You can't get to know a place until you've been to the local museum. Here you'll get a sense of what the place was, what it is, and hopefully gain insight into where what it will be. In Shanghai, you can see a clear record of the past starting with the natural history museum, the Shanghai museum and smaller homage museums like the former residence of Dr. Sun Yat-sen. You can see the present by enjoying the city, and the future by visiting the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, which includes an impressive model of the entire city. Standing on the platform overlooking the model of Shanghai will finally help you find yourself in China's largest city!
The Shanghai Museum explains it all! From the origins of Chinese civilization right down to modern artifacts. Orient yourself with Chinese history and culture through real artifacts and objects. The Shanghai History Museum compliments this nicely and you can segway into nature with the Shanghai Natural History Museum or localize yourself to a certain area in Shanghai as with the Bund Museum.
For an odd tour through history, why not take a peek in Tongli's sexual culture museum? You'll learn the origins of many things you've never wondered about. This isn't an especially family friendly tourist spot!
The Shanghai Science and Technology Museum is fun for all ages and offers a bit of education as well as entertainment. Likewise, the Urban Planning Hall is a great way to spend a day. The floor-wide model of the city is especially impressive, as are the government's plans for Shanghai.
201 Renmin Da Dao
People's Sq., Huangpu District
See the history of Chinese art, from Bronze galleries to Calligraphy... read more
Renmin Da Dao 100
Huangpu (northeast of the Shanghai Museum; entrance on east side)
The perfect place to grab a sneak peak at the government's plans for Shanghai's illustrious future... read more
Xiangshan Lu 7
Luwan (west of Fuxing Park at Sinan Lu)
beloved founder of the Chinese Republic... read more
1A Zhong Shan East Road
Zhongshan South Road & Renmen Road
Ming Dynasty gardens with a modern souvenir shopping mall surrounding the main pond... read more
Fenyang Lu 79
Xuhui (at intersection with Taiyuan Lu)
Rotating Exhibits of Arts and Crafts... read more
1 Century Blvd
Oriental Pearl Tower
Yan'an Dong Lu 260
Huangpu (at Henan Nan Lu)