During my trip to Shanghai I had the pleasure of visiting the Shanghai Museum, the Museum of Chinese Ancient Art which is at number 201 of Renmin Road at the People’s Square, the most central square of the city in the district of Huangpu. It takes about three hours to do a nice tour of the galleries depending on the presence or absence of special exhibitions and temporary ones. The museum which from the exterior deliberately resembles a large temple, is divided over four floors where there are bronzes, ceramics, sculptures, coins, paintings, drawings, original clothes, objects made of jade, Chinese calligraphy, furniture, arts and crafts and temporary exhibitions exposed. I usually do not like ceramics, they are the sections of the museums that I tend to skip, but the vases from the Ming literally leave you speechless along with the impressive sculptures.
You can freely take photos inside the museum which is open year round, Monday to Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00 o’clock. Pay attention to your arrival time because from 16:00 they no longer allow access to visitors. They may ask you for your identification and / or passport so bring your own. Besides that, when entering you’ll have your bags checked and if you’re drinking something at the time, you will be asked to try it in front of their eyes to show that it is not poison, explosives etc.
Access is free except in some very rare occasions and special events, therefore you do not pay a ticket to see all these beautiful works of art. Excellent example of the promotion of culture!
While in Shanghai don’t forget to check: The water village of Zhujiajiao in Shanghai.