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            • Shanghai Natural History Museum

              • Address
                510 Beijing Xi Lu, near Chengdu Bei Lu
                北京西路510号, 近成都北路
              • Phone
                6262 0280

              This new location for Shanghai Natural History Museum opened in Spring 2015. Shiny and new, its exhibitions are well funded, curated, and researched. Features dino-bots and lots of taxidermy, live bugs and amphibians, fossils and skeletons. Maximum educational... Read more

            • Shanghai History Museum

              • Address
                325 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu
                南京西路325号, 近黄陂南路
              • Phone
                6323 2504

              Built in 1934 as the Shanghai Race Club and known for its iconic bell tower, the most recent two-year renovation of this space gave us one of Shanghai's best museums. It sports 9,800-square-meters (that's 2.42 acres) of exhibition area, with around 1,100 artifacts on... Read more

            • Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

              • Address
                100 Renmin Da Dao, near Xizang Lu
                上海城市规划展示馆, 人民大道100号, 近西藏路
              • Phone
                6318 4477

              One of Shanghai's best and most visited museums, the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall at People's Square documents the changing face of Shanghai and is an essential vising point for those interested in the evolution of the city. A perfect scale model of the entire city... Read more

            • Shanghai Auto Museum

              • Address
                7565 Boyuan Lu, Anting Town, Shanghai
              • Phone
                6955 0055

              Some space age-looking building in bumblefuck nowhere that looks like like it was designed by Mega Man. Surprisingly well done. Even if you don't know anything or care anything about cars. Five floors and five exhibition spaces: the History Pavilion traces the... Read more

            • Lu Hanbin Typewriter Museum

              • Address
                7F, 719 Yan'an Xi Lu, near Jiangsu Lu
                延安西路719号7楼, 近江苏路
              • Phone
                6466 4556

              Lu Hanbin typewriter museum (陆汉斌打字机博物馆) is a small, nice and quiet museum / cafe dedicated to antique typewriters. The venue is owned by Czech-based Chinese businessman Lu Hanbin, which opened in 2010 then relocated to this address in 2014. The museum collected... Read more

            • Museum of Illusions

              • Address
                2/F, 168 Jiujiang Lu, near Jiangxi Zhong Lu
              • Phone
                6333 2600

              The 16th edition of the Croatian Museum of Illusions. The popular international attraction features puzzles, holograms and general optical trickery that will leave you well and truly bamboozled. Read more

            • Propaganda Poster Art Centre

              • Address
                7/F, East Bldg, 726 Yan'an Xi Lu, near Jiangsu Lu
                延安西路726号东楼7层, 近江苏路
              • Phone
                139 0184 1246

              This is the new location for this slightly secretive museum. During December 2019, it moved out of its old basement and into this old-fashioned office building. Propaganda Poster Art Center has a collection of hundreds of original posters from the Mao years as well... Read more

            • Science & Technology Museum

              • Address
                2000 Century Avenue, near Jinxiu Lu
                世纪大道2000号, 近锦绣路
              • Phone
                6862 2000

              This is Shanghai's main science museum and it's a good day out, especially if you have kids. It's split into two wings, one of which is full of slightly moth-eaten stuffed animals, the other with interactive exhibits about computing, robotics, cells, space travel and... Read more

            • Shanghai Museum

              • Address
                201 Renmin Da Dao, near Huangpi Bei Lu
                上海博物馆, 人民大道201号, 近黄陂北路
              • Phone
                6372 3500

              The top of the Shanghai Museum is shaped like an ancient Chinese cooking pot, so it should be tough to miss. Eleven galleries spread over four floors offer an artistic historical tour of the Middle Kingdom dating from as far back as 20 centuries B.C.E. Jade, Ming and... Read more

            • Shanghai Museum of Glass

              • Address
                Bldg 8, 685 Changjiang Xi Lu
                宝山区, 长江西路685号8号楼
              • Phone
                6618 1970

