The 8 Most Unusual Museums in Shanghai
There are a great number of museums in Shanghai, however, there are some that you may never have seen before. From the Chopsticks Kingdom to the Palace of Music Boxes, Shanghai is brimming with unexpected fun.
Now let's look at the most unusual museums.
1. The Shanghai Typewriter Museum
Entrance fee: Free
Opening times: 10am–10pm
What makes it unique: The Shanghai Typewriter Museum is the third typewriter museum in the world after the British Museum and the Museum of Lausanne. The museum has collected nearly 300 typewriters of 32 brands and 14 languages from Britain, France, Germany, the United States, Italy and other countries.
Must-see attraction: The oldest typewriter: the Redwood beauty made in 1809.
Address: 248 Wuxing Road, near West Jianguo Road
Telephone: +86 21 6466 4556
2. The Shanghai Animation Museum
Entrance fee:30 yuan (adults)
Opening times: 10am–5pm from Tuesday to Sunday
What makes it unique: On the first floor, the museum will show you a fantastic history of animation beginning with Chinese shadow play to the Disney characters of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck in America. The hall is full of movie posters interspersed with life-size statues and film clips. The second floor is a paradise for kids as well as a commercial area. Popular cartoon dubbing can even be done here.
Must-see attraction: The cinema at the top (includes entrance fee).
Transportation:Take Subway Line 2, get off at Jinke Station, and take a taxi to the museum.
Telephone: +86 21 5895 7998
3. The Shanghai Gallery of Antique Music Boxes and Mechanical Works
Entrance fee:50 yuan; half price on every first and third Saturday of each month.
Opening times: 10am–5pm
What makes it unique: Different kinds of music boxes are displayed, most of which were made in Europe.
Must-see attraction: The oldest music box in the world: a small golden contraption which was made in 1796.
Address: Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Road, near Yingchun Road.
Transportation: Take Subway Line 2; get off at Shanghai Science and Technology Museum Station.
Telephone: +86 21 6854 7647
4. The Shanghai Chopsticks Museum
Entrance fee: Free
Opening times: every day (advanced telephone booking needed)
What makes it unique:This museum is small and cold, it is perhaps the smallest museum in Shanghai. Displayed in the showcases on the first floor are different kinds of chopsticks collected by the 81-year-old writer, Lan Xiang, who has travelled to lots of places in Asia. There is a total of more than 2,000 pairs of chopsticks, among which is a pair of gold plated silver chopsticks descended from the Tang Dynasty.
Must-see attraction: The book Chinese Chopsticks, written by Lan Xiang, which contains three languages: Chinese, English and French.
Address: 191 Duolun Road, near North Sichuan Road
Transportation: Take Subway Line 3 and get off at Dongbaoxing Road Station.
Telephone: +86 21 5671 7528
5. The Shanghai Ink Museum
Entrance fee: Free
Opening times: 9:30am–5:30pm
What makes it unique: Beginning with the history of manufacturing ink, the museum, which has only one room, introduces the story of how the ink was transferred to Shanghai. The glass showcase displays a variety of ink and brushes, while the scroll on the wall shows the beauty of Chinese calligraphy.
Must-see attraction:There is an audio commentary beside each of the exhibits which tells the stories behind these artworks.
Address: First floor, 429, Fujian Road, near Fujian Zhong Road
Telephone: +86 21 6328 155
6. The Shanghai Postal Museum
Opening times: 9am–4pm every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
What makes it unique: It is located in the post office which was built in the colonial era and has an aristocratic glass atrium. Having a careful layout, it shows the story of early post in detail and displays the tortoiseshell and inscribed bamboo slips as well as the clay seal letters used to ensure the privacy of letters.
Must-see attraction: The yellowing old letters which postmarked the concession.
Address: 250 North Suzhou Road
Telephone:+86 21 6325 0855
7. The Shanghai Police Museum
Entrance fee: 8 yuan
Opening times :11am–4pm from Monday to Sunday
What makes it unique:There are 8,000 exhibits in this museum, which show the history from the mid-nineteenth century to the present security forces. Various wax statues of patrol staff such as the Indians, English and Chinese, as well as rich and comprehensive exhibits ranging from badges, uniforms and posters to the full function of emergency vehicles are displayed in the spacious hall.
Must-see attraction: The pistol kept by Sun Yat-sen.
Address: Second to fourth floors, 518 South Ruijin Road, near Xietu Road
Telephone: +86 21 6472 0256
8. The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum
Entrance fee: 50 yuan (adults)
Opening times: 9am–5pm (last entry: 4:30pm)
What makes it unique: This museum is located in the former Jewish Mose hall built in 1927 by Russian Jews. The original church site was on the first floor, while the second is used to display the artworks related to Judaism. The most attractive pavilion is the outside hall, where the story about how the Jews escaped and sought refuge during World War II is narrated in detail.
Must-see attraction: The story about the Jewish man who missed his lover, Miss Huang, from Shanghai. Obviously, Miss Huang left him because of someone who she thought was a foreign oil tycoon but found that he just owned a gas station in Texas.
Address: 62 Changyang Road, near Zhoushan Road
Telephone: +86 21 6512 6669
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