Thursday, March 20, 2008

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum 上海博物館

Shanghai Museum
Shanghai Museum
Located in Shanghai's People's Park, the Shanghai Museum is well worth an afternoon. Devoted to ancient Chinese art, it also has wonderful exhibits of regional art and artifacts.

The permanent collection consists of ancient Chinese bronzes, sculpture, ceramics, jades, paintings, calligraphy, seals, stamps, furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties, and a large selection of crafts by ethnic "minorities" (i.e., non-Han).

Perhaps the most interesting exhibits are of the clothing and goods related to the many non-Han peoples who still live in China. From clothing to tools, handicrafts to boats, the well-laid-out exhibit is a splash of color.

There is very little English explanation, beyond what the item is and where it is from. The Museum though has worked hard to display the items in well-lit, elegant spaces.

Access - Getting There

Walking distance from Renmin Guangchang subway station. People's Park is quite centrally located in Shanghai, and it is possible to walk from the Bund (about 25 minutes).

The Museum is open from 9 am - 17 pm. Admission was 20 Yuan ($2.80) during an early March visit. The Museum's website is now advertising that, as of March 10, admission is free.

Shanghai Museum, No. 201 Renmin Avenue, Shanghai, China, 200003
Tel.: (021) 63725300-132, or hot-line (021) 96968686

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