Shanghai is a fabulous global city that has much to offer visitors from the West.
Whether you want to experience the glitz and glam of the modern parts of Shanghai, the venerable history of the Chinese people, or even just the delicious cuisine, you’ll find something delightful about Shanghai.
One of the many things that people love to do on Shanghai vacations is to explore the vibrant museum scene.
From animal attractions to art museums to historical collections, there’s basically a little bit of everything for visitors to Shanghai to enjoy.
Want Passes to Top Shanghai Museums?
Admission to a number of these attractions is included on the Go Shanghai® Card.
Choose as you go from dozens of topic attractions and save up to 30% on admission versus paying at the gate.
Museums available on the Go Shanghai® Card include:
- Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
- Shanghai Tower: Guanfu Classical Art Museum
- Shanghai Zoo
- Shanghai Museum of Glass
- Shanghai Grand View Garden
- Shanghai Changfeng Ocean World
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
This “garden of happiness” is sure to delight all visitors looking to explore Chinese culture.
It’s located in the Old City neighborhood of Shanghai, and is comprised of several different garden areas.
You can explore Sansui Hall, Wanhua Chamber, Dianchun Hall, Huijing Hall, Yuhua Hall, and the Inner Garden.
These areas encompass everything from strolling paths and serene ponds to bursts of flora and impressive stones.
Getting In: Yu Garden tickets are included with the Go Shanghai® Card.
Shanghai Tower: Guanfu Classical Art Museum
Part of the iconic Shanghai Tower, this high elevation art museum is actually a private collection of lovely pieces from China’s storied past.
This unique collection of rare artifacts and objects includes porcelain pieces, Buddha statuary, precious metals, and more.
You’ll also be able to see the fascinating relationship between western art and its eastern influences in the East-West Hall.
Getting In: Guanfu Classical Art Museum tickets are included with the Go Shanghai® Card.
Who doesn’t love a good zoo – especially one with China’s most famous critter, the giant panda?
Visitors can also meet various other native animals, including golden monkeys and South China tigers.
Of course, there are plenty of animals on display from around the globe, too, such as giraffes, kangaroos, elephants, alligators, and more.
Be sure to check out the Scientific Building, where you can learn all about the inhabitants of the zoo.
Getting In: Shanghai Zoo tickets are included with the Go Shanghai® Card.
Shanghai Museum of Glass
A distinctive institution that showcases the beauty and splendor of the glass arts, the Shanghai Museum of Glass is a must-see.
It’s housed in a building that was once home to a glass factory and has since been converted into a museum.
Visitors can explore fascinating exhibits like BRKN, a collection of purposefully shattered and broken glass pieces. There is even a specific area for kids.
You can also see a glass-blowing demonstration and other crafting exhibitions.
Getting In: Shanghai Museum of Glass tickets are included with the Go Shanghai® Card.
Shanghai Grand View Garden
The Shanghai Grand View Garden is precisely modeled after the imaginary garden in the classic Chinese fiction, Dream of the Red Mansions.
It’s located on two acres along the scenic Dianshan Lake and features a striking collections of pavilions, traditional Chinese buildings and structures, unique plants, and much more.
If you’d like to deepen your experience of this beautiful space, you can take a yacht, boat, or raft ride around the lake (for an extra fee).
Getting In: Shanghai Grand View Garden tickets are included with the Go Shanghai® Card.
Shanghai Changfeng Ocean World
Another excellent attraction for the animal lovers, Changfeng Ocean World is a one-of-a-kind aquarium.
They play host to over 10,000 marine specimens scattered across multiple themed exhibits, each of which offers something unique.
See creatures and plants from diverse ecosystems and parts of the world in each new area, with themes like “Deep Sea Secret,” “Seahorse Kingdom,” and “Colorful Coral Belt.”
They’re also particularly known for their shark tunnels, so be sure to say hi to these fearsome but lovable predators.
Getting In: Shanghai Changfeng Ocean World tickets are included with the Go Shanghai® Card.
Remember to Save on Museum Admission
Whether you love art, history, or animals, Shanghai has a museum for you.
If you want to add a few of these top Shanghai museums to your itinerary, snag a Go Shanghai® Card to save up to 55% on combined admission prices.