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Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

Free admission
People's Square, Shanghai

The Basics

The collections of the Shanghai Museum are so extensive, visitors would do well to prioritize the sections of interest to them. One highlight is the impressive ancient bronze gallery, featuring the world’s largest collection of ancient Chinese bronze artifacts. Other top galleries include the ancient sculpture gallery, the painting gallery, and the jade gallery.

Admission to the museum is free, but tickets are required; pick up a free ticket on the day of your visit. Many half-day and full-day Shanghai tours include a visit to the museum along with other city highlights such as Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, and Jade Buddha Temple. Some tours include a cruise on the Huangpu River.

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Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
$79.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Excellent Tour!
Frank is an excellent tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and takes care of his clients. He even took pictures and sent them to me by WeChat.
vijayparmaraz, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Shanghai

star-5
Lovely way to spend a day
Beautiful960, Nov 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Tom is a good guide. Full of information, dates, facts and figures. We visited the Shanghai Museum, three different temples, a silk factory, the jade and pearl center and a large open air flea market/mall area and the Bund. Every stop is an opportunity to shop, but I really felt it in the silk and jade shops. The shop workers hovering, pointing out sales and making suggestions. The tour group was less than 10 people which was great.
star-5
A wonderful tour
mary_munro, Oct 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
This was a long day but our guide was knowledgeable and confident. He didn't hurry us and answered all the questions he was asked. We had time for photos and to examine museum exhibits etc for ourselves. We found the trip to the Silk Factory fascinating and the Tea Tasting session was most enjoyable. An excellent lunch was included. We would never have seen all these things by ourselves so totally recommend this tour.
star-4
Nice tour
Donna_D, Jun 2019
Shanghai Half Day Morning or Afternoon Sightseeing Tour
Did the half day tour the day after arriving. Was a good activity after traveling. Excellent guide that was friendly and knowledgeable.
star-4
Great Tour Host
BernardFong, Oct 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Tom was assigned to host a gp of international tourists from US, Canada, South Africa and Singapore on 29/10 day tour of Shanghai. His pleasant personality, great hospitality skills, deep local knowledge were indeed commendable. Tks Tom.
star-5
Excellent!
Jill_R, Oct 2019
shanghai tour one day city tour
My tour guide, Nini, took me to the best places. This included a meal (vegetarian, by my request) at a restaurant that simply blew me away. Another amazing highlight was a trip to the silk factory. It was fascinating and the shopping was simply glorious! We did a lot in the day and she also arranged for me to go to the Water Village the day of my flight out of China, which would otherwise would have been sitting in an airport for hours until my plane began boarding. Also lots of photo ops and a good mix of history and shopping.
star-5
Very good tour and tour guide
MichaelK10895, Sep 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Very good tour and tour guide I learned alot from new and old Shanghai. Worth a visit to Shanghai and exploring.
star-5
Very good
Otanildo_C, Sep 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Very good This tour is a great option to know about some of the main tourist points of Shanghai. The lunch is included in the package of the tour. I was picked up at the hotel in a car with conditioned air, it guides and driver, and at the end of the tour I had the option of to return to the hotel or to leave in the last point of the tour. This was a good option to know Shanghai faster and with information of the places by the guide.
star-4
Nice trip in Shanghai
STEFANIA_R, Aug 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Everything went smoothly. I only wish the guide had been more flexible since it was only me and my husband were the only two people taking the tour that day.
star-5
Great experience
dylj0, Aug 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Our tour guide was Frank. He explained everything fantastically. He had awesome English. My husband and I had an amazing time.
star-4
Too Many Retail Stops
Christine_G, Nov 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
I was the only person on this tour. The transport was over 30 minutes late, so I would have expected a call to say they were on their way. In fact the Concierge at the pick up hotel called for me, got the driver’s number then called him. Traffic was bad, as it often is in Shanghai, but it shouldn’t have been me doing the calling. The places we went were really interesting. I would have liked longer at the Shanghai Museum & the Jade Buddha Temple, the Bund etc. Because I was the only passenger we moved faster than a group would so time at stops could have been extended. In fact, despite the late start, I was back at the hotel by about 15.40. What was disappointing were the visits to the pearl centre, the silk factory etc. These were thinly disguised (expensive) selling opportunities, with very little actual information & interesting facts provided. Frank, the guide, was knowledgeable if uncharismatic.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Shanghai Museum is a must for those interested in Chinese history or art.

  • Audio guides in different languages are available for a fee.

  • Luggage can be stored at the museum with a security deposit.

  • The Shanghai Museum is fully wheelchair accessible, and wheelchairs are available to use free of charge.

  • There are two restaurants and a teahouse on-site.

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How to Get There

The Shanghai Museum is located at 201 Renmin Avenue, People’s Square. To get there by public transit, take metro line 1, 2, or 8 to People’s Square Station (Exit 1) and walk south. Alternatively, take the City Sightseeing Bus, line 1 or 2, and get off at the museum.

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When to Get There

With over 120,000 items, the museum has a lot to see, and visitors can easily spend half a day or more trying to cover it all. Arrive early to secure one of the 8,000 tickets issued daily and visit the galleries in order of your personal interest. Weekday visits are more peaceful, and the museum is closed Monday.

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Shanghai Museum’s Unusual Design

The design of the museum is a visual representation of the Chinese concept of a round heaven and a square earth—a round structure on a square base, similar to the design of many ancient buildings. It also reflects the shape of an ancient bronze cooking pot known as a ding, many examples of which are on display in the ancient bronze gallery.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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