Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum by le niners. Sourced via Flickr under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

Shanghai Museum is by far one of the best museums I have ever visited. This free to enter museum contains exhibits of Chinese historic and cultural artifacts as well as precious works of art, poetry and calligraphy. The exhibition is divided into several halls on each floor, around a central stair hall. Each hall covers a particular topic such as pottery, jade, coins and money, traditional art works, military and so on. The displays are signed in both Chinese and English and audio guides are available. Each display is informative and tells the history in an easy to understand way. What sets this museum apart from most others, is the quality of the display. Each item has been displayed with a great deal of care and thought on how to best show its characteristics. The lighting in each hall is generally dark, but spot lights on the exhibits seem to make them glow in a transcendental manner. Even people who don't usually enjoy museums, will be impressed with the quality of the exhibitions. Give yourself at least 4 hours to cover all the halls fully, though you may want to skip the poetry and calligraphy halls unless you are fluent in reading Chinese.

Map showing location of Shanghai Museum

Above: Location of Shanghai Museum in Shanghai, Shanghai, China