Shanghai Museum is located at People’s Square which is in the centre of Shanghai. It is very large museum having ancient Chinese art. Its presentation and style surround its visitors with the artifacts which demonstrate ancient philosophy and wisdom. Exterior design in this museum has round dome and a square base which symbolizes the ideas of the round heaven and the square land.
This museum has eleven galleries as well as three exhibition halls. The eleven galleries are made to cover almost all categories of the Chinese art which are Ancient Ceramic, Ancient Bronze, Ancient Sculpture, Calligraphy, Paintings, Ancient Jade, Ming, Coins, Qing and Ming Furniture, minority Nationalities and Seals.
The bronze wares of Zhou and Shang dynasty have contributed to the understandings of the ancient civilizations. This covers over four hundred pieces of the exquisite bronze ware which covers the entire history of the ancient bronze art of China.
The ceramics collection is the special treasure of the Shanghai Museum. It contains more than 500 pieces of art work from different dynasties which includes gray and painted pottery of Neolithic age, Primitive celadon of Shang, Warring and Zhou States, celadon of East Han Dynasty and the tri-colored glazed pottery of Tang Dynasty, white black and blue glazed and painted porcelain of Song Liao and Jin and the works of Jiangxi and Jingdezhen center of the industry during Ming, Yuan and Qing dynasties.
Chinese calligraphy and painting have unique and traditional styles. There are several masterpieces from various periods and genre which are featured in the Shanghai Museum. The gallery of the Ancient Chinese Sculpture mainly focuses on the sculptures of the Buddhists.
Jade in ancient China was used for the decoration and known for the symbol of power and wealth. It was also personified for symbolizing the perfect morality. The elegance of the jade can be seen through the vivid patterns and crystal colors.
The gallery of the Shanghai museum depicts the garden like residence of the ancient China. The furniture from Qing and Ming witnessed the etiquette and culture of China.
The Galleries of Chinese seals show the importance of seals in the history from the period of Western Zhou to the Qing dynasty. China was one of the countries which used the currency. You can find many coins in this museum which reflects the development of the Chinese currency.
You can also find the diversity in the Chinese culture and collaboration of many nationalities. You can see varieties of metal wares, textiles, sculptures, lacquer, pottery, bamboo wares which gives the picture of passion and creativity. This museum is well connected by all routes.