- Type: Museums, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Located on the People's Square near Nanjing Road, the Shanghai Museum is hard to miss thanks to its distinct architecture (a circular building atop a square foundation) and remarkable size. And you really shouldn't skip this historical gem. Frequently called the best museum in all of China, this expansive museum boasts a diverse collection of artifacts that chart the nation's history, from ancient to modern times. Highlights include ornate calligraphy and exquisite jade carvings. English-speaking travelers praise the museum for its presentation of both Chinese and English exhibit descriptions. According to one TripAdvisor user, the museum's collection is "Nicely displayed in separate sections, these treasures are not to be missed."
The Shanghai Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, with last entry at 4 p.m. You can easily reach the museum by taking metro lines 1 or 2 to the People's Square Station. Admission is free; however, some special exhibits may require a nominal fee. For more information, check out the Shanghai Museum's website.