Shanghai is and long has been a key transportation hub for East China and even East Asia. Its railway and maritime museums have a lot to offer visitors and are a great place to learn about the importance of transportation throughout its history, and how the relation between transportation and the city continues to improve the well-being of everyone.
Shanghai Railway Museum
Railways have been an important part of human civilization and were pioneers in modern industrial development. In China, they got their formal start with the Wu Song Railway of 1876, and were part of the uneasy development of the old China. After the founding of the People's Republic, a new railway system began to develop rapidly.
And this railway museum uses historical materials and objects to demonstrate the course of that development, especially in Shanghai and East China over the past 100 years. It shows the past and present to help make people more familiar with China’s railway system and its facts and concerns.
Address: 200 Tianmu (E) Rd
Hours: 9:00–16:00, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
C.Y. Tung Maritime Museum
This museum is located at Shanghai Jiaotong University in a two-story, 90-year-old Western-style building with a courtyard and was previously used as students’ dormitory. It was founded by Hong Kong’s Tung Foundation and Shanghai Jiaotong University and has a 600-sq-m exhibition area that houses a Chinese Maritime History Gallery and C.Y. Tung Gallery.
The history gallery has a permanent exhibit of maps, photographs, archival materials, maritime trade routes, and artifacts that show China's maritime history going as far back as the Neolithic Period. The C.Y. Tung Gallery has a permanent display of objects, photographs, archival materials, and ship models that portray the legendary life of C. Y. Yung, one of the “Seven Sea Barons of the World”.
Address: 1954 Huashan Rd
Hours: 13:30 - 17:00, Tuesday to Sunday
China Maritime Museum
This museum is located at Dishui Lake, covering a 24,800-sq-m area, and is China’s first maritime museum. It has displays of China's maritime culture, history, and technology and contains a showcase of 20,000 items that describe history, ships, ports, maritime safety, mariner and military navigation.
Address: 197 Shengang Ave, Lingang Town, Pudong district
Hours: 9:30 - 16:30 (closed Mondays, except during national holidays)