Top 10 Museums in Shanghai

23/05/2014
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Ancient and modern Chinese art,contemporary art, famous foreign artworks and architectural art – all can be found in the museums in Shanghai.
On the International Museum Day ( May 18 ), all museums are open free to the public, including Shanghai Museum, Power Station of Art, Long Museum West Bund, Rockbund Art Museum, Minsheng Art Museum, Himalayas Art Center, China Art Museum, Shanghai Arts & Crafts Museum, China Maritime Museum and Shanghai Museum of Glass. They are good place for travelers.

1. Shanghai Museum

It is often considered the first world-class museum in China. The shape echoes the Chinese philosophical concept that the sky is round and the earth is square. The collections cover ancient Chinese bronzes, sculpture, ceramics, jades, seals, calligraphy, conins and other currency, paintings, Ming and Qing dynasties furniture and crafts of China’s national minorities.
Opening time: 09:00 – 17:00
Add.: No.201 People’s Ave, Shanghai
Ticket: free

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum

2. Power Station of Art

The museum is China’s first government aided contemporary art museum. It features a 165-meter smokestack which was used as the Urban Future Pavilion in the World Expo Shanghai 2010. The current exhibition features pictures and models of the Kazuo Shinohar’s work, a renowned architect in Japan.
Opening time: 10:00 – 17:00, closed on Mondays
Add.: No. 200 Huayuangang Road
Ticket: free

3. Long Museum West Bund

The museum is the second and largest private institution established by Chinese super collectors Liu Yiqian and his wife Wang Wei. It features primarily modern and contemporary art. The current exhibition features the couple’s collection of Chinese contemporary art and artworks of young other artists, including big names, such as Zhou Tiehai, Zhang Enli and Zhang Xiaogang.
Opening time: 10:00 – 17:00, closed on Mondays
Add.: No.3398 Longteng Ave
Ticket: ¥100

Long Museum West Bund

Long Museum West Bund

4. Rockbund Art Museum

The museum is a convenient stop for visitors to the Bund. It organizes exhibitions of Chinese and foreign contemporary artists. In 1932, it was designed by Palmer and Wilson, in a hybrid style combining Western architecture with Chinese decorative elements.
Opening time: 09:00 – 17:00, closed on Mondays
Add.: No.20 Huqiu Road
Ticket: ¥15

Rockbund Art Museum

Rockbund Art Museum

5. Minsheng Art Museum

The museum is a notable two-storey building without a single supporting pillar. It is opened by China Minsheng Bank, so its name. It has featured exhibitions by many top contemporary artists, including Zhang Enli and Liu Wei.
Opening time: 10:00 – 18:00, closed on Mondays
Add.: No.570 Huaihai Road
Ticket: free

Minsheng Art Museum

Minsheng Art Museum

6. Himalayas Art Center

The museum was designed by Arata Isozaki, famous for his design of the Barcelona Olympics Stadium and the Los Angels Museum of Modern Art. Art and culture are the essence of the complex. The 31-meter high “forest” comprises the lower half of the construction, is the soul of the building.
Opening time: 10:00 – 17:00, closed on Mondays
Add.: No. 1188 Fangdian Road, Pudong New District
Ticket: ¥50

Himalayas Art Center

Himalayas Art Center

7. China Art Museum

The museum, also called China Art Palace, is the museum of modern and contemporary Chinese art in the former China National Pavilion of the Shanghai World Expo 2010 in Pudong New District. It features major international exhibitions, such as “Shanghai/Paris: Modern Art of China” and “China Dream, Thirty Years”.
Opening time: 09:00 – 17:00
Add.: No.205 Shangnan Road, Pudong New District
Ticket: free

China Art Museum

China Art Museum

8. Shanghai Arts & Crafts Museum

The museum is built in 1905, with 3-storey building located in the former French Concession area. It features folk arts, carvings and embroideries, composing 10 specialized workshops staffed with 50 professional artisans.
Opening time: 09:30 – 16:00, closed on Mondays
Add.: No.79 Fenyang Road
Ticket:¥8

Shanghai Arts & Crafts Museum

Shanghai Arts & Crafts Museum

9. China Maritime Museum

The museum looks like a boat in the shape. It may attract more children than adults to its exhibitions of China’s maritime civilization. It covers the development of China’s maritime industry and its contributions to world maritime science.
Opening time: 09:30 – 16:30, closed on Mondays
Add.: No.197 Shengang Road, Pudong New District
Ticket: ¥50

China Maritime Museum

China Maritime Museum

10. Shanghai Museum of Glass

The museum is housed in a renovated former glass factory. It attracts visitors from the world and features a striking selection of glass art by international artists.
Opening time: 09:30 – 17:00, closed on Monday
Add.: No. 685 Changjiang Road
Ticket: ¥20

Shanghai Museum of Glass

Shanghai Museum of Glass