We tried to visit this museum a few years ago, and were disappointed when it was closed due to improvements for the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 .We took the subway Line 3 (Yellow Line) to Youyi Road, and then took a taxi to the museum. The museum is difficult to find, so it may be best to take a taxi from the subway station.There were a few exhibits in the park outside the museum, including peace doves, peace bell, memorial park and a few sculptures. It may be best to visit the external displays firstly before going into the museum.
The museum has free entry, but tickets are required from the ticket office. Remember to take passports as identification will be requested. There are quite a few halls dedicated to varying themes, but the central theme is the battle of Shanghai. The Baoshan area saw the heaviest fighting, and we had visited the nearby martyrs memorial on our previous visit.This was the first real stand by the Chinese against the Japanese, and it resulted in an estimated 300,000 casualties for the Chinese and an estimated 40,000 for the Japanese. This statistic shows the great loss of life on the Chinese side, which was a feature of the war against Japan. The Japanese marched onto Nanjing after the Shanghai Battle.
The museum also has exhibits on the atrocities carried out by the Japanese, including mass graves, massacres, biological weapons and the use of Chinese women for comfort. The themes in the museum are repeated throughout other military museums in China.The exhibits were well presented, but there was not as much english translation as was expected.We were disappointed at not being able to use the elevator in the Pagoda, as in the old museum the view of the battlefield areas from the tower was one of the main parts of the tour. I hope that the Pagoda section will be reopened soon.