Top 10 Shanghai Museums

Are you looking for free stuff during your Shanghai Tour? Well, Most of the musuems in Shanghai are free of charge. Shanghai is home to many world-class museums and art galleries. There are over one hundred to choose from, ranging from the historical to the hi-tech. I’ve rounded up a list of my top 10 Shanghai museums for your reference.

No.1: Shanghai Museum 上海博物馆
The scope, depth and quality of its collections, and the striking architecture and use of modern technology make the Shanghai Museum one of the most famous if not the most famous in China. It covers an area of 38,000 square meters, with a scale that surpasses the old museum severalfold. The exterior of the museum utilizes the shape of an ancient bronze ding, specifically a Chen ding, with its rather archaic flavor.

Address: 201 Renmin Road,  Shanghai
 Entrance Fee: free
Telephone: 021-63723500
Bus Route: take bus 46, 71, 112, 123, 145, 916, 925 or Tunnel Line 6 and get off at People’s Square Station
Open Time: 09:00-17:00 (tickets stop selling at 16:00)  ( all year round )

Shanghai Museum
Shanghai Museum
No.2: Shanghai Natural History Museum 上海自然博物馆
Shanghai Natural History Museum is a museum dedicated to natural history. It is one of the largest museums of natural sciences in China. Unlike most of Shanghai’s museums, which are glossy and modern, this museum, like its contents, has seemingly been frozen in time, which perversely makes it a rather delightful visit. There is the usual collection of animals, mummies and fossils.
Address: 260 Yan’an East Road, Shanghai

Entrance Fee: free
Telephone: 021-63213548
Bus Route: 09:00-17:00 (Closed on Monday )
Open Time: Bus Routes 71, 127, 26, 17, 926, 66, etc.

 Shanghai Natural History Museum
Shanghai Natural History Museum

No.3: Shanghai History Museum 上海历史博物馆

Shanghai History Museum is located at No. 1286, Hongqiao Road, Shanghai.  The museum adopts the display with “real objects in the scenes” supplemented with high-tech methods, combining cultural relics, stage properties, models, sound and light into one. The exhibition demonstrates to visitors the folk customs and habits of old Shanghai citizens.Address: No. 1286, Hongqiao Road, Shanghai

Entrance Fee: Free
Telephone: +86 21 -62755595

Open Time: 09:00-15:30 ( Closed on Monday )

No.4: Shanghai Science & Technology Museum 上海科技馆
Shanghai Science & Technology Museum is a large museum in Pudong, Shanghai, close to Century Park, the largest park of the city. The museum covers an area of 68,000 square meters, a floor space of 98,000 square meters and an exhibition space of 65,500 square meters with planned visiting flow of 2,000,000 to 3,000,000 visitors per year. Shanghai Science & Technology Museum will arrange temporary exhibitions during a whole year.
Address: 2000 Shiji Dadao, Pudong, Shanghai.

Entrance Fee:  Free

Telephone: 021-68622000
Bus Route: Subway Line 2, Buses No. 987, 815, 983…
Open Time: 09:00-17:15 ( Closed on Monday )
Add: No.2000, Century Avenue, Pudong New District, Shanghai 上海浦东新区世纪大道2000号

No.5: Shanghai Natural Wild-Insect Kingdom 上海大自然野生昆虫馆
Shanghai Natural Wild-Insect Kingdom, located between the Riverside Promenade and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, is the first of its kind in China. The birds and the bees, the beetles and the butterflies, all your usual creepy crawlies are on display in this kingdom housing several galleries, including a tropical rainforest and a reptile cave.

Address: 1 Fenghe Rd, Pudong, Shanghai.
Entrance Fee: CNY 60
Telephone: +86 21 58406950
Bus Route: The closest metro station to the tower is Lujiazui Station on Metro Line No.2. Buses No. 82, 996, 971, 799, 798…
Open Time: 9:00-17:00 ( all year round )

Shanghai Natural Wild-Insect Kingdom
Shanghai Natural Wild-Insect Kingdom

No.6: Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum 上海工艺美术博物馆

In the main building of the museum is the exhibition hall for folk arts, carvings and embroideries, composing 10 specialized workshops staffed with 50 professional artisans. The exhibits and collections in the museum and research institute are the masterpieces of modern and contemporary arts and crafts. There are shops in the museum and the research institute offering art works, arts and crafts and tourist souvenirs.Address: 79 Fenyang Road, Shanghai

Entrance Fee: CNY 8
Telephone: +86 21 64311431
Bus Route: Buses No. 45, 42, 926, 920, 911, 945…
Open Time: 9:00-17:00

Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum
Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum

No.7: Shanghai Museum of TCM 上海中医药博物馆

Shanghai TCM Museum, the museum of the profound TCM and TCM culture, was opened in the new campus of Shanghai TCM University in Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park,  Pudong New Area in October 2004. The museum consists of three parts: the Medical History Museum of Shanghai TCM University/ Chinese Medical Association, the Specimen Room of Chinese Herbal Medicine and the History Museum of School.Address: 1200 Cailun Rd. Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
Entrance Fee: CNY 15
Telephone: +86 21 51322710, 51322712
Bus Route: Zhangnan Bus Line, Tangchuan Bus Line, Daqiao 5 Bus Line, Daqiao 6 Bus Line, Metro Line 2 at Zhangjiang Station
Open Time: 9:00-16:00, closed every Monday

No.7: Shanghai Museum of TCM
No.7: Shanghai Museum of TCM

No.8: Navy Shanghai Museum  上海海军博物馆
The Navy Museum in Shanghai is located in Haibin Residence Community, the eastern part of Lujing, BaoShan District, covering an area of 11,000 square meters with its building area of 5000 meters. The museum originally was Changjiang Warship Memorial Hall, and further extended into an half-round modern building in late time. The Shanghai Museum of Navy consists of 4 exhibition halls.

Address: 68 Tanghou Rd. Wusong, Shanghai

Entrance Fee: Free
Telephone: +86 21 56163295
Bus Route: Buses No. 51, 90, 101, 116, 531, 719, 848…
Open Time: 08:30-16:30 ( Closed on MOnday )

 Navy Shanghai Museum
Navy Shanghai Museum

No.9: Shanghai Postal Museum 上海邮政博物馆
If you are interested in postal history and precious stamps, you can have a visit to the Shanghai Postal Museum at 250 North Suzhou Road. You will get closer to the past, present and future of the city’s postal service there. With a space of 8000 square meters, there is the duplicated horse-drawn carriage used in 1909, the truck model used in 1917. All these relics reappear the postal development and changes.

Address: 250 North Suzhou Road, Shanghai.

Entrance Fee: CNY 8
Telephone: +86 21 63936666
Bus Route: Sightseeing Bus 10
Open Time: 09:00-1600 Every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

No.10: Shanghai Entomological Museum 上海昆虫博物馆
Insects are probably the most successful life form on the planet. The Shanghai Entomological Museum is located within the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences in Xuhui District. Shanghai Entomological Museum has collected more than one million insect specimens. Among the collections, there are a great number of animals on the brink of extinction and the insect specimens of quarantine.

Address: 300 Fenglin Road, Shanghai

Entrance Fee: CNY 15
Telephone: +86 21 54924191
Bus Route: Buses No. 43, 49, 72, 89, 104, 128, 218, 572, 733, 806
Open Time: 9:00-17:00 ( all year round )
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5 thoughts on “Top 10 Shanghai Museums

  1. We went to the navy museum Shanghai on Friday 5th of April 2013, they don’t allow foreigners in, wasted our time good mood and taxi money 🙁
    Patrick, Naranbat and Saranbat.

  2. Hello Patrick De Smet,

    Really? i thought foreigners could visit the Navy Museum privided that they showed their passports. We’ll check. Thanks!

  3. The Natural History Museum is wonderful but not free. I paid a 5 RMB entrance fee which was the best value for money.

  4. there’re lots of nice museum in Sh! I’d also include wine and spirits museum to the list. its advantage that is free of charge for sure, plus free wine tasting; though previous reservation is required which is easy to make.

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