              Opened in Spring 2011, the Shanghai Museum of Glass is a welcome addition to the city's cultural scene. Housed in a renovated former factory, the beautifully displayed exhibits guide visitors through the history of glass, some of its lesser known applications and a... Read more

            • Jewish Refugee Museum

              • Address
                62 Changyang Lu, near Zhoushan Lu
                长阳路62号, 近舟山路
              • Phone
                6541 5008

              There's not loads to see in this former synagogue, but if you're interested in the lives of the 30,000 Jewish refugees who settled in Shanghai before and during the Second World War, this is the place to go. There are two permanent exhibits with artifacts from the... Read more

            • Shanghai Film Museum

              • Address
                595 Caoxi Bei Lu, near Puhuitang Lu
                漕溪北路595号, 近蒲汇塘路
              • Phone
                6426 8666

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            • Shikumen Open House Museum

              • Address
                Lane 181, Taicang Lu, near Madang Lu
                太仓路181弄, 近马当路
              • Phone
                3307 0337

              This is a tiny little place in Xintiandi which aims to capture what life was like 100 years ago in a traditional Shikumen house. There are about five rooms decked out with antiques and period furniture and they do give you some idea what life was like for those who... Read more

            • Jackie Chan Museum

              • Address
                78 Yunling Dong Lu, near Daduhe Lu
                云岭东路78号, 近大渡河路
              • Phone
                6040 3232

              An odd, odd place, is it what it is. Tons of props, make-up, costumes, bits from famous sets, and all around just a cornucopia of Jackie Chan memorabilia. It's like taking a trip to a garage sale held deep in the recesses of Jackie Chan's fractured subconscious.... Read more

            • Shanghai Children's Museum

              • Address
                61 Songyuan Lu, near Huangjin Cheng Dao
                宋园路61号, 近黄金城道
              • Phone
                6278 3130

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            • Madame Tussaud's

              • Address
                10/F, New World Department Store,People's Square68 Nanjing Xi Lu,near Xizang Lu
              • Phone
                6358 7878

              Located on the tenth floor of the New World Building, Madame Tussauds allows visitors to mingle with the rich, famous and (sometimes) deceased. Aside from taking your picture onstage with Michael Jackson you can also walk through Madame's maze of horror. This... Read more

            • Aurora Museum

              • Address
                Aurora Building, 99 Fucheng Lu, near Dongchang Lu
                富城路99号震旦大厦, 近东昌路
              • Phone
                5840 8899

              A modern, sleek-looking 6-story museum on the Pudong banks of the Huangpu, housing Chinese artifacts. Opened in 2013, the museum's well-regraded for its collection of jade, porcelain, and sculptures dating from throughout China's history. Ticket prices are 60rmb... Read more

            • Great World (Da Shi Jie)

              • Address
                1 Xizang Nan Lu, near Yan'an Dong Lu
                西藏南路1号, 近延安东路
              • Phone

              Four floors of ICH -- intangible cultural heritage scattered around the venue. Showcasing historical objects from not just Shanghai, but around China. It also has a big stage in the center, a few stages/ theaters on each floor. Events such as traditional opera,... Read more

            • Minhang Museum

              • Address
                1538 Xinzhen Lu, near Xinlong Lu
                新镇路1538号, 近新龙路
              • Phone

              The original Minhang Museum was opened in 2002 and closed in 2011. Its new location currently has one permanent display of traditional Chinese musical instruments and a temporary exhibition area. Multimedia interactions installations, as well as English translations,... Read more

            • Shanghai Public Security Museum

              • Address
                2-4/F, 518 Ruijin Nan Lu, near Xietu Lu
                瑞金南路518号2-4层, 近斜土路
              • Phone
                6472 0256

              This rather menacing place plots the history of that most beloved Shanghai institution, the local security machine. The focus is on the police department but there's some spy stuff to be found too. Most of the signage is in Chinese, but head to the third floor where... Read more