Shanghai's Best Museums
Collected by Christy Campbell, AFAR Local Expert
In a city layered with history, explore Shanghai's maritime heritage, its Communist past, its arts and textiles, even its urban planning, including classic imperial buildings of the early 20th century and futuristic skyscrapers of today.
100 Renmin Ave, RenMin GuangChang, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
It can be difficult to orient yourself on the ground in Shanghai. A map will help, but an aerial view of the city will show you just how awesome this city is. You could charter a helicopter, but a far cheaper option is seeing the...
62 Changyang Rd, Hongkou Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200082
475 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
At the far northern end of the Bund, in Shanghai, stands an enormous monument and museum to the people of the city. Once a bustling industrial port, the Bund is now a major tourist attraction. If you arrive at sunrise, don't be surprised to find...
Changning, China, 200085
One of Shanghai's most fascinating museums is hidden in the basement of a French Concession high-rise. Yang Pei Ming started collecting Maoist-era (1949–1979) propaganda posters in 1995—first as a hobby, and then to preserve these...
685 Changjiang W Rd, Baoshan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
The Shanghai Museum of Glass, housed in a former glassmaking factory, features ancient artifacts such as blown-glass hairpins from the Song Dynasty as well as modern glass sculptures by Chinese and international artists, many of them American....
119 Madang Rd, XinTianDi, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
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...
China, Shanghai Shi, Pudong Xinqu, 申港大道197号
A little outside of town, the city of Lingang is the handiwork of German architects GMP and the only city of this scale to be founded in the last century. While the city itself is slightly Stepford-esque, the Maritime Museum has some real heart. A...
289 Aomen Rd, Putuo Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
If you’ve ever wondered what the process looks like between the worm and the robe, the Shanghai Silk Museum will uncover the mystery for you. Built more as an addition to the gift store than the other way around, it’s still an interesting spot,...
201 Renmin Ave, RenMin GuangChang, Huangpu Qu, China, 200003
Shanghai Museum is located on People's Square, the site of a former horse-racing track. Designed in the shape of an ancient bronze cooking vessel called a ding, the museum showcases antiquities from every era of Chinese history, including...
395 Tiantong Rd, SiChuan BeiLu, Hongkou Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200002
I didn't expect much when I went to check out the Postal Museum but was pleasantly surprised. As a key trading port as well as a semi-colonized city, Shanghai has a unique past when it comes to mail. The second half of the museum (documenting the...
- 1 Travel News This Tiny Country Is Europe’s Fastest Growing Destination
- 2 Exceptional Travel Experiences Thailand Wants to Pay You to Travel the Country Like a Local
- 3 Where to Go in Winter The Sweetest Small Towns in the U.S. to Visit This Winter
- 4 Air Travel AFAR Readers Reveal Their Favorite U.S. Airports
- 5 History + Culture 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Need to Visit This Winter