6 Popular Museums in Shanghai You Must Visit

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Shanghai is home to hundreds of museums but there are some that you must not miss when on a trip to the largest city of China. If you are planning to visit Shanghai anytime soon, here are our best picks for museums in Shanghai that you should include in your list of itinerary. 

Shanghai Natural History Museum

Entry: 30 Yuan

Timings: 9:00am-5:00pm, Mondays closed.

Location: 510 Beijing West Road in Jiang’an District

The Shanghai Natural History Museum is among the largest natural science museums, displaying the history of humans, ancient animals and the evolution of plants and animals through specimens of plants and animals, fossils, mummies, unearthed historical relics, models and ancient literature. 

Of the 180 exhibition displaying the ancient animals, the ancient elephant of Yellow River and Mamenchisaurus (one of the world’s largest dinosaurs) are the best two. To show the human development history, the museum exhibited the oldest mummy of Loulan along with the four other mummies.

Natural Wild Insect Museum

Entry: 60 Yuan

Timings: 9:00am-5:00pm (Monday to Thursday) & 9:00am-5:30m (Friday to Sunday)

Location: Beside Oriental pearl Tower

In this museum, you get to see a wide variety of live insects and the specimens are absolutely mind-blowing. You may come across a few rare insects having weird appearances and snakes, frogs, lizards and turtles, you are relatively familiar with. The butterfly specimens here are also a treat to the eyes. Seasonal changes in the city result in evolution of different species of insects. 

China Art Museum

Entry: Free

Timings: 10:00am-6:00pm. Mondays closed.

Location: Shangnan Road in Pudong New District 

The museum is a transformation of the China Pavilion of Expo 2010 Shanghai. It is in the shape of an upside-down red pyramid and dedicated to exhibit masterpieces of China’s contemporary and modern artists. One of the most amazing highlights of the museum is the replica painting of the famous Riverside Scene during the Qingming Festival, almost a thousand years old. The painting clearly depicts the life of different social sectors that existed during that time. 

Jewish Refugees Museum

Entry: 20 Yuan  

Timings: 9:00am-5:00pm

Location: No. 62, Changyang Road

Constructed in the year 1907, the Jewish Refugees Museum was recognized as a religious ceremonial center for the Jewish refugees exited during WWII. On the entrance walls of the museum, you will find pictures of the surviving refugees. Inside the museum are religious articles of Jewish culture and a few daily-use articles along with historical records on how Nazis persecuted Jewish.

Shanghai History Museum

Entry: 35 Yuan

Timings: 9:00am-5:30pm

Location: First Floor, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Pudong New District

This museum in Shanghai is known to exhibit the historical developments of the city through over 18000 objects that includes 1300 relics from the history. You can go on a whistle-stop tour to the history of Shanghai through the array of waxwork figures and old artifacts. Visitors can have enjoy wandering in the mock street, bar and shop scenes to click some pictures as memory. 

It is in this museum that you will understand the transition period of Shanghai in becoming the largest city of China – from a small port trading company of fish, silk, cotton and tea to the significant economic and political center of China. 

Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center

Entry: 20 Yuan 

Timings: 9:00am-5:00pm. Mondays closed.

Location: Basement, Block B, Huashan Road, Xuhui District

The Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center is a privately-owned museum that demonstrates red China through its mass-produced propaganda posters from the 1960s and 70s when China was going through a cultural revolution. The posters are lined chronologically in the museum. The fascinating theme of the museum makes it a popular point of attraction among overseas students. As you step into this basement gallery, you will come across the modern history of China with cherubic children, cheerful peasants, heroic soldiers, exciting slogans, revolutionary Red Guards, benevolent Mao and dashing workers.

Description: Check out these popular museums in Shanghai on your trip to know more about the country’s history, art and culture.