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Bund Museum

1 Zhongshan East 2nd Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Tel: (21) 6321-6542

The Bund, which faces the Huangpu River, is a district with exceptional European architecture. Buildings exhibit Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque and Renaissance styles. Chronicling the development of one of the most culturally rich neighbourhoods, the Bund Museum features several photographic displays and an observatory deck overlooking both the Bund area and Pudong.

Open: daily – 9 am to 12:30 pm; admission: charge.

Himalayas Art Museum

Zendai Himalayas Centre, 3rd Floor, Zone A, 869 Yinghua Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai
Tel: (21) 5033-9801

Located by Century Park in Pudong, the recently renamed Himalayas Art Museum (formerly the Zendai Museum of Modern Art) may be off the beaten path for your average visitor, but should attract contemporary art aficionados. On the small side, this active museum nevertheless packs it full of original and more experimental works of Chinese artists in a range of mediums, including photography, sculpture, and video installations. There are also guided tours of the museum, lectures, concerts and film programs.

Open: Tuesday to Sunday – 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 9:30 pm; admission: charge.

Madame Tussauds Museum

New World Building, 10th Floor, 2-68 Nanjing West Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Tel: (21) 6358-7878

This museum is the sixth Madame Tussauds in the world and the first in mainland China. Located on the 10th floor of the New World Shopping Centre on the north side of People's Square, the museum features more than 70 wax figures, including a mix of Chinese and foreign icons like Princess Diana, Bill Gates, Jackie Chan, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Chinese Olympian Liu Xiang, and late Hong Kong singer and actor Leslie Cheung, all placed in seven themed areas, including music, film, sports, history and heroes.

Open: daily – 10 am to 9 pm; admission: charge.

Museum of Folk Art

Zhongshan South 1st Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Tel: (21) 6313-5582

Another step closer to reaching Shanghai's planned 100 museums, this one showcases collections of just about any folk arts and crafts you can think of. Rotating exhibits have included tiny shoes for bound feet and 1930s cigarette labels. If this doesn't grab you, come see the significantly more interesting building housing the exhibits. This was the original Sanshan Guild Hall (Sanshan Huiguan), the only one remaining of several guildhalls that used to dot the neighbourhood. Funded by merchants from Fujian Province, it was built in 1909, in a traditional style with upturned eaves, carved beams, and colourfully painted rafters. The stage, in particular, stands out for its elaborate carvings.

Open: daily – 9 am to 4 pm; admission: no charge.


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