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New York, New York
January 19, 2010
London, United Kingdom
October 2, 2006
From journal Sexy Shanghai
January 23, 2005
From journal Shanghai: Paris of the East
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
October 7, 2004
The building itself is a stunning $700-million masterpiece, which is specially designed to recall an ancient ding – a three-legged food/wine vessel used for cooking and serving. The entrance is guarded by a row of lions and mythological beasts.
The main galleries are located at the first to fourth floors, which can be accessed by an escalator.
The First Floor
1. Ancient Chinese Bronze Gallery
2. Ancient Chinese Sculpture Gallery
The Second Floor
1. Ancient Chinese Ceramics Gallery
2. Zande Lou Ceramics Gallery
The Third Floor
1. Chinese Painting Gallery
2. Chinese Calligraphy Gallery
3. Chinese Seal Gallery
The Fourth Floor
1. Chinese Minority Nationalities’ Art Gallery
2. Ancient Chinese Jade Gallery
3. Chinese Coin Gallery
4. Chinese Ming & Qing Furniture Gallery
5. Room of Ancient Central Asian Coins on the Silk Road
You may need a half-day to cover all of them, and the fourth floor will take more time than the others with many more displays. My personal suggestion is to start from the fourth floor to the first floor, so that you don’t have to waste time getting down to the ground floor once you have finished.
Photography is allowed in most of the galleries.
RMB20 for adults or RMB5 for students
9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (last entry at 4pm)
From journal The Old and New Shanghai
June 14, 2004
Most of the display's description were in Chinese, so foreigners may not understand. But the wax, the cars, the various things are still interesting to look at.
From journal Shanghai
Hamilton Square, New Jersey
October 28, 2002
As is my habit, I decided to see the museum from the top down. The fourth floor housed, among other things, a display of some beautiful items of the ethnic people of China. The vast majority of Chinese people belong to the Han ethnicity, but a wide range of other cultures have been recognized by the Chinese government as having "special" cultural significance. The Shanghai Museum and the Museum of Ethnic People in Guilin celebrate the differences in dress, music and culture of the diverse ethnic groups. The costumes and jewelry on display are very different in this section are very different than those of Han manufacture seen elsewhere.
Other special collections include a large display of jade items and one of pottery. Chops, or seals bearing the carved name of the people who owned them, are shown in a carefully designed exhibit that demonstrates how they changed over time. Coins and weapons are similary shown.
I enjoyed the display of furniture, most of it from the 16th and 17th centuries. There were two rooms of furniture that had been set up to represent a calligrapher's workshop and the reception room of a noble house. Other pieces are shown individually, allowing you to examine the handicraft up close.
Cameras are allowed throughout the museum. I didn't even get a reproaching glance for using my flash. The museum is relatively new, and I think the curator and staff are happy to see people taking pictures to share the experience and encourage others to visit.
More information about the ethnic minorities can be found here (I apologize for any political agenda, but it has a good description and lots of pictures).
From journal First Impressions of Shanghai
August 1, 2002
From journal Study in China
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
August 30, 2001
Shanghai Museum is a large-scale art museum worthy of anyone’s time. Its 120,000-piece collection of cultural relics focuses particularly on bronze and porcelain works, books and paintings. The building is situated within People's Square, the political and cultural centre of the city. Other buildings here are the City Hall, the Grand Shanghai Theatre and the underground shopping centre.
The museum building is shaped like a large bronze pot. It has 10 exhibition halls devoted to different subjects, one hall for donated relics and three for temporary exhibitions. We had two hours to ‘see’ the collection and failed miserably. A day would be justified for this building, particularly if you have particular interest in Chinese history and artifacts.
The best way to tour the exhibition is with the English language audio guide. This uses digital random access technology, which enables you to enjoy the commentary and interpretation on the selected art works at your own pace. There is an introduction to the museum section, gallery overviews, and background sections on various other interesting topics. You access all this by use of a hand-carry controller and earphones.
We thought the most interesting sections were those with the spectacular old masterpieces but obviously others will have different ideas. There is enough variety and interest to keep most people happy for hours. Before leaving, you should visit the museum shop. We were amazed by the copies and imitations of ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy. We were told that workers at the museum specially make all the goods. The jades, cloisonne, lacquer and wooded wares were also appealing.
From journal Seeing China's Future
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
January 25, 2001
The museum is on 4 levels and the galleries lead off from a central atrium. The displays are divided into different categories, including bronzeware, chinaware, sculpture, coins, furniture, seals, jade, arts and crafts from ethnic minorities, and calligraphy. We found it impossible to see everything in one day.
Student could get a reduced entry price, so it was rather unfortunate that I had lost my student card that morning (!!). However, in one of those ‘flash bulb’ moments, I rummaged around and found a photocopy of the letter I used for my visa inviting me - as a student - to China. They accepted it!
We decided to split up and meet at around 2 for lunch. We had found out that you could leave the museum for lunch and then come back in later on. This was just as well as the prices in both the museum’s teashop and restaurant were rather expensive.
I wandered into the stoneware section on the bottom floor, while the other disappeared into other directions. For the next few hours I didn’t see any of my traveling companions and I did quite enjoy the time by myself. In each section the display is designed to show the evolution of art in China. As long as you start in the right place, you can follow the developments through of whichever craft you’re actually looking at. Unfortunately I didn’t realise this until halfway through the jade section (I don’t think it really mattered)
While the paintings and the calligraphy didn’t mean so much to me, I really enjoyed the sculpture, bronze work, jade and seal galleries. The pottery section was also very interesting. There were models of different kilns that had been used throughout history and a young man demonstrated a traditional method for making pots. The lighting in the museum was really effective, quite dim, with spotlights highlighting individual pieces.
After lunch, I went back with Clare to the stoneware gallery to take a picture of a piece she had especially taken to. I had already taken one of a ‘Loka Pali’ that I had liked (he appeared to be having a great amount of fun). I think she was a little offended when I said I thought her bhodisattva looked like Queen Victoria. However, she ended up having the last laugh - my picture of the Loka Pali came out blurry, where as ‘Queen Victoria’ looks really good. Oh yeah - photography was allowed, just not with a flash.
From journal Bumbling Through Shanghai