The Shanghai Museum moved to its current site at the People’s Square
in 1995. This urn-shaped building is one of the most impressive
new structures of the city. Inside, the museum houses a comprehensive
collection of some of China’s finest
relics and artifacts - paintings, bronzes, sculptures, ceramics,
calligraphy, jade, imperial furniture, coins, seals and minority
The bronze collection,
which dates from the 17th to 14th century BC is said to be among
the best in the world. The museum also has live demonstrations of
ancient pottery making techniques. An excellent art library is also
located here, but you must call ahead to arrange an appointment.
The museum shop offers antiques as well as quality reproductions.