Shanghai Museum is a treasure house
of Chinese cultural essence with a rich collection
of 120,000 valuable antique items. Together with
the museums in Beijing, Xian, Nanjing, the four
are honored as the China's four major museums. Shanghai
Museum is especially famous for its treasures of
bronzes (bells, knives, axeheads, chariot ornaments),
ceramics, Chinese calligraphy and traditional paintings.
Shanghai Museum is a must-see for
foreign visitors to Shanghai. It was built in
the 1930s, formerly occupied by Zhong Hui Bank
owned by a Shanghai celebrity Yuesheng Du. In
1952, it was converted into a museum. The five
big gilt characters on the lintel were written
by Yi Chen, the first mayor of Shanghai after
the founding of new China.
Occupying a land of 0.8 hectares with
two floors underground and five floors above in
height of 29.5 meters, the new museum building
was erected in September 1994 and most of the
facilities were installed in 1995. It was entirely
opened on October 12.
The new Shanghai Museum has ten special
galleries of bronze, calligraphy, ceramics, furniture,
jades, minority art, paintings, sculpture, seal
carvings, coins and arts and crafts, together
with a special gallery of donated relics and three
temporary exhibition halls.
Shanghai Museum has installed
advanced security and fire alarm systems, educational
services, a computerized library and an automation
system. Besides this, Shanghai Museum has facilities
for multimedia guide, an information center, a
High Definition Graphics system, an audio tour,
the lecture room equipped with a system of spontaneous
interpretation. You can check out a device that
allows you to hear a description of an item after
punching in the item number. The audio tour is
available in eight languages. The library in the
museum has 200,000 volumes of books in collection.
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