The new Shanghai Museum is situated on the People's Square, the political and cultural centre of Shanghai. The square itself boasts a giant musical fountain and some attractive green recreational areas where locals dance and fly kites. It is surrounded by the City Hall, an underground shopping centre, and the Grand Shanghai Theatre. However, the Shanghai Museum, opened in 1996, draws the most interest. The building is shaped like a giant bronze urn, and the museum contains a collection of 123,000 cultural artefacts in 21 categories. The permanent galleries of this impressive museum include: Chinese Ancient Bronze, Chinese Ancient Ceramics, Chinese Paintings, Chinese Caligraphy, Chinese Ancient Sculpture, Chinese Ancient Jade, Chinese Coins, Ming and Qing Furniture, Chinese Seals, and Chinese Minority Nationalities' Art. There is a restaurant and an art store within the museum. If you don't speak Chinese look out for the museum's advanced audio tour, which is offered in eight languages and costs about RMB 40. As the lines can get rather long, try to get to the museum early. And if it is a hot day, enter via the south entrance rather than the north because at the southern one you can queue undercover.
Address: 201 Renmin Avenue
Telephone: (0)21 6372 5300
Transport: Bus 46, 71, 123, 574
Opening times: Daily 9am to 5pm