NileGuide Expert Says:
This museum, nestled in the very hip People’s Square area, is home to the government’s detailed history and future hopes for the Shanghai area.
Renmin Da Dao 100
Huangpu (northeast of the Shanghai Museum; entrance on east side)
200003 Shanghai, China
tel: 86 021/6372-2077
fax: +86 21 6372 2077
Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm (last ticket sold 4pm); Fri-Sun 9am-6pm (last ticket 5pm)
NileGuide Expert tip:
Make sure you see the full-floor model of the city on the top floor
If your stay in Shanghai will be long, then the museum is worth a short daytrip, however, if you only have a few days then this propaganda and modeling center can be skipped in favor of something more up to date or lively. The first floor holds a small model of the city, covered in dust and looking dejected and lonely. The second floor is a pictorial history of the area which is worth a look-see. Some images show a side by side view of the city 30 years ago and today, which is quite amusing only if you know the city well. The third floor is where the magic happens. A model of the city stretching across some 50 yards shows every street, building and alley in fine, dusty detail. The fourth floor holds some interesting models and literature on China's first green city, to be completed outside Shanghai sometime in the future.