Shanghai Municipal History Museum

When visiting the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower in Pu Dong new district, other than the attractions waiting for you at the top, there is one other significantly beautiful and informative attraction, located in the base of the tower. Shanghai Municipal History Museum is located in the Tower’s pedestal and shows the development of Shanghai over the course of history.

This is an excellent exhibition which was opened in May 2001 and is owned by the Shanghai History Museum. Shanghai Municipal History Museum is dedicated to showing Shanghai’s development during the time so you can get a better understanding of this beautiful city and what it has gone through.

When entering this place, you will face five main sections. These sections each help to draw a much vivid presentation of Shanghai, from a small seashore fishing village to a large modern metropolis.

  • Trace Back to HuaTing
  • Style and Features of the Town
  • Sketches from Opening of the Port
  • Foreign Settlements
  • Shanghai Old footsteps

You can witness here, waxworks, cars, tramways, dioramas and also life-size recreations of old Shanghai. The exhibitions completely reflect the historical evolvement of the Shanghai economy, culture, politics, society and people’s life. Life-size replicas of old Shanghai people, street and shops would make a trip back in time to see the old city.

These objects show how Shanghai has changed and developed over the years and from post-colonial time. The exhibits also show how the English people and other occupying nations have influenced Shanghai’s culture. English courts, foreign architecture and how the daily  life of Shanghai has changed are all here to be seen. There are detailed texts about each section so if you enjoy history and want to better understand the exhibits, you have a lot of information coming to you.

There are different media to show you the history of the city by showing normal objects such as cars and also streets to help you draw a finer image in your head about the city. Additionally, there are examples of how the city’s port has changed during the time, from the use of sailing ships to modern ships.

This display has presented the features and styles of Shanghai in over a hundred years. It shows the course of history from the Port-opening in 1843 up to the city’s liberation which happened in 1949. This museum was also listed as one of the first group members of Juvenile Education Base in Shanghai.

The Shanghai Municipal History Museum includes a diorama of modern Shanghai where tall towers like the Oriental Pearl Tower itself, World Financial Center and the Huangpu River are there to see. After visiting the whole museum, you will get a much better understanding of Shanghai and its history and changes during the time and understand how much a city can change in the span of 100 years.

There is an admission fee for the museum and you can buy the ticket when you want to visit the tower.

Shanghai Municipal History Museum has been considered a worthy place to spend your time and you will most definitely like it.

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