Modern Shanghai” exhibition hall mainly showcases the charm of Shanghai as the modern economic, cultural center in China and the birthplace of revolution. Its exhibits include precious cultural relics such as the bridal sedan chair with one hundred flashlamps made in the Republic of China that combines Jiangnan culture and Shanghai-style culture, the bronze lions in front of HSBC that is a witness to Shanghai’s century-old history, and the 4D demonstration of a cotton cleaner made by Daobaisheng, a British textile machinery manufacturer, in 1895. In the back hall, visitors can take a Shanghai dialect “test”, listen to the songs of 100 schools in Shanghai and fully experience the history and culture of modern Shanghai.

The museum is located on the former site of Shanghai Race Club, which is one of the landmark buildings in the city. The 53.3-meter-high bell tower in the building is a regional symbol of the city. Being home to Shanghai Library, Shanghai Museum and Shanghai Art Museum successively, the site has witnessed the development and changes of urban buildings and cultural life in the past century. After protective renovation in 2015, the original appearance of the building was conserved to the greatest extent, and the public space attributes were further strengthened, making the building itself the most precious exhibit of the museum.

From August 27 to November 7, 2021, Shanghai History Museum and Guangzhou Museum jointly held the exhibition “Relics of Sea Trade - Products Exported by the Thirteen Factories Guangzhou in the Qing Dynasty”. Export products such as Guangzhou painted porcelain, silverware and embroidery made from the Qing Dynasty to the Republic of China reflect the important role of “Maritime Silk Road” in cultural communication between China and foreign countries. More than 50 of the 112 exhibits are displayed for the first time.

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