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Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts

Former French Concession
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Address: No.79 Fenyang Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 200000, China
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+86 21 6431 4074
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Museum displays traditional crafts of ivory, jade and wood carvings,...

Museum displays traditional crafts of ivory, jade and wood carvings, textiles, painted snuff bottles and a variety of folk crafts. There are some studios where you can watch artisans at work, as well as a gift shop of high-quality goods (and prices).

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Bridging the Past and Present

Alex Park: Shanghai Art and Crafts museum managers accurately display the process of creating Chinese style sculptures for foreign tourists. Apple Chang: On all three floors... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 November 2016
Shanghai, China
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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

The creaky wood floors, whispering sounds of the discussions of the crafts turned my attentions from uninterest to curiosity.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

The Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts contain art works of various periods of Chinese arts and crafts. The building is an impressive architectural work and decorations. There are sections of the various dynasty paintings and sculptures. There is also a section devoted to the different indigenous tribes of China showing their customs and arts. The collection of arts and... More 

Thank Rey M
Shanghai, China
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Alex Park: Shanghai Art and Crafts museum managers accurately display the process of creating Chinese style sculptures for foreign tourists. Apple Chang: On all three floors workers moved their swift and skillful hands carefully. Soon, realistic looking dough models, complex paper cuttings, and elegant silk embroideries begin to appear under the worker's nimble fingertips.

Thank applechang02
Shanghai, China
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

The museum includes a lot of artworks that show the change of China as a whole changing through the past decades. It is an excellent place for visual learners to come to this museum to understand and analyze these artifacts and artworks.

Thank jimmyftw
Shanghai, China
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

The main artwork placed by the gate of the museum showed a massive ivory carving which had charming details of sculpting and faultless designs. The portrait showing the entire panorama of a Chinese city emphasized on the details and clarity of the artwork, and that startled me the most.(By Carol Park) The ancient bathroom is the only room left untouched... More 

Thank zziwooone
Shanghai, China
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Entering the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum I felts as if I had entered a time machine programed to take me back a century. The beautiful wall, windows, doors etc. reflected a European style of design despite it being a Chinese museum. Mao's communist ideas had spread all through China during the Cultural Revolution. A rather beautiful wooden artifact, carved... More 

Thank Kalista-Sampat
Shanghai, China
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

The Arts and Crafts Museum contains a lot of diverse artwork ranging form ivory to silk and are different from each other. The projector image then leads to a huge window showing the garden outside greeting you, along with artifacts on the side, right beside the the two rooms, one on the right and one on the left.

Thank johnchanjc0224
Shanghai, China
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

The building holds more content than the museum itself--an antique white mansion, the former French government consul, is of more historical value than many of the "artifacts" in the museum.

Thank ninalia0
Shanghai, China
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Seeing the artists live at work makes this museum unique-Michelle Chang You can hear the sound of the stream running through the garden, and i found that melody relaxing, at the same time, i also appreciate the well protected plants, it made the view more comforting. - Joanne Huang The magnificent artifacts made us learn about the advancement of the... More 

Thank joannehaungluv
Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

The building, built during the French Renaissance, had a European style of architecture and decoration. So, the Chinese arts and crafts being displayed juxtaposed with the French style in a very unique way. Inside this beautifully designed museum, there are various open rooms, hallways, fireplaces, and even a spiral staircase. Each room displays different artifacts or modern works depicting different... More 

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Former French Concession
While there are technical borders to the area formerly governed by the French in Shanghai, the "French Concession" of today is an amorphous neighborhood that is a favorite of the city's foreign residents. While it is mostly within the Xuhui district, residents will sometimes include parts of Jing'an and Luwan in their mental maps of the Former French Concession. The area seems frozen in time, characterized by quiet, tree-lined avenues, French-style villas, interesting boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes that are not typical of China. All of these mix and mingle with local life as Chinese markets and lanehouse communities are peppered throughout. Denizens of the Former French Concession can spectate a mahjong game on the street or get their bike checked at a tiny bike repair store on the way to their refurbished apartment tucked away among Chinese family homes.
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