History Attractions in Shanghai

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  • 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.

    Shanghai Museum

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    201 Renmin Da Dao
    People's Sq., Huangpu District

    See the history of Chinese art, from Bronze galleries to Calligraphy... read more

    Tongli Water Village and Ancient Sexual Culture Museum

    Heritage Tour... read more

    Shanghai Science & Technology Museum (SSTM)

    2000 Century Avenue

    Shanghai's Science Hub... read more

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    Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

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    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

    Sun Yat-sen's Former Residence (Sun Zhongshan Guju Jinianguan)

    Xiangshan Lu 7
    Luwan (west of Fuxing Park at Sinan Lu)

    beloved founder of the Chinese Republic... read more

    Bund Museum

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    1A Zhong Shan East Road
    (Wai Tan)

    History of the 'Bund'... read more

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    Yu Gardens

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    Zhongshan South Road & Renmen Road

    Ming Dynasty gardens with a modern souvenir shopping mall surrounding the main pond... read more

    Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts (Shanghai Gongyi Meishu Bowuguan)

    Fenyang Lu 79
    Xuhui (at intersection with Taiyuan Lu)

    Rotating Exhibits of Arts and Crafts... read more

    Shanghai History Museum

    1 Century Blvd
    Oriental Pearl Tower

    History of China... read more

    Natural History Museum

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    Yan'an Dong Lu 260
    Huangpu (at Henan Nan Lu)

    Genuine treasures, genuine dust... read more
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