Shanghai History Museum to open Monday

Shanghai History Museum will open to public from Monday.
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

The Shanghai History Museum on Nanjing Road W.

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

The Shanghai History Museum opens to the public from March 26.

The Shanghai History Museum, with about pieces of 1,000 relics and artifacts on show, opens to the public on Monday. Admission is free.

About 80 percent of the exhibits are shown to the public for the first time, the museum said today.

The exhibits show all aspects of political, social, cultural and commercial life in Shanghai from ancient to modern times. 

The museum was established in 1953 but until now it had never found a permanent home.

The facility is now housed in the former Shanghai Race Club, next to the People’s Park on Nanjing Road W.

The neoclassical building of Shanghai Race Club has accomodated Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Library and Shanghai Art Museum over the past six decades. An interior renovation for its latest reincarnation started two years ago. The original building was built in 1863 but demolished in 1933.

The museum is closed on Mondays except on national holidays, but visitors are welcome on Monday, its opening day, the museum said.

Opening hours are from 9am to 5pm, and visitors are not admitted after 4pm.

A maximum of 10,000 visitors are allowed per day, and no more than 3,000 are allowed in the building at the same time, in a bid to protect the historical architecture, according to the museum.

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