As the Oriental pearl of China, Shanghai also has a long history. The number of museums in Shanghai exceeds more than 130. What museums are worth visiting in Shanghai? Here are the top 8 must-see museums and Art Centers in Shanghai.
Built in 1952, the Shanghai Museum is absolutely the top one comprehensive museum in Shanghai, with more than 1 million cultural relics. The collection of cultural relics in the Shanghai Museum includes 31 categories of bronze, ceramics, calligraphy and paintings, sculptures, oracle bones, symbols, currency, jade, furniture, embroidery, lacquerware, bamboo and fangs, ethnic cultural relics and etc. Shanghai museum enjoys a high reputation at home and abroad for its complete system, rich collections and exquisite quality.
The Shanghai Science and Technology Museum is a major public welfare social and cultural project invested by the Shanghai Municipal Government to improve the city's comprehensive competitiveness and the quality of all citizens in the new century. With the aim of scientific communication, the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum takes the science display as the carrier and focuses on the theme of “Nature, People, Science and Technology”. It has become Shanghai's most important science education base and spiritual civilization construction base.
The Shanghai Natural History Museum is one of the largest natural museums in China, displaying a rich collection of dinosaur fossils, animal fossils, paleontological fossils. It is a branch of Shanghai Science and Technology Museum and located in Shanghai Jing'an Sculpture Park. The museum has five floors and 10 permanent exhibitions, which are divided into three systems: natural evolution, life environment and human civilization. The highlight is the skeleton of a 26-meter-long Mamenchisaurus, which is the largest dinosaur in Asia.
The Chinese Art Palace was converted from the China Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo in China. The China Art Palace is a museum of modern and contemporary art that combines public welfare and academicism. Based on the collection of Shanghai's state-owned art units, the China Art Palace displays art treasures that reflect the origin and development of modern Chinese art, collecting and displaying the highest level of artistic creation in China. The multimedia version of "The Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival" is now a popular highlight in the China Art Museum, but requires an extra ticket to see it.
Shanghai History Museum is a landmark museum that comprehensively reflects the local history of Shanghai. The Shanghai Museum of History has a total collection of about 110,000 pieces in 15 categories: painting, metal, ceramics, crafts, badges, literature, printing, textiles, stone carvings, coins, photographs, paper-cuts, stamps, records and other miscellaneous items. The building of the Shanghai Museum of History is the original Shanghai Horse Racing Building, which was rebuilt in 1934, bearing the memory of several generations of shanghainese. It is a best place to know the history of Shanghai.
The Shanghai Railway Museum was built on the original site of the Shanghai Railway Station (Old North Station), which was built in 1909 and has a British classical architectural style. It is now a Shanghai science education base. Guided by the scientific concept of development, the Shanghai Railway Museum uses historical materials and real objects as the main carriers to show the history of the Shanghai and East China Railways over the past 100 years since the railway entered China in the 1960s and 1970s. Here you can see the real locomotive and various train parts equipment as well as simulation models.
China Maritime Museum, the full name of “Shanghai China Maritime Museum”, is the first national-level nautical museum approved by the State Council in China and is jointly built by the Ministry of Transport and the Shanghai Municipal Government in Shanghai. The theme of the museum is “Navigation”, which is divided into six exhibition halls: nautical history, ship, navigation and port, maritime and maritime safety, seafarers and military navigation. You can learn about the evolution of Chinese shipbuilding history and navigation technology through various ship models and graphic introductions, as well as physical display of marine equipment.
Known as the most beautiful museum in Shanghai, Shanghai Liuli China Museum is the only glass art museum in Shanghai, covering an area of 2,400 square meters. This visually stunning museum teaches visitors about the history of glass in ancient China, as well as the skill and labor involved in creating it. One of the most impressive pieces on display is the Guanyin statue, which took 10 years to create. This three-dimensional restoration work is derived from the Yuan Dynasty murals in the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, measuring 4.5 meters in total, is the only non-glass work in the museum.
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