Shanghai's Best Museums
Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre is one of Shanghai's Best Museums.

1. Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre

7.9
868 Huashan Road (Changle Road), Shanghai, Shanghai
History Museum · Jìngān · 33 tips and reviews

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: Hand-written and painted denunciation notices posted during the height of the Cultural Revolution are tucked away in one corner toward the back of the basement exhibition area. Admission is 20RMB. Read more.

Shanghai Science & Technology Museum is one of Shanghai's Best Museums.

2. Shanghai Science & Technology Museum

6.2
(上海科技馆)
世纪大道2000号 | 2000 Century Ave., Shanghai, Shanghai
Science Museum · Pǔdōng · 48 tips and reviews

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: The easily missed Light of Wisdom area on the first floor is a big playground with all manner of fun games, such as specially weighted bicycles that help you 'dance on a rope'. Admission is 60RMB. Read more.

动漫博物馆 is one of Shanghai's Best Museums.

3. 动漫博物馆

张江路69号, Shanghai, Shanghai
Museum · Pǔdōng · 3 tips and reviews

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: A real highlight is the clay moulding station on the second floor where (from as little as 10RMB) you can recreate cartoon characters in ceramics. Admission is 30RMB. Read more.

Shanghai Museum of Public Security is one of Shanghai's Best Museums.

4. Shanghai Museum of Public Security

518 Ruijin Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
History Museum · Lúwān · 1 tip

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: On the third floor, the collection of weaponry - from knuckle dusters, to sawn-off shotguns and even pistols carried by Sun Yat-sen - is oddly fascinating. Admission is free. Read more.

Shanghai Museum of Glass is one of Shanghai's Best Museums.

5. Shanghai Museum of Glass

6.9
(上海玻璃博物馆)
长江西路685号 | West Changjiang Rd. 685 (Jiangyang Rd), Shanghai, Shanghai
Art Museum · Bǎoshān · 21 tips and reviews

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: Admission is 20RMB. In a large, open industrial space at one end of the museum, glass-blowing classes are held. You'll need to book ahead and it costs 300RMB/30 minutes, but it's a unique experience. Read more.

Shanghai Post Office Museum is one of Shanghai's Best Museums.

6. Shanghai Post Office Museum

7.3
(上海邮政博物馆)
天潼路395号 (四川北路), Shanghai, Shanghai
History Museum · Tílán qiáo · 5 tips and reviews

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: On the tranquil rooftop garden, beside the museum's baroque tower decorated with figures of Eros and Hermes, you can enjoy sweeping views down Suzhou Creek towards The Bund and over to Lujiazui. Read more.

SH Jewish Refugees Museum is one of Shanghai's Best Museums.

7. SH Jewish Refugees Museum

6.5
(上海犹太难民纪念馆)
长阳路62号 (近舟山路), Shanghai, Shanghai
History Museum · Tílán qiáo · 8 tips and reviews

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: Admission is 50RMB. Once you've finished touring the museum itself, head out onto the beautiful adjacent Zhoushan Lu, one of the few places left in town where you'll find people playing carrom. Read more.

Shanghai Municipal History Museum is one of Shanghai's Best Museums.

8. Shanghai Municipal History Museum

7.0
(上海城市历史发展陈列馆)
世纪大道1号东方明珠零米大厅内 | Oriental Pearl TV Tower, 1 Century Blvd, Shanghai, Shanghai
History Museum · Lùjiāzuǐ · 7 tips and reviews

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: As impressive as the models of The Bund and Nanking Lu in the 1930s are, our favourite is the walk-through area of neon-lit massage parlours and bathhouses from the same period. Admission is 35RMB. Read more.

Shanghai Museum is one of Shanghai's Best Museums.

9. Shanghai Museum

8.1
(上海博物馆)
201 Renmin Ave, Huangpu, Shanghai
History Museum · Rénmín Guǎngchǎng · 62 tips and reviews

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: Impressive in its sheer quantity. The fourth floor's collection of traditional ethnic minority costumes offers a refreshing burst of colour when you get tired of looking at yellowed scrolls. Free. Read more.

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center is one of Shanghai's Best Museums.

10. Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center

7.6
(上海城市规划展示馆)
人民大道100号, 黄埔 | Huangpu, Shanghai
Museum · Rénmín Guǎngchǎng · 25 tips and reviews

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: Though much of the centre can be skipped, the enormous scale model of the city on the third floor is the main reason to come here. The sheer scale of it all is worth the 30RMB entrance fee alone. Read more.

Natural History Museum is one of Shanghai's Best Museums.

11. Natural History Museum

5.9
260 E Yan'an Rd (near E Henan Rd), Shanghai, Shanghai
History Museum · Běixīn qiáo · 5 tips and reviews

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: A museum from yesteryear. Come to see the 22-metre long skeleton of a giant Mamenchisaurus from the late Jurassic Period, whose bones were discovered in Sichuan province. Admission is 5RMB. Read more.

烟草博物馆 is one of Shanghai's Best Museums.

12. 烟草博物馆

(通北路), Shanghai, Shanghai
Uncategorized · Yángpǔ · 1 tip

Time Out ShanghaiTime Out Shanghai: A bewildering array of smoking paraphernalia is spread over three floors, though there's no mention of the fact that China is a world leader in smoking-related deaths. Admission is free. Read more.