There are plenty of science museums to visit here and you are welcome to explore the geological history of the city and its flora and fauna. Or perhaps you prefer a guided tour around some missiles, spacecraft and satellites of Shanghai Aerospace, including the Shenzhou, China’s latest spaceship.
Natural Science Museum
This museum is a part of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum (formerly Natural History Museum), which was established in 1956 and moved to its current site in 1958. Guo Moruo, the former head of the Sciences Academy, wrote an inscription for it. Its curator is Tan Jiazhen, an academic.
It has 3,000 square meters of halls, making it one of China’s largest natural science museums, containing 3,000 rare animal exhibits and covering dinosaurs, paleontology, paleo-anthropology, invertebrates, fish, amphibious animals, reptiles, birds, and mammals, along with public education services and gift shops. The museum goes back to the origins of nature and covers its evolution as a way to popularize science.
Address: 260 Yan'an Rd
Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (closed on Mondays)
Getting there: Metro Line 2 to Nanjing (E) Rd Station
Shanghai Geological Museum
This museum was established 10 years ago in the Lingkong Agriculture Garden, just a 15-minute drive from Pudong International Airport, and was formerly referred to as the "Back Garden of Pudong International Airport". It was also one of 10 municipal Popular Education Projects for 2004.
It covers a 3,800-sq-meter area and has a theme park and a great many mineral crystals, such as calcite, quarts, and fluorite for the public to view. It has red gypsum crystal from an ore mine more than 600 meters below ground and calcite and green fluorite ore weighing up to 1.5 tons. There is a large fossilized tree from Xinjiang, which is 38 meters in length.
Address: 1 Huazhou Rd
Hours: 8:30 - 17:00
Shanghai Aerospace Exhibition Hall
This hall is located in the Caohejing High-Tech Area, on a more than 1,000-sq-m space, with a display of four aerospace aspects -- missiles, spacecrafts, satellites, and launch vehicles. The hall uses technology to uncover the aerospace mysteries, for example, with a genuine HQ-61 missile, which was on parade for the 50 anniversary China.
Some of these advanced, precision industrial products were exhibited here for the first time, for example, a CZ-4 launch vehicle, Shenzhou spaceship, CK-1, FY-1 and FY-2 satellites, along with a demonstration of the Shenzhou's launch and the missile firing, as well as other exciting programs. These all show China’s aerospace achievements and reveal the technology level.
Address: 222 Caoxi Rd