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Shanghai Museum

Created in the shape of an enormous traditional cooking pot, Shanghai’s premier museum serves up the finest of China’s ancient arts, cultures and philosophy.

The Shanghai Museum is located in People’s Square in the center of the city. The museum is divided into 11 galleries and three exhibition halls displaying ancient Chinese artifacts and art. Before entering the museum, notice the exterior design with its round dome and square base. This shape symbolizes the ancient concept of a round heaven and square land.

Wander through the galleries to see ancient bronzes, ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, sculptures, jade, coins and furniture from the various dynasties. The ancient ceramics collection is one of the most treasured collections in the museum. Examine more than 500 pieces from throughout the ages. Highlights include pottery from the Neolithic age and Tang Dynasty, primitive celadon from the Shang, Zhou and Warring states, and painted porcelain from the Song, Jin and Liao dynasties.

Make your way to the Gallery of Chinese Ancient Sculptures to see the collection of priceless Buddhist statues, many of them carved from jade. The Gallery of Chinese Seals is also worth a look. It illustrates the importance of seals through Chinese history, from the Western Zhou to the end of the Qing Dynasty. There are nearly 7,000 pieces on display in the gallery, including Chinese coins, demonstrating the growth of economic exchange between China and foreign nations.

The Shanghai Museum is open daily and admission is free, but visitor numbers are limited each day, so be prepared to wait in a queue. Allow at least 1.5 hours to see the main collections. To reach the museum, take the metro or bus to People’s Square station.

If you have time, the Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai Grand Theater and People’s Square are all close by and can be combined for a great day of history and culture.

Popular Activities at Shanghai Museum

Want to be certain to make the most of your time here? We've put together some of the most popular activities that will help you:

For even more things to do, peruse our Shanghai things to do page.


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Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre ¥12,105
Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

555 Middle Xizang Road, (Close to Nanjing), Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, People's Square, and The Bund. People's Square Station is only a 5-minute walk and Dashijie Station is 13 minutes.

    Grand Central Hotel Shanghai ¥13,045
    Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

    Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

    505 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nanjing Road Shopping District and Old Chinese City. The Bund and Shanghai Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). East Nanjing Road Station is 7 minutes by foot and Yuyuan Garden Station is 7 minutes.

      The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai ¥15,017
      The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai

      The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai

      88 Henan Central Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, The Bund, and Yu Garden. Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and Shanghai World Financial Center are also within 2 mi (3 km). Yuyuan Garden Station is 5 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 8 minutes.

        The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi ¥18,051
        The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

        The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

        No.99 Madang Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, Shanghai
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Former French Concession, People's Square, and Shanghai Museum. Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre and Yu Garden are also within 2 mi (3 km). South Huangpi Road Station is only a 4-minute walk and Xintiandi Station is 7 minutes.

          Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai ¥13,062
          Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai

          Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai

          No 282,Huai Hai Road Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Huai Hai Road Shopping District, People's Square, and Shanghai Museum. Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre and Former French Concession are also within 15 minutes. Laoximen Station is 7 minutes by foot and Dashijie Station is 9 minutes.

            Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel ¥11,210
            Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

            Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

            159 South He Nan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Town God Temple Snack Street, Yu Garden, and Old Chinese City. The Bund and Shanghai Old Street are also within 15 minutes. Yuyuan Garden Station is 10 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 16 minutes.

              Sofitel Shanghai Hyland ¥10,921
              Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

              Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

              505 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, Shanghai
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Shanghai, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, Shanghai Museum, and People's Square. Yu Garden and Former French Concession are also within 2 mi (3 km). East Nanjing Road Station is 6 minutes by foot and Yuyuan Garden Station is 8 minutes.

                Guxiang Hotel Shanghai (Howard Johnson Plaza) ¥10,618
                Guxiang Hotel Shanghai (Howard Johnson Plaza)

                Guxiang Hotel Shanghai (Howard Johnson Plaza)

                595 Jiu Jiang Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nanjing Road Shopping District and Old Chinese City. The Bund and Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park are also within 15 minutes. Yuyuan Garden Station is 9 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 10 minutes.