- Museums, Sightseeing Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Read about how we rank Things to Do.
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 one of the best museums in China, this expansive museum houses a diverse collection of artifacts (more than 1,000,000 to be exact) that chart the nation's history. Highlights include ornate calligraphy, exquisite jade carvings, thousand-year-old bronze works and traditional Chinese garb.
English-speaking travelers, in particular, praised the museum for its presentation of both Chinese and English exhibit descriptions. Others loved the vast amount of historical articles available for view and appreciated the comprehensive history lesson they were able to get out of it. Keep in mind: Since there is no entrance fee, you're likely to encounter many others looking to take advantage of this freebie, so come early if you can.
The Shanghai Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with last entry at 4 p.m. You can easily reach the museum by hopping off the metro at 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.
- Thing to Do
- 0.3 Miles Away
- 3.5-star Hotel Class
- 0.4 Miles Away
- 4.5-star Hotel Class
- 0.1 Miles Away
- 4.0-star Hotel Class