Joy of Museums

Exploring Museums, Art & Historic Sites

Shanghai Museum

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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.

Among the many historical, cultural and specimen objects in the Shanghai Museum the following are highlights:

  • You with zigzag thunder pattern, early Zhou Dynasty
  • Ruyao porcelain wares from the Northern Song Dynasty
  • Bian Zhong of Su, Marquis of Jin
  • Dake Ding, from late Western Zhou


To help you better appreciate the Shanghai Museum the following guides will be helpful:

  • Masterpieces of the Shanghai Museum

Essential Facts:

  • Name:                  Shanghai Museum
  • City:                       Shanghai
  • Country:              China
  • Inaugurated:     1952
  • Collection size:  120,000 objects
  • Type:                   Art Museum, History Museum
  • Location:            201 Renmin Avenue, People’s Square, Shanghai


“After you – is good manners.” Chinese proverbs



Photo Credit: By 寒江2009 [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons