Housed in a restored shikumen (stone-frame house, typical of the architecture of the 1920s and '30s) in Xintiandi, the Site of the First Chinese National Congress is worth a visit. The museum documents the start of communism in China in a rather succinct and accessible way.
If you have any interest in the history of the country, you’ll find this museum engaging if not amusing. There’s even a wax figure reenactment (reminiscent of Madame Tussaud’s) of Mao Zedong and the 12 other Chinese revolutionaries who founded the Chinese Communist Party on July 23, 1921.
Open daily 9:00am - 5:00pm