Shanghai History Museum
Also known as Shanghai Municipal History Museum, this museum in Pudong traces the history of the city.
Collections from the early days of the city include some important artifacts from the Ming and Qing Dynasty, in particulae a collection of impressive embroidery work which the city was well noted for. The main focus of the museum is more modern day history from the opening of the port in 1843 to the communist take-over in 1949. Some of the more interesting pieces include the original bronze lions from outside the HSBC bank, and an exhibit of the boundary system and markers used in the International Settlements.
Of note are the recreations of Shanghai city scenes. Tour the reproductions of housing and shop interiors from Shanghai’s origins as a farming community, through to the European influences of the 1920s and 1930s. Interesting displays of the modern city include models of many of the city’s buildings, photographs and artifacts (including cars!) from the height of the colonial era.