This institution showcases a large collection of ancient Chinese works.
When walking the streets of Shanghai, it sometimes seems as if the city has lost interest in its own history beyond the 1930s. But this museum will make you think otherwise. This monumental tribute to Chinese craftsmanship boasts more than 120,000 works in 11 galleries, which focus on ancient bronzes, ceramics, calligraphy, jade, Chinese seals and minority handicrafts.
The museum is well laid out for perusing, and it provides a hushed respite from the crowds outside. When you're done, if you still have the energy, cross the square to the Shanghai Art Museum (a beautiful, 1930s Neoclassical landmark) to gaze at some contemporary pieces, and to grab a bite at Kathleen's 5 Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, overlooking the square.
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