Shanghai has always been a city of many cultures and is still that way today. So there’s nothing strange about having Madame Tussauds, a Shanghai version of the wax museum with a history of more than 200 years. It is also home to the Memorial Hall of Huang Daopo, the mother of China’s textile industry, both in the “culture museums” category.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Hundreds and millions of people have passed through the doors of the parent museum which opened more than 200 years ago and it is just as popular today as it ever was. There are many reasons for this, the most important of them being people's curiosity. Here, visitors get an opportunity to make an emotional contact with powerful people and famous celebrities.
Address: 10/F, New World Department Store, 2-26 Nanjing W Rd
Getting there: Metro Line 1 or 2 to People's Square Station
Huang Daopo Memorial Hall
The hall has three exhibition rooms -- a main room with photos, texts, and household goods from the life of Huang Daopo to show her contribution to China's textile industries, and two other rooms with a display of spinning and weaving tools, machines and cotton-made products to show their changes in different periods of time.
Address: Dongwan village, Huajing
Hours: 9:00 - 16:00
Hand-Printed Blue Nankeen Exhibition
This contains exhibits of blue nankeen, the most popular hand-woven, hand-printed fabric of ordinary Chinese and, even though it is not as luxuriant as silk, its artistry has made certain that it is never out of fashion. It is similar to blue glazed porcelain of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) in reflecting the deep culture, taste, and artistic touch of the sharp blue – white contrast.
People often find themselves involuntarily admiring its purity as a traditional folk culture. A Japanese woman, Masa Kubo, who contributed a great deal to Sino-Japan relations, collected many rare examples of blue nankeen from ordinary people over many decades, and thanks also to the Shanghai Textile Import and Export Co, we now have the China Hand-Printed Blue Nankeen Exhibition Hall, which is open to the public.
Address: 24 Lane 637, Changle Rd
Hours: 9:00 - 17:00
Wulixiang-Shikumen Open House
"Open House" here refers to the custom of neighbors dropping by for a visit, as in "dao wulixiang lai zuo zuo" (drop by and sit for awhile), where wulixiang means “home” in the Shanghai dialect. Open house here also has the sense of “open invitation”, so, this museum at Xintiandi is an authentic recreation of a typical Shikumen house of the 1920s, and a place to get a sense of old Shanghai and recall the past.
Address: 25 Lane 181, Taicang Rd
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 10:30 - 22:30; Friday to Saturday, 11:00 - 23:00
Shanghai Animation and Comics Museum
This museum, which covers a 7,000-sq-m area, shows the origins, forms, and production of animation through various ways to provide an extracurricular animation classroom for students, teachers and enthusiasts of all kinds. It has three floors with comics, animation, and interactive halls and a multi-purpose 3D cinema.
Hours: 10:00–17:00 (closed Mondays)
Getting there: Metro Line 2 to the Zhangjiang High-tech Park Station, change to Dong Chuan Line to the Tuanjie Station, or take Bus No 609