The Shanghai Museum opens free to the public by online reservation with a valid ID only.
Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (last entry at 4:00 pm)
Closed on Mondays (excluding national holidays)
Entrance: South Gate (on Wusheng Road)
Exit: North Gate (by the People’s Square)
Since December 8th 2022, we accept reservations for no more than 8000 admissions per day.
Regulations on Free Admission
According to the Notice of Free Admission to Museums and Memorials in China issued by the CPC Publicity Department, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Culture and the National Cultural Heritage Administration, the following regulations are designed to stipulate the free admission of the public to the Shanghai Museum.
I. Latest on Visitor Guidelines:
- All visitors (including seniors and children) shall make online reservations with IDs. Since February 1st, the daily entries are now limited to 8,000, including 500 group visitors. (Please log onto the Shanghai Museum official website for group reservation.)
- You can book your visit within 7 days in advance via the Shanghai Museum’s official website and the WeChat official account, or on the mini-app 文旅一码游 (Chinese only). Each reservation can be made for up to 5 persons. One ID can be used only once a day.
- To enter the Museum, you need to present your original ID card or reservation code to be scanned by a check-in pad to enter the Museum. Seniors 70 and older, visitors with disabilities, and healthcare workers can have priority check-in guided by staff if presenting the reservation code together with valid ID or certificate.
- Please arrive at the Museum within your booked time slot, otherwise, the entry will be denied.
- If you cannot visit as reserved, please cancel your reservation at least 2 hours in advance. If you’ve missed your reservations twice without cancelling, you will not be able to book within 30 days after the second missed reservation.
- Please always wear a medical mask properly inside the Museum.
- Select food and beverage are available in the visitors’ restaurant (1F) and the tearoom (the Juliana Young Koo Pavilion, 2F). Please do not consume food or drink in other places, including galleries, corridors, lobby and shop.
- You are advised to finish your visit within 2 hours to avoid crowds inside the Museum. For safety reasons, restrictions may be taken for crowd control at short notice. Thank you for your understanding.
- Guided tours need approvals from the Museum in advance.
II. For the security of exhibits and a pleasant environment for all, visitors shall observe the following regulations:
- Visitors inappropriately dressed, such as topless or barefoot, will not be allowed to enter the Museum
- Distribution of merchandise or advertising material is prohibited inside the Museum.
- Animals are not allowed in the Museum.
- Children shall always be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. Senior visitors with limits on activity shall also be accompanied by a relative, a guardian or a care-taker.
- Large luggage shall be checked in the cloakroom (free of charge).
- Smoking or using flame is strictly prohibited inside the Museum building.
- Please do not touch exhibits on open display.
- Please keep voice low in the galleries. Loudspeakers, voice amplifiers or microphones must not be used inside the Museum.
- Patients with mental disease or disorder may be refused to enter the Museum or be asked to leave the Museum if our security officers believe that person would cause risk, annoyance or disturbance to other visitors. Patients with mild symptoms shall always be accompanied by a guardian.
- Only pencils are allowed for writing or sketching in the galleries.
- Persons who are believed to be intoxicated will be refused to enter the Museum.
- No photography tripods (support frames), selfie sticks, huge or medium sized professional DV devices are allowed in the Museum.
- You can call 021-63723500 ext.132 for more information.
Except where indicated by notice, photography is allowed in permanent and special temporary exhibitions in our Museum for your own private and non-commercial use. Please do not use flashlight, tripods or selfie sticks, and pay attention to the safety of your own property, other visitors and the exhibits while you take photos. You shall always follow the advice or instruction of our staff and security guards.
Photography in special temporary exhibitions is subject to the copyright agreement on such exhibition. Please pay attention to the sign at the hall entrance or inside the hall indicating if photography is allowed.