Art museums

(meet-in-shanghai.net) | Feb 28, 2014

Shanghai is an Asian art center, with a long artistic tradition and a thriving art market today, so naturally it has many important art museums that offer the best in timeless works of art.

Museum of Oriental Musical Instrument

This museum, which is inside the Shanghai Music Conservatory, has more than 400 instruments on display, in four areas – Classical Chinese, Contemporary Chinese, Ethnic Minority, and Foreign Instruments from Korea, India, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Russia, Australia and West Africa.

Address: 20 Fenyang Rd, Shanghai
Tel: +86-21-6437-0137/2134

Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum
The museum’s main building houses an exhibition hall for folk arts, carvings, and embroideries, and has 10 special workshops with 50 artisans. The exhibits and collections contain masterpieces of modern and contemporary arts. There are also shops and a research institute that provide artworks, crafts, and tourist souvenirs.

Address: 79 Fenyang Rd
Tel: +86-21-6431-1431
Hours: 9:00 - 17:00  

China Art Palace

This is located in the 2010 Shanghai World Expo’s China Pavilion in a 64,000-sq-m space with 27 exhibition halls, a theater, conference hall, and a library for collections, displays, exchanges, research and education. It has permanent displays of State-owned art collections to shows the origins and evolution of Chinese contemporary and modern art and it works with artists across China to collect and display Chinese creations.

It also works with art museums around the world to display contemporary and modern art treasures from other countries. Visitors can get an eye-opening encounter with China’s and other countries’ finest art creations. There is also a 559-sq-m coffee, tea, and dining area, with Western fast food.

Address: 161 Shangnan Rd, Pudong district
Tel: +86-400-921-9021
Website: artshow.eastday.com
Admission: Free (with reservation online)
Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (no admissions after 16:00)
Getting there: Metro Line 8 to China Art Museum Station

Power Station of Art
This is housed in the 2010 Shanghai World Expo’s Urban Future Pavilion. It was the mainland’s first contemporary art museum and is an urban venue for art exhibits, collections, research, exchanges, and experiential education. It covers a 41,000-sq-m space that contains 12 exhibition halls of different sizes, a library, research rooms, and lecture halls, and is an ideal place for international exchanges in visual arts and contemporary art from China and other countries.

It has displays of contemporary art, literature, and films to provide a multi-media, cross-disciplinary site for art exchanges and brings together art from China and other countries to expand the cultural horizons of the public, give teenagers innovative ideas, and inject vitality into cultural creation. The venue helped lay the groundwork for Shanghai’s move to become a center art dissemination, display, exchanges and cooperation.

Address: 200 Huayuangang Rd, Huangpu district
Tel: +86-400-921-9021
Admission: Free (with reservation online)
Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (closed Mondays and no admissions after 16:00)
Getting there: Metro lines 4 and 8 to South Xizang Rd Station


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