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UPDATED: April 14, 2010
Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum is a museum of ancient Chinese art, situated on the People's Square in the Huangpu District of Shanghai.


The museum has a collection of over 120,000 pieces, including bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture, jades, ancient coins, paintings, seals, sculptures, minority art and foreign art. It has eleven galleries and three special temporary exhibition halls. It extends warm welcome to the visitors from all over the world.

The Shanghai Museum houses several items of national importance, including one of three extant specimens of a "transparent" bronze mirror from the Han Dynasty.


In 1952: Museum was founded and first opened to the public in the former Shanghai Racecourse club house, now at 325 W. Nanjing Road.

In 1959: Museum moved into the former Zhonghui Building at 16 S. Henan Road, which previously housed insurance companies and bank offices.

In 1992: Museum was allocated a piece of land at the very center of the city, on the People's Square by the Shanghai municipal government, as its new site.

The construction of the current building started in August 1993. It was inaugurated in October 12, 1996. It is 29.5 meters high with five floors, covering a total area of 39,200 squre meters.


Designed by a local architect, the new museum building is designed in the shape of an ancient, bronze, tripod cooking vessel called a ding. It is said that the inspiration for the design was specifically provided by the Da Ke Ding, now on exhibit in the museum.

The building has round top and a square base, symbolizing the ancient Chinese perception of the world as "round sky, square earth", which is a distinguished architectural combination of traditional feature and modern spirit.


Free admission

Opening Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (with number limited)

Transportation: Bus No. 574, 112, 123, 71, 934, 145, 46, Metro Line 1, Tunnel No. 6

( April 14, 2010)

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