Shanghai Natural History Museum - one of the largest Natural Museums in China
Located at No.399 Shanhaiguan Road, Jing’an District, the Shanghai Natural History Museum is a comprehensive museum focusing on paleontology, botany, zoology, anthropology, geology, and astronomy. The main task is to conduct scientific research and social education plus collect natural specimens, books and materials.
- Chinese Name: Shanghai Ziran Bowuguan (上海自然博物馆)
- Area: more than 4.5 x hectares
- Things to do there: Photography, Nature Science, Human Civilization
- Who visits: Photographers, Students, Nature Science Learners
- Time required: 4 – 5 x Hours
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Shanghai Natural History museum has two floors above ground and three floors underground. Visitors often explore the first floor first and the third floor underground last. The whole visit takes about half a day to one day. There are 10 permanent exhibitions in the museum, which are divided into three systems: natural evolution, life environment and human civilization.
There are tens of thousands of specimens on display in the museum, including a thousand pieces of rare specimens. You will find the largest the dinosaur in Asia which has the longest neck in the world there. You can visit the ancient corpse showroom where a total of five ancient corpses, including the Loulan female corpse excavated in the Loulan area of Xinjiang and the ancient corpses in the Tang (618 – 907), Song (960 – 1279) and Ming (1368 – 1644) Dynasties are on display.
You can find the specimens of a variety of dinosaurs, primitive algae, fungi without chlorophyll, lichens with symbiotic algae, ferns, moss, and seed plants. In addition, the specimens of pearls, oysters, Chinese paddlefish, Chinese alligator, leatherback sea turtle, brown-eared pheasant, Siberian tiger, dugong, white-flag dolphin and so on.
Best time to visit the Shanghai Natural History Museum
The best time to visit Shanghai Natural History Museum is in the morning during the opening hours as it always takes 3 – 4 hours to explore it.
How to get to the Shanghai Natural History Museum
There are several buses passing by the museum. Therefore, there are several options.
- Rent a vehicle to the museum. This is the quickest and most direct option.
- Take Bus 36, 19, 64, 136, 955, 41, 109, 301, 927, 324 and Bus 104 to the museum.
Additional Shanghai Natural History Museum Travel Advice
- Opening hours: 08:50 – 17:15 (the tickets are not issued from 16:30pm) (Tuesday – Sunday). It is closed on Monday.
- As at 7th October 2020, the entrance pricing to the museum is 30 CNY per person; the elder between 60 years old (60 years old included) and 70 years old (70 years old not included) are charged 25 CNY per person; the elder above 70 years old (70 years old included) and the children under 1.3m tall (1.3m tall not included) are free of charge.
- For the latest pricing information, please contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Please bring your passports with you when visiting the museum.
- The selfie stick or the camera tripod is not allowed to take pictures in the museum.
- If interested to enjoy the films or documentaries in the museum, please book it via its official website or on site beforehand.
- There is no parking lot in the museum. It is recommended to take public transportation to it.
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