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Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts

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Address: No.79 Fenyang Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 200000, China
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+86 21 6431 4074
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Museum displays traditional crafts of ivory, jade and wood carvings,...

Museum displays traditional crafts of ivory, jade and wood carvings, textiles, painted snuff bottles and a variety of folk crafts. There are some studios where you can watch artisans at work, as well as a gift shop of high-quality goods (and prices).

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Beautiful Garden Building in Former French Concession Area

This stop was part of our tour to see various arts & crafts of China. No mistake, the ivory, wood, & jade carvings are quiet impressive, but what is really interesting is the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This stop was part of our tour to see various arts & crafts of China. No mistake, the ivory, wood, & jade carvings are quiet impressive, but what is really interesting is the building itself, built in 1905 and the gardens outside in the former French Concession area of Shanghai. Very peaceful and tranquil, hard to believe that you are... More 

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Northbrook, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017

Housed in a gorgeous European style home, the Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts has a nice collection of a wide range of crafts. It's a small collection that I got through in an hour. I wish there was more folk art. The jade, porcelain and embroidery would have been owned by the elites, I figure. Still it's well worth... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

My hotel recommended this because the Shanghai Museum would have been too crowded on a rainy day. This was a little gem because of the visit to a historic house and the beautiful intricate carvings. You can also buy art works by the artisans who work there. The cost of admission is 8 Renminbi, which is a great price.

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Thank tyang01
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

This museum has some excellent examples of Chinese arts and crafts including work in paper, stone, pottery, china, jewellery and embroidery. Some fine examples from mostly the 20th century are on display in cases on the main level (check out the ink stones), while craftspeople work on contemporary pieces throughout the building. Much of the work is for sale, from... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

It's a small space with lots of local artists doing there thing in small rooms. The Jade and Ivory work is unbelievably detailed and at 8RMB for entry you really can't go wrong.

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1 Thank Selin L
Shanghai, China
2 reviews
Reviewed 13 December 2016

The creaky wood floors, whispering sounds of the discussions of the crafts turned my attentions from uninterest to curiosity.

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Sarnia, Canada
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

The Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts contain art works of various periods of Chinese arts and crafts. The building is an impressive architectural work and decorations. There are sections of the various dynasty paintings and sculptures. There is also a section devoted to the different indigenous tribes of China showing their customs and arts. The collection of arts and... More 

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Thank Rey M
Shanghai, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Alex Park: Shanghai Art and Crafts museum managers accurately display the process of creating Chinese style sculptures for foreign tourists. Apple Chang: On all three floors workers moved their swift and skillful hands carefully. Soon, realistic looking dough models, complex paper cuttings, and elegant silk embroideries begin to appear under the worker's nimble fingertips.

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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

The museum includes a lot of artworks that show the change of China as a whole changing through the past decades. It is an excellent place for visual learners to come to this museum to understand and analyze these artifacts and artworks.

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Shanghai, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 November 2016

The main artwork placed by the gate of the museum showed a massive ivory carving which had charming details of sculpting and faultless designs. The portrait showing the entire panorama of a Chinese city emphasized on the details and clarity of the artwork, and that startled me the most.(By Carol Park) The ancient bathroom is the only room left untouched... More 

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Former French Concession
While there are technical borders to the area formerly governed by the French in Shanghai, the "French Concession" of today is an amorphous neighborhood that is a favorite of the city's foreign residents. While it is mostly within the Xuhui district, residents will sometimes include parts of Jing'an and Luwan in their mental maps of the Former French Concession. The area seems frozen in time, characterized by quiet, tree-lined avenues, French-style villas, interesting boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes that are not typical of China. All of these mix and mingle with local life as Chinese markets and lanehouse communities are peppered throughout. Denizens of the Former French Concession can spectate a mahjong game on the street or get their bike checked at a tiny bike repair store on the way to their refurbished apartment tucked away among Chinese family homes.
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