This museum boasts 120,000 Chinese art pieces and archaeological findings. Permanent exhibits feature bronzes, ceramics and ... More
This museum boasts 120,000 Chinese art pieces and archaeological findings. Permanent exhibits feature bronzes, ceramics and paintings, among other artifacts. Other facilities include a library with 20,000 books, a conservation laboratory and a lecture room. There is a gift shop on the first floor, a non-smoking teahouse and several antique and curio stalls. The building itself is an architectural showpiece, resembling an ancient tripod when viewed sideways. The rooftop with glassed dome is modeled on a Han Dynasty mirror.
After reading some of the reviews, I have come to the conclusion that the persons who wrote them didn't view with a complete understanding and openness the magnificence of this architectural beauty and collection of the magnificense of the arts and crafts of the Chinese.
Don't miss this museum or you'll have by passed one of life's great educational and visual wonders.
This large museum is central Shanghai has everything to get a persons atention. It has many display including Jade Gallery (my favourite), Ceramics Gallery, Bronze Gallery (really cool), Sculpture Gllery (interesting), Coin Gallery (really interesting coins from long ago). I like the Museum of Shanghai but I think the Glembow Museum in Calgary is much much better. This is alright for China. A large step for Shanghai but a small step for Calgary.
I must say that its my first time having to pay (RMB40) to get into a museum!!! It's an over-rated museum. What a dissapointment!! I expected more than just items contributed by individual owners! Yes, there were many levels & I expected to spend at least 3 hrs as everyone has recommended but my husband & I spent only 45 mins coz' the artifacts were just so boring. Not a proper insight of China's history. Waste of time for me.
Its a bit hard to get to but well worth it, expect to spend at least 3 hours here as there are over 6000 exhibits on 4 floors. Theres the bronze gallery, sculture gallery, ceramics gallery, coin gallery, chinese minority gallery, jade gallery and the furniture gallery. Use the audio tour handset for a more detailed guide at a little extra cost. There is a cafe inside if you want to take a break and a shop too for retail terapy. Very cultural, informative, educational and very interesting visit. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
In such a city of hustle and bustle, this is an island of serenity and erudition. So many pieces to see! You may wish to spend half day there, if you wonna go through every collection. They are beautifully juxtaposed and the museum boasts of good facilities like guiding service. If you wonna learn sth. about chinese history within a short period of time, this museum you can't miss.
I really liked this museum. Even though it's smaller than many of the major museums I've been in other places in the world (eg Louvre in Paris, Met in NYC, MFA in Boston), I really enjoyed my visit. I was able to see everything within a morning and bit of the afternoon. The interior of the building was beautiful; I thought the jade exhibit was done very well as well as the furniture exhibit. Finally, it's very centrally located--right next to the People's Square and we were able to see other touristy sites nearby afterwards.
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