6 Shanghai Museums Worth Visiting at Night This Summer

By Yuzhou Hu, 2019-07-11 15:13:44

It’s tough for students and workers to visit museums during the week considering most venues close at 5pm. Thankfully, 14 museums in Shanghai are extending their hours this summer, according to Sohu.

Here are our top six picks:

Shanghai Museum

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The Shanghai Museum is easily the most prominent museum in the city. Apart from a collection of over 120,000 works, the museum is home to all kinds of intriguing exhibitions. Three special exhibitions are currently on display, including Lustre Revealed: Jingdezhen Porcelain Wares in Mid Fifteenth Century, Silver in the History of Chinese Currency and Arts of the Great Ocean, which will guarantee visitors a better understanding of the history of China as well as the civilization of Oceania.

Nighttime hours: 6-9pm (last entry 8pm) on July 12 and 26
Reservation required (Add WeChat ID 'SH-Museum')

Shanghai Museum, see listing here.

Shanghai History Museum

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As the name suggests, the Shanghai History Museum condenses the history and culture of the city into dozens of glass display cabinets. Some of the most renowned relics include the cannon used in the first Opium War, the wedding sedan chair, and a pair of bronze lions, which were located at the entrance of the former HSBC Building. The complex itself has a history of more than 80 years and was once the Shanghai Race Club Building.

Nighttime hours: 5-8pm (last entry 7pm), every Friday until Sep 20
Reservation required (Call 2329 9999)

Shanghai History Museum, see listing here.

Shanghai World Expo Museum

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Whether you missed the 2010 Shanghai Expo or just want to re-experience it, Shanghai World Expo Museum, with a collection showcasing the 150 years of Expo history, is a must-visit museum. This summer, it is holding special exhibitions spotlighting Einstein and Chinese tea ceremonies, which will bring you closer to the world-famous genius and traditional Chinese culture.

Nighttime hours: 5-8pm (last entry 7.30pm), every Friday from Aug to Sept

Shanghai World Expo Museum, see listing here.

Liuli China Museum

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Liuli China Museum is the first Chinese museum dedicated to contemporary glass art. Located on the bustling Taikang Lu, the museum stands out with its giant glass peonies on the exterior, which glow gorgeously at night. The interior of the museum is equally as fabulous and features a large number of glass-made masterpieces from both China and around the world.

Nighttime hours: 5-7.30pm (last entry 7pm), every Friday until Sep 13

Liuli China Museum, see listing here.

China Table Tennis Museum

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It’s no secret that China is home to some of the best table tennis players in the world. Do you want to find out the secret to their success? The pavilion, which is very close to the Shanghai World Expo Museum, displays a collection of over 12,000 items, including the first ping-pong ball in the world as well as tons of trophies won by local athletes. You can even play a game with virtual professionals in the interactive section and test your table tennis skills.

Nighttime hours: 5-9.30pm (last entry 9pm), every Friday until Sep 13
Reservation required (Add WeChat ID 'ITTFMuseumCTTAMuseum')

China Table Tennis Museum, see listing here.

Former Residence of Sun Yat-sen

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Located within the French Concession area of Shanghai, the residence is where Sun Yat-sen spent the last stage of his life with his wife. Exhibiting numerous personal belongings and letters of Sun, the complex can help visitors better understand his path and perseverance in the revolution and the love between him and Soong Ching-ling.

Nighttime hours: 5-6.30pm (last entry 6pm) on July 12, July 26, Aug 9, Aug 23 and Sep 6

Former Residence of Sun Yat-sen, see listing here.

[Cover image via The Paper, Dianping, WeChat and Wikipedia]