Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)
4.5
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
This elegant museum, opened in 1996, features eleven state-of-the-art galleries housing China’s international-standard exhibits of bronzes, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jade and Ming and Qing dynasty furniture.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Neighbourhood: People’s Square
People’s Square brings with it all the excitement you would expect from the town square of one of the biggest cities in the world. The area around People’s Square and People’s Park is always a abuzz with activity. Oceans of local and foreign tourists flow in and out of the area every day to see grand museums, go shopping and eat at some of Shanghai’s most storied food centers. Shanghai residents, meanwhile, live and work in the many residential and office high-rises. While much of Shanghai stays busy late into the night, this really is an area that never sleeps with glitzy nightclubs keeping people up until the wee hours of the morning.
How to get there
  • Dashijie • 5 min walk
  • People's Square • 7 min walk
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  • Martian_Mike
    Shanghai, China12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    it is closed due to long services to public and need to be made over soon.
    just noticed to everybody, the museum has been built 25 years, and now it is making over. But still a good place to take shot and Nanjing road is not far away from it. Walk on the Nanjing road to East direction,you could be to Shanghai BUND.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 September 2023
  • LillianT0928
    Shanghai, China16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shanghai Museum, Huangpu District
    Our kids came to visit and since it was raining outside, we decided to visit this museum. It was recently renovated (two-month project). Although I can speak Mandarin proficiently now, we received very good service in both English and Mandarin, throughout the museum. It is free to visit; however, we wanted to rent audio equipment, plus VR glasses. It was a phenomenal experience. Everything is automatic. Did not have to lift a finger to operate the devices. It cost about $16 CDN to rent both audio and VR. Your deposit is credited upon return of the systems. The museum is beautifully set up, and well, it was a good day spent. We gave ourselves three hours. It was about right. Note that there are washrooms on every floor (four floors). This is especially helpful for young children, and the elderly. Oh, there's a rooftop garden where one can enjoy the city views.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 December 2023
  • David W
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant and relaxing
    Arrived as part of a tour group. Many signs are in English and Chinese. Reading the main signs on entry to each gallery sets the scene. As you approach some exhibits their lights come on so you can study them in more detail. Beautiful building with circular roof and square walls – yin and yang. I also liked the subtlety of the staircase an one side was mirrored by the escalator on the other side of the atrium.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 April 2024
  • Orator11
    Singapore, Singapore7,439 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Some Galleries Were Closed
    It has been around ten years since our last visit and we were keen to see the exhibitions. Then, there was a wonderful exhibit showcasing the terracotta warriors. It was an interesting sight to see the building, which is in the shape of an old imperial wine cup traditionally used by the Emperor. Unfortunately, this time, three of the galleries were closed, and the exhibit on Leonardo da Vinci had just ended. Nevertheless, they still had similar galleries showcasing the clothing and jewellery of the minority groups in China, as well as calligraphy and Chinese paintings. We liked the wooden furniture exhibition. All in all, we spent on,y an hour here this time, due to the gallery closures. Entry is free via a QR code, and you need your passport. You can register at the booth outside near the souvenir store, and entry is then further round the corner at the southwest entrance. The nearest Metro exit is number 1, and the museum is closed on Mondays. There is another branch of the museum in Pudong.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 May 2024
  • Sergey A
    Nizhny Novgorod, Russia43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An entry point to Chinese art and history
    We visited the museum on 2024-06-10. Our mistake was to not book a visit in advance through the museum's website, because it was an extended weekend due to Dragon Boat Festival and Shanghai was overcrowded with tourists. The plate at the entrance mentioned "a fully booked day". However, after waiting for 20 minutes at the ticket office and explaining to the staff that we were visiting Shanghai for 1 day only, our group of 5 persons received a pass. Entrance is free and this is amazing taking into account the museum interior and exhibitions, which undoubtedly require good funding. So we spent about two hours here and for me this wasn't enough, though a couple of exhibitions was closed. Personally, I found the section dedicated to Chinese painting art and calligraphy most amazing because my previous knowledge of it had been almost zero. There are items which are almost 1000 years old and this was very impressive. I hope to come back here with my family some day.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 June 2024
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Sergey A
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
We visited the museum on 2024-06-10. Our mistake was to not book a visit in advance through the museum's website, because it was an extended weekend due to Dragon Boat Festival and Shanghai was overcrowded with tourists. The plate at the entrance mentioned "a fully booked day". However, after waiting for 20 minutes at the ticket office and explaining to the staff that we were visiting Shanghai for 1 day only, our group of 5 persons received a pass. Entrance is free and this is amazing taking into account the museum interior and exhibitions, which undoubtedly require good funding. So we spent about two hours here and for me this wasn't enough, though a couple of exhibitions was closed. Personally, I found the section dedicated to Chinese painting art and calligraphy most amazing because my previous knowledge of it had been almost zero. There are items which are almost 1000 years old and this was very impressive. I hope to come back here with my family some day.
Written 15 June 2024
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Orator11
Singapore, Singapore7,439 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
It has been around ten years since our last visit and we were keen to see the exhibitions. Then, there was a wonderful exhibit showcasing the terracotta warriors.

