Seen from a far distance, Shanghai Museum looks like an ancient bronze ware, which is 29.5-meter tall with four stories, and it’s composed of 6 areas, namely, the Open Area, the Warehouse Area, the Academic Area, the Scientific & Research Area, the Management Area and the Equipment Area.One of the four famous museums in China in addition to Beijing Museum, Nanjing Museum and Xi’an Museum, Shanghai Museum is perched in the center of Shanghai with Shanghai People’s Square in the north, which is round in its upper part and square in its lower part in appearance, symbolizing the Chinese traditional philosophical idea that the Heaven was round and the Earth is square.
Covering an area of 40,000 square meters, Shanghai Museum holds 11 thematic exhibit halls and 3 special exhibit halls, with an exhibit area of 12,000 square meters, where over 120,000 pieces of valuable cultural relics are exhibited, highlighted by bronze wares, porcelains and calligraphic & painting works, and you can find the seals, sculptures, jade wares, coins, furniture and ethnic handicrafts in the museum as well.
The Chinese Ancient Bronze Ware Hall, the Chinese Ancient Sculpture Hall and a special hall are distributed on the first story. On the second story are the Chinese Ancient Porcelain Hall, Zandelou Porcelain Hall and a special hall, and the All-Dynasty Chinese Calligraphic Works Hall and All-Dynasty Chinese Painting Works Hall and All-Dynasty Chinese Seal Hal are arranged on the third story. On the fourth story stand the Ancient Chinese Jade Ware Hall, All-Dynasty Chinese Coin Hall, Ming and Qing-era Furniture Hall and the Chinese Ethnic Minority Handicraft Hall and a Special Hall.
The bronze wares in Shanghai Museum are mainly collected by collectors from South China, of which the famous ones include the Giant Tripod from the Western Zhou dynasty, the teapot emblazoned with dragons from the Spring and Autumn Period. The porcelains in Shanghai Museum are mainly from some official kilns of the Tang, the Song, the Yuan, the Ming and the Qing dynasties, including celadon porcelains and blue & porcelains.
In addition, a number of classical calligraphic works are available in Shanghai Museum
, all of which were written by famous Chinese calligraphers such as Wang Xianzhi from the Jin dynasty and Gao Xian from the Tang dynasty, making it an ideal place for calligraphy lovers. Of course, you can explore more in the neighboring attractions such as Shanghai Zoo, Shanghai Jing’an Temple and Shanghai Confucian Temple.
Author: Yang Qingwei