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Review of Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)
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Private City Tour of Shanghai including Lunch
Ranked #6 of 1,310 things to do in Shanghai
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This elegant museum, opened in 1996, features eleven state-of-the-art galleries housing China’s international-standard exhibits of bronzes, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jade and Ming and Qing dynasty furniture.
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“This museum is great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014 via mobile

I like this ,you must visit this so you can know the old stuff of shanghai and china . And one more this museum consists of 4 or 5 floor thats quite big enough

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“One of the better museums in China”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

This is a good museum but I can't give it 5 stars as I have most definitely visited better. It has its iconic Chinese Ding (Pot) style architecture and some very interesting artefacts from bronze to jade, calligraphy scrolls, Chinese painting, furniture and costumes. Remember there will be a queue and there is a daily limit on visitor numbers so get there early.

Visited August 2014
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“A different kind of museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

Located in Peoples Park (worth a trip by itself). Four flours high with each section (except the first) split into 4 display areas of several rooms each. Quite eclectic collections of various Chinese arts, calligraphy, ethnic clothing, ceramics, bronzes, furniture and money. Signs in at least Chinese and English and audio devices in several languages available. Free admission which was a pleasant surprise. Modern building and excellent displays. Tea room and gift shops on premises. Plan 3-4 hours and could easily spend the day if you read everything available.

Visited June 2014
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“Excellently curated museum, worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

I found the visit to the Shanghai Museum a real nice surprise.

First of all, the entrance is free. You need to pass a security control, as usual in China, and that is all.

Then, the museum organization, thematical, and inside each room, chronological, seemed the correct way of exposing such a wide culture as the Chinese one.

Each room is dedicated to a topic: bronze, sculpture, porcelain, painting, jade, pagoda stuff, costumes, caligraphy, currency... The lighting is simply fantastic, providing a dramatic experience to each and every item in display. You have also short brochures at each room to further explain the topic, as here each artifact has its label in both Chinese and English. If few words, the museum is greatly curated.

I truly believe that the museum is worth a visit, as you will find for sure an area of your taste, my favorites were porcelain and painting.

If I'm not mistaken it opens 9-18h on weekdays and 9-17h on Sundays.

Visited August 2014
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

It was just "so so" as my students say. Nothing to write about. Didn't live up to the hype. It's free cover charge which made lines unbearable especially in the summer whether in the morning or afternoon.... Actually i saw no lines around 3pm when I left so if you're not keen on waiting, late afternoons would be suitable for you! FYI, closing time is 6pm on weekdays and 5 on Sundays...
I enjoyed the minority people and jade expos the most...

Visited August 2014
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