History Museums in Shanghai

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History Museums in Shanghai

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  • Cam M
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    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    All was excellent. Yet, I bought a package of postcards, but only 4 out of 25 turned out to be real postcards. The rest were just photo prints. Check items carefully before purchasing.
    Written 7 February 2024
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  • khalid k
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    respected Sir
    All rare and valuable items are available for sale.
    Hope you will definitely get in thanks
    Written 31 December 2023
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  • Joanne H
    London, UK896 contributions
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    I really enjoyed my visit to the Shanghai History Museum. I didn't have to register or show my passport to get in - just walked in through the security check. And inside it was nice and quiet, so it was possible to read and absorb the exhibits without jostling for space with a million tour groups. The museum takes the visitor thoroughly through the history of Shanghai, from early settlement to the rise of Communism, with plenty of photos, artefacts and so on. The English signage is good too. Highly recommended.
    Written 25 October 2023
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  • JillShanghai
    Shanghai, China1 contribution
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    A nice museum about the history of Shanghai. Not many old things to see there, but different scenes of Old Shanghai. Still a nice visit with kids :)
    Written 22 March 2021
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  • Tomeloulin
    Qianjiang, China148 contributions
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    Like the title said, this is a private apartment, but also a famous apartment too.
    The private is, this apartment was builted in 1930s, and always kept it original appearance like what it used to be - a private apartment.
    The famous is, a Chinese writer Eileen Chang Reyher ever lived there.
    I came in there was just for a memorial things, for a writer- Eileen Chang Reyher.
    I feel glad- because the apartment is still here. I hope the old Shanghai's history can be keep and going on.
    Written 2 October 2016
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  • Jo-Ann
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia15,996 contributions
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    It is a unique park. The highlight of this park would be the culture museum which is about 6 meters under the lake! It was super crowded but still manage to enjoy the park. There are a lot of empty buildings too which is a waste. I hope they’ll turn them into cafes or hotels.
    Written 8 October 2021
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  • ererap
    Seattle, WA32 contributions
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    No.55-1 Puhuitang Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai
    Getting there: Subway Line # 11, station Shanghai Indoor Stadium / Xujiahui
    Tushanwan / Tousewe museum (I am not sure which is the definite spelling) was an orphanage established in 1864 by Jesuits. They trained the orphans there western art, including painting, sculpturing, print, and press. According to the museum’s info, this became the “cradle of western artists in China”; it educated “generations of well-known artists in China”; it is the “source of modern art in China as well as of its arts and crafts, pioneering many breakthroughs in the history of Chinese crafts”. It also states that while printing was one of the great inventions of China in 1867, Tousewe Press introduced new press technologies throughout its existence and was the pioneer of modern printing in China and was one of the most important publication outlets in China.
    Introducing and training the Chinese in western art, the Jesuits also incorporated some Chinese art and the combination of Chinese-Western art is the focus of the current Tushanwan / Tousewe museum.
    The museum is located in a lovely building and we found the exhibition to be very interesting.
    Written 14 April 2014
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  • Becky Nao K
    Berlin, Germany159 contributions
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    We had a guided tour by a docent who knew the history and techniques related to the items on display. She also spoke excellent English. The museum is on an international level. The collection has choice pieces.
    Written 20 January 2019
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  • Andrew M
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    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.
    Written 19 August 2018
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  • sureshbabu2017
    Shanghai, China97 contributions
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    The excavation is about a Water Gate built during the Yuan period, an example of ancient chinese civil engineering for water conservation project. As the foreword at the entrance mentions this excavation was one of the top ten new archaeological discoveries in China during the year 2006. Take Metro Line 7 and get down at Xincun station to reach this museum. The admission is free. Inside, the functioning of the water gate is well explained by models. The light animation projection displays the construction techniques used for building the water gate.
    Written 16 March 2018
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  • generaltripreviews
    Vancouver, Canada30 contributions
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    The Central Committee of the CCP met in this workers district of Shanghai after the 3rd Congress had moved the headquarters to Guangzhou to be closer to the Guomindang. Soviet foreign policy, becoming more conservative under the growing influence of Stalin, sought to build up the GMD at the expense of the CCP's independent leadership of the working class. The fourth congress was in fact held in Shanghai and the CCP gained leadership of the working class movement by 1925, but did not free itself from the control of the GMD, who massacred the CCP and its working class supporters in 1927. The Zhabei Revolutionary History Exhibition Hall shows some of the resistance to the suicidal path imposed upon the CCP. Each exhibit was also hosted by a high school student who gave a presentation of the history.
    Written 17 July 2018
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  • Muzzamuzzamuzza
    Wellington, New Zealand134 contributions
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    The museum commemorates a battle in which Chinese troops fended off the Japanese for four days in 1937 while the international community watched on from across the river. The event was made into a recent movie called "The Eight Hundred". The museum is inside the actual warehouse and uses a variety of multimedia to tell the story of the lead-up to the battle and the events that took place during it. The exhibits were very professionally done and the variety (not just photos and words) made it interesting to look at. The museum is free to enter. Qufu Road is the nearest metro station.
    Written 9 January 2024
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  • Robert R
    Chiang Mai, Thailand363 contributions
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    This attraction has countless shops and restaurants located in an area with iconic architecture. At night, the buildings are outlined with light and provide scenes for breath-taking night photography.

    One of the specialties of the area is crab and pork dumplings which are quite tasty. Those with mobility issues will want to know most of the streets and walkways are at ground level although a few shops are less accessible.
    Written 15 April 2015
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