Today beauty and charm coexist with kitsch and commercialism. From the colonial architecture of the Former French Concession to the forest of cranes and the neon-lit high-rises of Pudong, Shanghai is a city of paradox and change.

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  • 1. China Art Museum

    Pudong | Museum/Gallery

    Housed inside the China Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo (which had sites on both sides of the river in Pudong and Puxi), this gleaming...Read More

  • 2. m97 Gallery

    Jing'an | Museum/Gallery

    Situated in the M50 arts district for about 10 years before moving to this location in 2016, this gallery and project space specializes in...Read More

  • 3. Power Station of Art

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    The site of the Shanghai World Expo was a barren wasteland until this massive contemporary art museum, housed in a former power plant, opened...Read More

  • 4. Rockbund Art Museum

    The Bund | Museum/Gallery

    The detailing on this 1932 art deco building is as enticing as the artwork inside. Rockbund has no permanent collection, which keeps things...Read More

  • 5. Shanghai Museum

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

    Look past the eyesore of an exterior—this museum holds the country's premier collection of relics and artifacts. Eleven galleries exhibit Chinese...Read More

  • 6. Shanghai Urban Planning Center

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

    To understand the true scale of Shanghai and its ongoing building boom, visit the Master Plan Hall of this museum. Sprawled out on the third...Read More

  • 7. Yuz Museum

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    In a former airport hangar and within walking distance of the Long Museum, the Yuz Museum is the brainchild of Chinese-Indonesian art collector...Read More

  • 8. Former Residence of Dr. Sun Yat-sen

    French Concession | Museum/Gallery

    Sun Yat-sen, the father of the Republic of China, lived in this two-story house from 1919 to 1924. His wife, Soong Qing-ling, of the illustrious...Read More

  • 9. Long Museum

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    Billionaire art collectors Liu Yiqian and Wang Wei don't do anything halfway; their Long Museum, designed by Shanghai-based firm Atelier Deshaus...Read More

  • 10. Long Museum

    Pudong | Museum/Gallery

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  • 11. M50

    Putuo | Museum/Gallery

    This cluster of art galleries and artist studios, inside a sprawling former textile mill and slated for even more renovation and development...Read More

  • 12. Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art

    Hongkou | Museum/Gallery

    Covering more than 14,400 square feet, Shanghai's first state-owned modern art gallery wraps around a metal spiral staircase that's a work of...Read More

  • 13. Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum

    Pudong | Museum/Gallery

    This sleek museum is on the site of Shanghai's 2010 World Expo, which was held in areas along both sides of the river. It takes its name from...Read More

  • 14. Shanghai Municipal History Museum

    Pudong | Museum/Gallery

    This impressive museum in the base of the Pearl Tower recalls Shanghai's pre-1949 history. Inside, you can stroll down a re-created Shanghai...Read More

  • 15. Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

    Pudong | Museum/Gallery

    This family favorite has more than 100 hands-on exhibits in its sprawling galleries. Earth Exploration takes you through fossil layers to the...Read More

  • 16. Shikumen Open House Museum

    Xintiandi | Museum/Gallery

    Just off Xintiandi's main thoroughfare is this beautifully restored shikumen (stone gatehouse) filled with furniture and artifacts collected...Read More

  • 17. Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party

    City Center | Historic Home

    The secret meeting on July 31, 1921 that marked the first National Congress was held at the Bo Wen Girls' School, where 13 delegates from Marxist...Read More

  • 18. Soong Qing-ling's Former Residence

    French Concession | Historic Home

    A daughter of the prominent Soong family, Soong Qing-ling (also known as Madame Sun Yat-sen) was first a Nationalist and then a Communist. Her...Read More

  • 19. James Cohan Gallery

    French Concession | Museum/Gallery

    The Shanghai outpost of the New York Gallery of the same name brings in big name international artists like Fred Tomaselli as well as rising...Read More

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