Must-see museums in Shanghai
Updated: 2014-08-28

Shanghai embraces abundant resources of museums. Every week, a variety of activities are staged around the city. Here is a brief rundown on the city’s must-see museums with the most distinctive collections you should not miss.

With exhibitions of animation characters, insects and chopsticks, to name a few, visitors can enjoy a unique experience while learning more about the world’s history and culture.

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Kids look at cartoon figures in the Animation Museum in Shanghai on June 29 2010. [Photo/IC]

Animation Museum

Opened in 2012, the museum displays the history of cartoons and animation. The first floor covers history, from China’s shadow puppets to Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. The main hall is filled with movie posters and life-sized statues and short animated films are screened.

Children will love the second-floor where they can record voices for their favorite characters. Visitors can also watch a cartoon film in the cinema on the top floor.

Tel: (021)5895-7998
Address: 69 Zhangjiang Rd, Pudong New Area
Opening hours: 10am-5pm, closed on Mondays
Admission: 30 yuan

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Music Box Museum, June 4, 2007. [Photo/IC]

Music Box Museum

The exhibition features music boxes and gramophones mostly from Europe that come from a Japanese collector. It showcases what it calls the world’s oldest music box, a small golden box made by Swiss watchmaker Antol Fabre in 1796.

Tel: (021)6854-7647
Address: 425 Dingxiang Rd, inside Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Pudong New Area
Opening hours: 11am-6pm during the working days,10:30am-6pm weekends and holidays
Admission: 50 yuan (adult) half price every first and third Saturday per month

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Owner of the Chopsticks Museum Lan Xiang is pointing at the museum’s plaque, March 29, 2012. [Photo/IC]

Chopsticks Museum

This may be Shanghai’s smallest museum. It’s the personal collection of Lan Xiang, a writer, who has collected more than 2,000 pairs of chopsticks from his journey around Asia. Lan, in his 80s, lives upstairs. The prized pair is a gilded silver set from the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907).

Tel: (021)5671-7528
Address: 191 Duolun Rd, Hongkou District
Opening hours: Call in advance
Admission: Free, Telephone booking required

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The Brush and Ink Museum, March 19, 2012.[Photo/IC]

Brush and Ink Museum

The one-room museum covers the history of ink making and displays ink stones and brushes of various kinds. Stories about the items are explained, each with an English audio explanation.

Tel: (021)5169-8918
Address: 2/F, 429 Fujiang Road M., Huangpu Distict
Opening hours: 9:30am-5:30pm, daily
Admission: Free

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The Postal Museum, May 4, 2013. [Photo/IC]

Postal Museum

The 1924 landmark building was the original Shanghai Postal Museum and displays the history of the postal service in China. The exhibits include concession-period post marks, clay seals and postage stamps.

Tel: (021)6393-6666 ext. 1280
Address: 250 Suzhou Rd, Hongkou District
Opening hours: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 9am-4pm
Admission: Free
 

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