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Shanghai Museums

Museums in Shanghai

Shanghai is the most populous city in the world, situated on the Yangtze River Delta and bounded to the east by the East China Sea. Shanghai grew in importance in the 19th century due to trade and its favorable port location. The 1842 Treaty of Nanking and the 1844 Treaty of Whampoa allowed the city to flourish as a center of commerce between China and other parts of the world.

In the 1990s, the economic reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping resulted in an intense re-development of the city, which has since re-emerged as a hub for international trade and finance. It is the home of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, one of the world’s largest by market capitalization.

Shanghai is famous for its museums and historic buildings. Highlights of Shanghai include The Bund, as well as the City God Temple and the Yu Garden. Shanghai has many world-class museums of interest, and below is a list of some of the significant museums in Shanghai.

A Tour of Shanghai’s Museums

Highlights of Shanghai’s Museums

  • Shanghai Museum
    • The Shanghai Museum is a museum of ancient Chinese art in Shanghai, China. It is considered one of China’s first world-class modern museums. The museum has a collection of over 120,000 pieces, including bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture, jades, ancient coins, paintings, seals, sculptures, minority art, and foreign art. The Shanghai Museum houses several items of Chinese national importance.
  • Shanghai Science and Technology Museum
    • The Shanghai Science and Technology Museum thirteen main permanent exhibition halls and four science theatres. The theatres are the most significant science education cinemas in Asia, and the exhibitions cover multiple perspectives of science and technology.
  • Shanghai Natural History Museum
    • The Shanghai Natural History Museum is a museum dedicated to natural history. It is one of the largest museums of natural sciences in China. The museum is housed in a 2015 purpose-built site in the Jing’an Sculpture Park. The museum’s collections including over 62,000 animals, 135,000 plants, and 1,700 minerals. There are also rare species that cannot be found elsewhere outside China.
  • Aurora Art Museum
    • The Aurora Art Museum in Shanghai showcases a collection of ancient Chinese treasures, including pottery, porcelain, Buddhist statues, and jade artifacts of historical significance. The Aurora Museum was formally opened in 2013 and is located in the financial hub of Pudong, Shanghai. In 2003, the Aurora Museum was inaugurated in Taipei, and in 2005, a branch of Aurora Museum opened in Shanghai. The museum is now housed in specially designed floors of the Aurora Building.

Top Museums in Shanghai

  • Shanghai Museum
  • Shanghai Natural History Museum
  • Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum
  • Shanghai History Museum
  • Shanghai Science and Technology Museum
  • Long Museum
  • China Art Museum
  • Propaganda Poster Art Centre
  • Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center
  • Power Station of Art
  • Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum
  • Shanghai Auto Museum
  • Shanghai Museum of Glass
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai
  • Madame Tussauds Shanghai
  • Shanghai Maglev Museum
  • Former Residence of Sun Yat-Sen
  • Site of the First National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party
  • Aurora Art Museum
  • Rockbund Art Museum
  • Shanghai Film Museum
  • Shanghai Postal Museum
  • China Maritime Museum
  • Shanghai Fangzhi Museum
  • Shanghai Museum of Public Security
  • Shanghai Himalayas Museum
  • Shanghai Metro Museum
  • Tou-Se-We Museum
  • Xu Guangqi Memorial Hall
  • Soong Ching-ling Memorial Residence
  • Shanghai Liuli China Museum
  • Powerlong Art Museum
  • Shanghai Railway Museum
  • Former Residence of Lu Xun
  • Dajing Ge Pavilion
  • Former Residence of Ba Jin


  • City:                            Shanghai
  • Chinese:                    上海市
  • Country: People’s Republic of China (PRC)
  • Settled:                       c. 4000 BC
  • Metro Population:    34 million

Shanghai’s Museums

A Tour of China’s Museums


“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” 
– Chinese Proverb


Photo Credits: 1)By Urashimataro (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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