photo of chinatravelkey arrow Home: China Attractions : Shanghai Attractions :

Shanghai Museum

As a museum of ancient Chinese art, Shanghai Museum possesses a collection of 120,000 precious works of art. Together with the museums in Beijing, Xian, Nanjing, the four are honored as the China's four major museums.

Shanghai Museum was established in 1952 and relocated twice before finding a permanent home at its present location, south of the centrally located People's Plaza, in 1996. The 29.5 meters four-storey building has a construction space of 39,200 square meters. It's a unique architectural style with vault ceiling and square base, combining China's traditional culture and modern spirit.

Shanghai Museum's rich and high-quality collection of ancient Chinese bronze,ceramics, painting and calligraphy is specially celebrated in the world. Altogether, there are eleven special galleries and three exhibition halls in the Museum.

Gallery of Ancient Chinese Bronze: Bronze artifacts have been regarded as important treasures ever since the Shang and Zhou dynasties. More than 400 pieces of exquisite bronzes are shown within the space of 1,200 square meters, providing an overall perspective of bronze art in ancient China.

Gallery of Chinese Sculpture: More than 120 ancient Chinese stone, wood, clay, pottery, and cast bronze sculptures from the Warring States period to the Ming Dynasty are displayed here. The focus is on Chinese Buddhist sculpture and figurines.

Gallery of Zande Lou Ceramics: The couple, Mr. Hu Huichun and Mrs. Wang Huayun, donated the 130 pieces of extraordinarily fine ceramics shown in this gallery.

Gallery of Chinese Paintings: More than 120 famous paintings from the Tang Dynasty up to the present time are shown within the space of 1,200 square meters.

Gallery of Chinese Calligraphy: This gallery exhibits original handwritten documents composed by eminent persons in China's history. Chinese calligraphy has a 3,000-year history, and can be traced back to the Shang Dynasty. The official script (Lishu), the regular script (Kaishu) and the cursive script (Caoshu) matured in different periods and reached their peak in the Tang and Song Dynasties.

Gallery of Chinese Seals: Over 500 variously styled signets between the Western Zhou and the Qing dynasty are presented in the 380-square-meter gallery.This is the first gallery specifically designed for displaying Chinese seals in the world.

Gallery of Chinese Ancient Jade: Well known for the reputation of "the Country of Jade" around the world, China has a 7,000-year history of jade production. The gallery presents ancient Chinese jade as another unique aspect of Chinese history and culture.

Gallery of Chinese Furniture in Ming and Qing Dynasty: More than 100 pieces of furniture are displayed in this 700 square meters gallery. Furniture made during the Ming Dynasty is famous for simple modeling, gracious line, and well-balanced scale, while furniture made during the Qing Dynasty is noted for extravagant material and splendid decoration.

Gallery of Chinese Minority Nationalities' Art:China is an ethnically diverse country composed of 56 separate nations. This gallery has gathered the most representative items from each minority ethnic group.

Gallery of Chinese Ancient CeramicsMore than 500 fine specimens are shown in the space of 1,300 square meters, dating from Neolithic times to the end of the Qing Dynasty.

Gallery of Chinese Coins: This gallery includes approximately 7,000 archaic, differently shaped coins and paper money of imponderable wealth by today's standards. More than 7,000 specimens show a historical development of ancient coins and economic exchange between ancient China and foreign countries.

In addition to the 11 galleries, the museum includes three exhibition halls, a tearoom, a restaurant, shops, a high-definition graphics hall, a library and a VIP garden.

  chinatravelkey home Home
  Copyright @ - Expert in arranging China Tour and China Hotels.