Last updated by david at 2013-11-3
Shanghai Museum is a large museum featured in ancient Chinese art. It is situated on the south side of the People’s Square in Huangpu District of central Shanghai. It is one of the largest and best museums in China.
The museum has an exhibition area of 12,000 square meters, with 12 themed exhibition halls. Shanghai Museum houses over 120,000 pieces of precious historical, artistic and cultural relics, which can be categorized into 21 kinds, such as bronze wares, calligraphy works, ethnic minorities’ artifacts, seals and lacquer wares. Amongst all the collections, the highlights of the museum include bronze wares, ceramics porcelain, jade articles, seals, furniture, calligraphy works and paintings. Besides permanent exhibitions, special temporary exhibitions are also available.
History and Architecture
Shanghai Museum was established in 1952, on the former site of Shanghai Race Club, at No. 325 of West Nanjing Road. In October of 1959, the museum was moved to the former Zhonghui Building at No. 16 of South Henan Road. In the 1990s, Shanghai Municipal Government made a decision to allocate a piece of land on the golden area of People’s Square to the museum to build a new site.
The new site of the museum was completed and opened to the public in 1996. The architecture of the museum has a square base and a round top, which is a reflection of ancient Chinese people’s perception of the universe with round sky and square earth.
On the first floor there are bronze ware hall, sculpture hall and special exhibition hall. On the second floor there are ceramics and porcelains hall, Zandelou Ceramics Hall and special exhibition hall. On the third floor there are calligraphy hall, paintings hall and seals hall. On the fourth floor there are ancient coins hall, ancient furniture hall, ethnic minority artifacts hall and special exhibition hall.
Shanghai Museum has a collection of 120,000 pieces of precious relics, and some of them are of national importance. The categories of collections include bronze ware, jade, porcelain, stone sculpture, ancient coins, silk and embroidery, calligraphy, painting and ethnic artifacts, and their history spans from Paleolithic period to modern times. The well-known collections of the museum such as bronze ware, furniture, jade, paintings and calligraphy cannot be missed when you are visiting the museum.
Among the bronze ware collections, the most important ones include bronze tripods of various sizes and shapes from the Shang and Zhou dynasties. Displayed in the simple but elegant cases and moderate lighting, some 400 bronze items from ancient times will reveal to you the history and development of China’s ancient bronze art.
The calligraphy and painting collections include works from ancient dynasties in chronological order, from as early as the Jin Dynasty of about 2000 years ago, to the Qing Dynasty in the early stage of the last century. The displays are staged in traditional Chinese decorations style and ambience.
The exhibition of ancient Chinese furniture is a special feature of Shanghai Museum. It presents vividly what the rooms and gardens were like back in the Ming and Qing dynasties. It takes up about 700 square meters of exhibition space, with about 100 pieces of well-preserved ancient Chinese furniture.
Solo Adventure Tips:
No. 201 (near Wusheng Road), Renmin Avenue, Huangpu District. It is located on the south side of People’s Square in the city center of Shanghai.
How to Get There?
You can take public bus No. 454, 112, 123, 71, 934, 145 or 46. You can also take subway line No. 1, 2 or 8 and get off at People’s Square Station.
Ticket Price: Free
Opening Hours: 9:00－17:00 (No admission after 16:00)
9:00－17:00 (No admission after 16:00)
More Tips: Tel: 021-63723500
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