During our stay in Shanghai, we spent an afternoon exploring the Shanghai Museum located in People’s Square. The museum is divided into eleven galleries presenting collections of Ancient Bronze, Paintings, Calligraphy, Sculptures, Ancient Ceramics, Jade, Coins, Ming and Quing Furniture and Seals.
It is predominately made up of artefacts that demonstrate the history and past of Shanghai and China but doesn’t explain any history in written text. The architecture of the building is unusual and the exhibits are worth a walk around. The Museum is laid out well and the Ming and Qing Furniture was interesting but we didn’t spend much longer than an hour in the museum. Worth a visit if you’re interested in Ancient Chinese history.
The museum issues 8000 free tickets every day, throughout the day. On entry, we simply walked in and were given a booklet so I don’t think it gets particularly busy. The museum is open 9am – 5pm and is just a short walk from the People’s Square Station if you’re catching the metro.
There are so many awesome, quirky and unusual things to do in Shanghai that you won’t know where to start.