Shanghai Museum

Housed in an ugly building representing the old Chinese belief of heaven being round and the earth square, the Shanghai MuseumShanghai Museum was opened in it People’s Square location in 1996. It receives accolades as one of China’s premier museums. Devoted to ancient Chinese art, there are eleven galleries spread over five floors covering jade, porcelain, ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, furniture and minority arts and crafts among other topics. It’s certainly a comprehensive museum, though if you’ve been to other museums in China then you will have seen a lot of similar artifacts before. Otherwise, this museum is a great place to check out. The Shanghai Museum also has regular exhibitions in its three temporary exhibition halls.

Admission: Free. Open: 9:00-17:00.

Address: 201 Renmin Da Dao (People’s Avenue). Tel: +86 (021) 6372 3500. Website:

Directions: Located at the southern end of People’s Square, head south from People’s Square subway station (take Exit 1).

Show the taxi driver: 请带我去上海博物馆,谢谢。 (Please take me to Shanghai Museum. Thank you.)