It was an interesting sight to see the building, which is in the shape of an old imperial wine cup traditionally used by the Emperor.

Unfortunately, this time, three of the galleries were closed, and the exhibit on Leonardo da Vinci had just ended. Nevertheless, they still had similar galleries showcasing the clothing and jewellery of the minority groups in China, as well as calligraphy and Chinese paintings. We liked the wooden furniture exhibition.

All in all, we spent on,y an hour here this time, due to the gallery closures.

Entry is free via a QR code, and you need your passport. You can register at the booth outside near the souvenir store, and entry is then further round the corner at the southwest entrance. The nearest Metro exit is number 1, and the museum is closed on Mondays. There is another branch of the museum in Pudong.
Written 17 May 2024
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David W
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Arrived as part of a tour group. Many signs are in English and Chinese. Reading the main signs on entry to each gallery sets the scene. As you approach some exhibits their lights come on so you can study them in more detail.
Beautiful building with circular roof and square walls – yin and yang. I also liked the subtlety of the staircase an one side was mirrored by the escalator on the other side of the atrium.
Written 30 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AJ Alden
Jakarta, Indonesia72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The museum is free, and no paying tickets are needed , but i had to go to the front desk to make "an appointment " as they called, or for me is registering our names using our passports. I was there when some exhibitions were still closed, but me and my husband still had some great exhibitions that were traditional paintings-poem paintings, Chinese traditional tribes' dresses, old furniture from the 14 th - 17th century.
I just wish I could see their exhibition about Leonardo Da Vinci, which was closed that time. Well maybe next time ...
Written 17 April 2024
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Mark J
Victoria, Canada216 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
While we were very much looking forward to visiting. We showed up, and they were already sold out for that day and for the next day, so we returned two days later. The place is apparently VERY popular (even in winter), but when we went, we were sorely disappointed as most of the exhibits were closed.

Ancient Chinese Bronze Gallery, Chinese Seal Gallery, Ancient Chinese Ceramics Gallery, Chinese Currency Gallery, Ancient Chinese Jade Gallery, Display of Ancient Silk Road Coins, and more – these were all closed. A majority of the museum. What remained open (some art, some sculptures, some furniture, etc.) were not exhibits that interested us.

We indeed regret going. Don’t visit until you’ve verified that they actually offer the listed exhibits. Nearly all of the closed exhibits had been closed for months.
Written 23 January 2024
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LillianT0928
Shanghai, China16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Our kids came to visit and since it was raining outside, we decided to visit this museum. It was recently renovated (two-month project). Although I can speak Mandarin proficiently now, we received very good service in both English and Mandarin, throughout the museum. It is free to visit; however, we wanted to rent audio equipment, plus VR glasses. It was a phenomenal experience. Everything is automatic. Did not have to lift a finger to operate the devices. It cost about $16 CDN to rent both audio and VR. Your deposit is credited upon return of the systems.

The museum is beautifully set up, and well, it was a good day spent. We gave ourselves three hours. It was about right.

Note that there are washrooms on every floor (four floors). This is especially helpful for young children, and the elderly. Oh, there's a rooftop garden where one can enjoy the city views.
Written 19 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Martian_Mike
Shanghai, China12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
just noticed to everybody, the museum has been built 25 years, and now it is making over. But still a good place to take shot and Nanjing road is not far away from it. Walk on the Nanjing road to East direction,you could be to Shanghai BUND.
Written 4 September 2023
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Sjakie S
Hoorn, The Netherlands624 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
The museum has free entrance, and if you know what's inside! But you have to wait in the queue for 1 hour. The audio guide is well worth the price. I think you can spend a whole day here.
Written 18 May 2022
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Indiajudd
Shanghai, China56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
its difficult to gain access with queues, checks, passport control etc and once inside 50% of galleries, shop are closed. You need to reserve a timeslot in advance - then entrance is free. Had i known all this, i would not have bothered. Anyway the open exhibitions are good with a modest amount of English explanation. Expect to be eyed up by officious guards throughout
Written 13 September 2021
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Kyle Ciulla
Beijing, China347 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Really great exhibits and antiquities. I really enjoyed the currency floor, and jade section. the calligraphy section was under renovation, but im sure it would have been amazing! lots of different sections of the museum, so you are not looking at the same things the whole time. Also it has English on the walls, so you can actually learn what you are looking at. Make sure to book tickets in advance!
Written 8 May 2021
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